The annual 'Walton International Property Outing' took place on a very wet and dreich day in August. Unfortunately the Irish were unable to take part this year (grouse shooting!) so it was left to the Scots and English to fight it out. Unlike last year, I’m glad to say that everyone caught fish and despite Gary Robinson cheekily wanting the trophy awarded to the team catching the one and only brown trout (pictured) a draw was called at 6 fish per team... the Scots catching their fish with the very [...]
The UK’s largest independent jeweller opened a further two stores in the Glasgow catchment, taking its Scottish number up to 27. In addition to the good news that this brings to both these shopping centres, the Emma Cameron Foundation benefited from a donation of £1,000 per shop, thanks to the generosity of a great client!
An impressive 44,000 sq/ft freehold Home Bargains store opened in Armagh in early August. This is the largest Home Bargains in Northern Ireland and, in addition to the usual store attractions, has a café and in-store bakery. Armagh is Home Bargains 20th store to open in the province, with several more in the pipeline. We will keep you posted.
T.K. Maxx opened their first store in the Borders this summer. The 10,000 sq/ft unit opened in the former Comet unit, at Hunters Bridge Retail Park, Galashiels. Trade has been brisk and consolidates the view that Gala is the Border town of choice for most mainstream retailers. Success is not as easy for many salmon fishermen in the Borders!. As a guest of Luddon’s, on the famous Junction Pool on the Tweed, with near perfect conditions, I failed miserably to even get a sniff of a salmon... BUT I can [...]
As part of the LSI team, Biggart & Co. are also at the sharp end of the retail development market. LSI are developing out over 500,000 sq/ft of retail space throughout Scotland. Circa 70% of this is now either let or under offer, so huge progress is being made, but each deal is hard fought for.
It has been a fairly wet summer in beautiful Scotland! With a few days away to sunnier climes we still managed some deals in between everyone’s holidays. Doing business at this time of year seems to get increasingly challenging – are we all taking more holidays than before?! Our retail clients T.K. Maxx, Home Bargains and Warren James are still busy expanding their portfolios and have no sign of stopping. Retailers focused on 'brands for less' and those who know how to bring value to the high street are still [...]