[Infographic] Do we have too much retail stock?

03 June 2019 by Local Data Company
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[Infographic] How did the physical retail and leisure landscape change over 2018?

03 June 2019 by Local Data Company

*Multiples include all brands with five or more units nationally.

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[Infographic] Mike Ashley's Growing Empire

03 June 2019 by Local Data Company
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A Week on the High Street - 29th May

29 May 2019 by Local Data Company


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Restaurant and delicatessen chain, Filmore and Union have been bought out of administration in a pre-pack deal saving around 150 jobs. Coffeesmiths Collective, who’s flagship brand is Department of Coffee & Social Affairs, have acquired 10 of the 17 sites as well as the production kitchen. The remaining seven sites have ceased trading resulting in around 80 employees being made redundant.

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2018 sees growth in independent stores across shopping centres as landlords look for diversity and unique occupiers to replace closing chains

Data released today by the Local Data Company and the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) shows that 2018 saw growth in the number of independent stores in shopping centres, with 1,951 new openings leading to a net gain of +87 (+1.1%) compared to a net decline of -88 in 2017 (-1.1%). Independent retailers played key role in replacing the net loss of -811 chains in shopping centres - due to retailers rationalising estates. Shopping centre owners are becoming increasingly creative with vacant space, splitting it into smaller units which are more suitable for independent occupiers.

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A Week on the High Street - 22nd May

22 May 2019 by Local Data Company


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Pret a Manger owners JAB Holdings has agreed to buy smaller rival sandwich chain Eat JAB Holdings, who bought Pret last year has reached an agreement to buy around 90 sites that will all be turned into their vegetarian-only stores.  Veggie Pret was created following successful trials in London and Manchester in response to consumer demand for vegetarian and vegan options. 

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It’s a small world after all – the increasing demand for world cuisines in the UK

20 May 2019 by James Anderson

The palettes of restaurant-goers appear to have changed dramatically over the last three years. Back in 2016, Local Data Company data showed that the fastest growing cuisine at that point was American/Burger restaurants (chains like TGI Fridays, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Byron among other burger restaurants and steakhouses) but the scene has changed significantly since then. In 2019, American restaurants have fallen to become one of the fastest declining restaurant categories highlighting the nation’s changing tastes, but also the saturation that took the bite out of the burger market.

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A Week on the High Street - 15th May

15 May 2019 by Local Data Company

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Rosa’s Thai founders Alex and Saiphin Moore are to open a new grab-and-go Chinese-inspired noodle shop called Hoh Sek at London’s St Katherine’s Dock next month. Described as ‘a modern edgy Asian approach to noodles serving authentic broths with a bit of London style’, the daytime menu will feature six main noodle dishes that will be adapted with the addition of more sides for the evening offering. 

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Rethinking the rental model, really knowing your customer and converting space for community services, a round-up of the 19th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

09 May 2019 by Sarah Phillips

Last week we held our 19th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit at the BDO offices at Baker Street. The theme for this event was ‘Retail Done Differently’ and we were lucky to be joined by some fantastic guest speakers including Sophie Michael from BDO LLP, Will Charnley from SeaSalt, Andrew Thompson from Appear Here and Emma Mackenzie from NewRiver REIT.

If you weren’t able to make the event here’s a brief overview of the topics that were discussed:

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A Week on the High Street - 8th May

08 May 2019 by Local Data Company

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Co-founder of Junkyard Golf, Matthew Lake, has confirmed expansion plans with their sights set on two further venues in London as well as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Birmingham, Sheffield and Bristol. The leisure operator, that currently has sites in Leeds, London, Manchester and Oxford has seen over 2.5 million visitors since they opened their first site in 2016. 

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