Meet the speakers at our 20th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

04 September 2019 by Sarah Phillips

On the 26th September, we'll be hosting our 20th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit. As ever, we are thrilled to be joined by some of the biggest names in retail, leisure and tech who will be sharing their experiences and opinion on how the market is being 'reset' to facilitate a successful future.

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A Week on the High Street - September 4th

04 September 2019 by Local Data Company

LEISURE

Fish and Chip chain Deep Blue Restaurants has acquired Harry Ramsden’s from Boparan Restaurant Group(BRG) in a debt free deal that will see them become the largest player in the fish and chip market by a "considerable margin". They will add to their existing portfolio of 26 sites, located in the south and east of England, with all 34 Harry Ramsdens sites including those in Ireland and Malaysia. BRG said that the deal will “simplify” its business allowing them to focus on Giraffe, Ed’s Easy Diner, Fishworks and the roll out of its’ franchise Slim Chickens that will see the opening of its 5th site in Brunswick Square with more planned and the hope that their 6th site will open this side of Christmas.

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Percentage of vacant BHS stores drops by nearly 20% at 3rd year anniversary as landlords repurpose space

28 August 2019 by Ronald Nyakairu

The collapse of BHS three years ago marked the start of a period of turmoil for UK Department stores which is still being felt today and if anything, has intensified. Looking at our data covering the past 12 months (August 18 – August 19) there has been a significant drop in numbers of department stores across a variety of locations types; spaces which were once anchored by some of the biggest names in retail.

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A Week on the High Street - August 21st

21 August 2019 by Local Data Company

LEISURE

Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s multi-million-pound regeneration has seen the opening of the £12m Boulevard Hotel. The site will offer 120 rooms including two park view suites and either coastal suites, a 90-seat signature restaurant The Beachside and the Shoreside Conference Centre which will cater for events for up to 200 delegates including weddings.

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A Week on the High Street - August 14th

14 August 2019 by Local Data Company

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Food Cooperated bakery café chain, Muffin Break, is to open three new sites this month. The first Dorset site, an 80-cover café in the former Druckers Patisserie unit, will open in the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole and will be joined by sites in Hastings, East Sussex and Colchester, Essex on the 29th August.

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Jack's and the German discount giants

14 August 2019 by Sarah Phillips

It’s safe to say that since their introduction into the UK market, Britain has fallen in love with discount supermarkets. After the financial crisis in 2008, the discounters’ ‘high quality, low price’ model was exactly the tonic the British people were craving. With purses tightly squeezed and brand loyalty waning, consumers wanted to buy quality food on a smaller budget and that is exactly what the discount grocery stores allowed them to do. 

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A Week on the High Street - August 7th

07 August 2019 by Local Data Company

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Wrapchic, the fusion fast-food chain founded by Mahesh Raikarin 2012, has been bought out of administration in what is understood to be a pre-packaged deal.  At their peak the company operated 27 sites across the UK, but it is understood that there have been issues with some of its franchised sites.

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A Week on the High Street - July 31st

31 July 2019 by Local Data Company

LEISURE

Following the success at intu Lakeside, Upside Down House UK have entered into an exclusive partnership to create the experience at six more intu centres including intu Trafford Centre, intu Metrocentre and intu Braehead.  Each inverted two-storey house will feature a number of upside-down rooms with unique interior and exterior designs to reflect the local surroundings.

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A more social experience - quantifying trends in UK shopping centres

30 July 2019 by James Anderson

As shoppers increasingly value the convenience of online shopping and look to physical retail space for socialising, UK shopping centres are slowly changing their offer for consumers.

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A Week on the High Street - July 24th

24 July 2019 by Local Data Company

LEISURE

On the 20th anniversary of Travelodge’s presence on the UK coastline the hotel chain has announced 26 seaside towns that they are targeting in what they describe as the “rebirth of British seaside resorts and coastal towns”. Having played a 'pivotal role’ in the regeneration programme in Rhyl and the changing holiday habits of Britons they plan to work with Local Authorities inviting them to participate in their development programme that would see Travelodge building hotels on surplus authority land. The targeted districts are: Aberystwyth, Bognor Regis, Bournemouth, Bude, Canterbury/Whitstable, Deal/Sandwich, Eastbourne, Falmouth, Folkestone, Guernsey, Hove, Jersey, Lerwick, Looe / Fowey, Lowestoft, Newquay, Oban, Penarth, Penzance, Pwllheli, Shoreham-by-Sea, St Ives, Tenby, Truro, Weston Super Mare and Weymouth.

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