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The importance of community spaces

In recent times, we’ve seen a rapid evolution of our town centres and malls, as they morph into more than pure retail and leisure destinations.

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Shining a light on independents in Colchester

The evolution of Red Lion Yard, within the Lion Walk Shopping Centre stands as a testament to the adaptive nature of City Centre retail.

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Investing in a change for growth

GCW has strengthened its investment team with the appointment of James Waldock as director. After 20 years with JLL, Waldock joins at a positive time for the retail sector and the future expansion of the company, as he reveals more about his new role and thoughts on the current and future investment market.

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Pureseoul chain to ramp up expansion

A tiny bell constantly pings during the Zoom conversation with Leslie Tang. Sitting in the back room of the recently opened Pureseoul Oxford store, Leslie is taking time out to talk about the fledging K-Beauty chain he co-founded, but a slight nod of his head still registers each chime announcing another new customer walking through the shop door.

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Opinion: Oli Horton

In this three-minute summary of the retail investment market, agents Mrs. Positive and Mr. Negative present contrasting views. Despite Mr. Negative's prior forecasts proving prescient, there remains hope that Mrs. Positive's outlook will guide us through the impending months.

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Sustainable Beauty Brand, Rituals, Introduces Luxury Shopping Experience at Festival Place, Basingstoke

We are delighted to share an exciting development for all beauty enthusiasts!

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You can't defy gravity forever

As the year comes to a close, GCW Managing Partner Simon Morris, shares his reflections on the resilience and growth seen within the occupier sector over the past 12 months and takes a look ahead at expected marketplace trends for 2024.

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The Green Agenda and Lease Renewal conundrum Opinion: John Eden

Everchanging government legislation and goalpost moving to hit net zero targets by 2050, has resulted is a minefield for commercial property, with landlords and tenants setting strict ESG mandates.

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UBX boxing clever with growth

Australian-based boxing brand UBX have now opened in Sheffield.

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National retailers choose Edmonton Green Shopping Centre

Over the next decade £500m of investment are planned to be pumped into Edmonton Green that will see dramatic transformation with 1,468 homes, 172,000 sq ft of new landscaped public space and new retail and leisure.

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SOL Leisure Centre, Northampton

Following GCW’s work to reposition SOL Shopping Centre as a family leisure destination, Chi restaurant, that offers a mix of Asian cuisines, has provided a much-needed F&B element and created excitement and interest around the ground floor entrance.

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Enfield letting paves way for more indie retailers as Palace refurb kicks off

Independent operator, Centre VR has taken 8,000 sq ft in the Palace Shopping Centre, Enfield.

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Promotions announcement

The partners are delighted to announce the following well-deserved promotions:

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Deals, deals, deals

Cambridge/Richmond - Popeyes Louisiana Chicken is now open and trading from new sites at 27f The Quadrant, Richmond, and 3-4 Market Hill, Cambridge. GCW advised the landlords on both transactions.

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New pub letting agreed in vibrant Clapham Old Town

The Apollo Arms, the latest addition to The Lunar Pub Company, opened its doors at 13–19 Clapham Old Town this summer. GCW let the space on behalf of the landlord.

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New graduate placement

Octavia Wyatt, has joined GCW on a two year graduate placement, as part of the firms commitment to bringing through, and nurturing new talent.

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Internships restart after Covid break

After being sidetracked because of Covid restrictions, GCW have fired up their internship programme.

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Keeping towns’ centre stage

In an ever-evolving world where retail has faced many challenges, shopping continues to play a key role amongst other town centre uses vying for consumer attention. GCW’s managing partners, Duncan Kite, and Simon Morris share their thoughts on a bright future at GCW.

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GCW victorious in Elifar’s 25th year

In a battle of quirky contests, the GCW team emerged triumphant at this year’s annual Elifar Challenge.

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Taking the pathway forward

In July, 110 post A-Level students gathered at Henley Business School at Reading University. In front of 40 industry peers, each took it in turn to present their case supporting or objecting to a development proposal, as part of the Pathways to Property summer school.

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Investment deals

Chiswick - A unique island site, housing musician Ed Sheeran’s management company as a tenant, was sold in June for GCW client Catella APAM, achieving a 7% yield at £11.9m.

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Wednesbury wrapped up

A prominet out-of-town retail site in Wednesbury, located just six miles north of Birmingham city centre, at Jn9 of the M6. The asset was bought by Wesleyan Assurance in a significant investment deal for a purchase price of £10.3m in August reflecting 6.8%.

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Southampton shopping centre sells ahead of valuation

The Marlands Shopping Centre was sold by GCW for £9.3m in a deal achieved ahead of valuation in July, after a successful marketing campaign for the sought-after 3.54-acre site.

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To Gymfinity and beyond

Gymfinity, the gymnastic club for kids, made a statement in Walton-on-Thames by taking the 16,000 sq ft former Debenhams, creating a new anchor at The Heart shopping centre.

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Dunelm on expansion trail

After announcing a 5% sales growth for the first half of 2023 and generating sales of over £1.5bn in 2022, Dunelm are actively looking at other sites in locations across the UK. While the company remains focused on out-of-town Simon Morris, of GCW, said “they continue to explore intown opportunities where out of town options aren’t present in target locations.”

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Movie on up Opinion: Phil Fishwick

“Rumours of my death are greatly exaggerated,” author Mark Twain famously quipped in the 1900’s. Today the same applies to the intown leisure scene, which has morphed into a kaleidoscope of offers essential to keep it alive.

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PURESEOUL searching for sites

Korean beauty brand, PURESEOUL has taken its successful online business into bricks & mortar with the opening of its first physical store in London’s Soho, on Charing Cross Road.

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Community hub boost with council deal in King’s Lynn

A new £12.4m community hub is set to open in an old Argos building in King’s Lynn after the council stepped in to buy the disused block, in a move that will boost the town’s community services.

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Roaring success for Lion Walk regear

GCW has completed a 150-year extension to the headlease for Lion Walk Shopping Centre, Colchester, on behalf of the landlord CBRE Investment Management (CBRE IM).

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AEW to transform Windsor into a crown jewel

Plans for the facelift of Windsor, Royal residence of newly crowned King Charles III, received a boost after AEW UK Investment Management bought a second prominent retail and leisure site in the town.

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Retails’ changing room

In 2023, with a 30-year career at Leslie Jones, I am captivated by the challenges confronting the UK’s high streets and shopping places due to ongoing systemic changes in the retail industry.

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OAKBERRY bowled over for sites

Global Acai and healthy fast-food brand, OAKBERRY, has opened its first UK sites this summer in London’s Rathbone Place and Portobello Road, with further locations to follow before Christmas. With 550 outlets across 37 countries, Oakberry have ambitious expansion plans for the UK and this process is well underway.

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Local authority acquires Wythenshawe centre

GCW has acted for St Modwen on the sale of Wythenshawe Town Centre. The asset was sold to Manchester City Council for £11.85 million. The local authority has acquired the successful community centre to consolidate its land ownership and support its long-term regeneration plans.

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Duo of RO disposals

GCW has advised RO Real Estate on the disposal of two high street assets. The successful sales in Bury St Edmunds and Northampton build on a longstanding support to drive value across the investor’s evolving property portfolio.

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Major redevelopment boosts Walthamstow shopping centre

Capital & Regional is on site delivering a major redevelopment of The Mall in Walthamstow. GCW is helping its client reposition the 260,000 sq ft shopping centre as a sustainable mixed use destination.

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New arrival at Brighton’s Hanningtons Estate

Jewellery brand Astrid & Miyu has opened a new store at the Hanningtons Estate in Brighton, on North Street. GCW has helped Redevco secure the lease which is the latest in a string of lettings in one of the city’s most sought after pitches.

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GCW welcomes new Marketing Manager

Emma Falzon has been appointed as GCW’s Senior Marketing Manager. The new role will help steer marketing strategy and support the business on its next stage of growth.

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Opinion: Oli Horton

Investment agents Mrs Positive and Mr Negative summarise the retail investment market in 3 minutes.

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Deals

GCW acted for a private landlord to agree a new 10-year lease with contemporary jeweller Astrid & Miyu. The retailer has undertaken a major expansion drive and is paying £45,000 pa for a unit at 17 Market Place in Kingston upon Thames.

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GCW secures sale of prime Fitzrovia asset

GCW has advised on the sale of 38-40 Eastcastle Street. The two retail units have sold to an international private investor for £4.4 million with an NIY of 5.65%.

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CBRE IM sells East Sheen parade

GCW has advised CBRE IM on the £4.02 million sale of its East Sheen asset 270- 282 Upper Richmond Road.

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Market focus: Resilient London GCW Director

Will Mabbett outlines the resilience of Central London retail.

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Retail renaissance?

With Christmas sales from stores defying expectations and positive results continuing during the first quarter of 2023, are we witnessing a revival for the high street? GCW’s Simon Morris explores the resilience of bricks and mortar stores.

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Going Wylde

In a drive to balance the needs of People, Profit and Planet, GCW is working with consultancy Wylde Connections. Wylde Managing Director Denise Taylor outlines how embedding robust sustainability strategies will not only help business in the property sector hit Net Zero but ensure we embrace the right models, policies and practices to future proof our urban centres.

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White City appointment

Berkeley Group company St James has appointment GCW to advise on its West London development, White City Living. The team will be the sole leasing agent for the retail and leisure components of the luxury mixed use project, which sits at the heart of the 110-hectare White City regeneration project.

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GCW boosts tenant line up at Epsom shopping centre

CBRE Investment Management (“CBRE IM”) advised by GCW, has secured a series of new lettings at The Ashley Centre in Epsom. The 320,000 sq ft centre is capitalising on strong occupier interest as the commuter town captures higher levels of local spend.

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Robust demand for nursery assets

The nursery investment market continues to attract significant interest, boosted by the Chancellor’s recent announcement on free childcare entitlements.

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Deals at Feltham shopping centre boost tenant line up

GCW has advised client Aviva on a flurry of lettings at The Centre in Feltham. The team has secured several deals to reduce vacancy rates and bring in new names not previously represented in the town.

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Opinion: Simon Horner

Supermarket sector shows strong fundamentals.

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Investment secured to rejuvenate Oxford’s historic Covered Market

GCW has advised Oxford City Council on the future of one of the city’s key heritage sites. The consultancy has informed a new masterplan for the Grade II-listed covered market to deliver almost £7 million of improvements.

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GCW Mandated By Boxing Brand For UK Roll Out

Property consultancy GCW has been appointed by global boxing brand UBX to help secure new sites across the UK as part of a £40 million expansion to open 250 clubs over the next six to eight years.

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Children's Book Project

Knowledge aside, time is our most valuable resource and we were lucky enough in early December to use it helping the fantastic charity that is the https://childrensbookproject.co.uk/

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Opinion: Philippe Micheal

“If you fail to plan you are planning to fail” – Benjamin Franklin

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Supporting diversity with summer internship

GCW has welcomed its first summer intern in a move to make a career in real estate available to a wider range of people. Iranian student Ata Samadzadeh is spending 6 weeks getting a taste of life as a commercial property agent.<br/>

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GCW makes key appointments

GCW has announced a trio of appointments as it continues to strengthen its team. The agency has welcomed a number of new recruits in recent months and the latest arrivals will play a key role in helping GCW meet growing client demand for its town centre expertise.

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Opinion - Retail Investment Market

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Keenest yield for prime high street asset

GCW has sold a flagship retail asset in Cambridge’s 30-31 Petty Cury for £4.8 million reflecting an NIY of 6.31%, one of the keenest yields achieved in high street investment this year.

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Supporting strategic decision making

In a highly competitive marketplace where available space frequently exceeds occupier requirements, GCW is employing a more forensic data driven approach to securing tenants, informing occupier decisions and identifying key markets that investors should be exploring.

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GCW combines fun and fundraising at 2022 Elifar Challenge

GCW’s band of brave warriors have battled it out in this year’s Elifar Challenge. A team of 6 and non-playing captain went head-to-head with 15 other teams of property professionals to raise money for children’s charity, the Elifar Foundation.

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Windsor attracts flurry of lettings

GCW has advised on a series of new lettings in Windsor. From restaurants to sweet shops, the team has demonstrated it is the agent of choice for landlords wanting to exploit demand for one of the country’s most buoyant towns.

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Deals

GCW has helped client CBRE Investment Management secure a flurry of new deals at its Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Colchester. Independent operator Black Sheep Coffee has taken a 15-year lease on a newly created unit close to Primark and JD Sports. US sports merchandise retailer Lids has signed a 5-year lease, whilst phone repair and accessories operator Imobile has also committed to 5 years on space next to The Perfume Shop and EE. On the F&B front, GCW is on the verge of securing a new premium grab-and-go operator to the scheme.

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Maximising value with Kingston sale

GCW has acted for Blackrock Real Estate on the sale of a key Kingston asset. 61 - 67 Clarence Street sits in the heart of the town’s prime retail pitch and has sold for £5.675m, with an NIY of 6.7%.

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GCW secures keen sale price for Nottingham retail unit

GCW’s Investor Team has again demonstrated its expertise with the disposal of 46 & 48 Clumber Street in Nottingham city centre. The timely exit was secured for client Capreon as part of a full-service offer which involved letting the space before executing its sale to a private investor.

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Delivering big box solutions

GCW is helping give former department store buildings a new lease of life.

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GCW takes the lead in purchase support

A growing number of clients are seeking GCW’s purchase support services. The agent’s town centre expertise is proving invaluable when appraising assets and determining how best to drive value from their acquisitions. Recent work on shopping centres in Leeds and Oxford underlines the value of GCW’s in-depth market knowledge.

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A Day in the Life

GCW Surveyor, George Cook

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Savers opens in Haywards Heath

GCW has acted on behalf of A.S. Watson Group to acquire a new Savers store in Haywards Heath as part of a UK expansion drive. This marks the first deal GCW has opened since being appointed to help the world’s largest international health and beauty retailer build its Savers and Superdrug store portfolio.

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Vastint appoints GCW on Sugar House Island

GCW has been instructed by Vastint to advise on its mixed use regeneration project Sugar House Island. The 20-acre East London site will eventually deliver 1,200 homes, 624,000 sq ft of offices,<br/>creative space, retail, leisure and a 350- bed hotel.

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Seeing the light

At a time when cinema brands are struggling to maintain a viable business, The Light has recently opened its next generation venue in Banbury. The operator always pushes the boundaries to adapt to changing demands and Co-Founder Keith Pullinger is busy seeking new opportunities to put cinema and leisure at the heart of urban regeneration.

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Opinion: Holly Kiely

How the pandemic has driven change in the lease advisory world

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Swift Convenience Store comes to Wembley

Acting on behalf of the owners of Wembley Central, GCW has let the former Brighthouse unit to Swift Convenience Store. The opening of the brand’s first London store followed a successful trial in Newcastle and the concept is now being rolled out across the capital with stores in Hounslow and Archway also open for business.

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Rivington Hark appoint GCW as new advisors on The Liberty, Romford

Following the recent completion of the purchase of 790,000 sq ft The Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford, RivingtonHark have confirmed the appointment of new leasing and professional advisors; Time Retail Partners and GCW.

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Moving on up

GCW has moved to 50 Great Marlborough Street in the heart of Soho. The new office provides more flexible working space and an attractive environment as the business continues on its impressive growth trajectory.

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Opinion: Oli Horton

At GCW, our investor team has enjoyed a busy first quarter. The market is showing encouraging signs of recovery, buoyed by increased appetite for prime town centre assets.

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Cinema and leisure operator confirmed for landmark development in Redhill

The Light will open a new cinema, bowling and entertainment venue for Easter 2023 as the main tenant within the council’s new landmark development in Redhill town centre, now called The Rise.

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GCW secures prime Reading asset

GCW’s investor team has transacted 40 – 46 Broad Street Reading for £4.6 million, reflecting an NIY of 8%. The off-market purchase from abrdn gives the new owner an opportunity to repurpose an extensive town centre site.

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TK Maxx to open store at Bishop’s Stortford’s Jackson Square

TK Maxx has agreed a 15-year lease on a new anchor store at Bishop’s Stortford shopping centre Jackson Square. GCW has helped centre owner Legal & General secure a deal which will see the designer discounter occupy 21,000 sq ft of repurposed space.

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Deals

GCW has secured further lettings at Berkeley Capital’s Goodman’s Fields in Aldgate. Boom Battle Bar has taken 8,000 sq ft on a 15-year lease and will open in March within a unit close to the four-screen Curzon cinema. The deal follows recent lettings at the seven-acre mixed use development to Amazon Go, Dan Dan Noodles, and Kova Patisserie.

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Opinion: Callum Mortimer

F&B is key beneficiary of post-lockdown demand. After a tough two years dealing with the fallout of the pandemic, the great British public is desperate to eat-out, drink and socialise. At the same time, positive changes to the planning use class system are making it far easier for landlords to exploit demand and occupiers to acquire prime premises.

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Richmond’s retail market capitalises on growing demand

GCW has helped secure a number of new lettings in Richmond-Upon-Thames as the retail and leisure markets in London suburbs, villages and commuter towns continue to perform strongly.

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Vinegar Hill expands portfolio

GCW has secured two new stores for retailer Vinegar Hill. The independent business which sells a range of homeware, gifts, clothing, jewellery, and accessories from around the world, is expanding its reach in response to strong consumer demand. The latest phase has seen the business open new shops in Bishop’s Stortford and Witney.

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The three Rs of urban regeneration

David Lewis, Executive Director at RivingtonHark, explains how the three Rs of reinvention, repurposing and rejuvenation hold the key to the future of town centres. We learn how the company’s unique skills set is adding value for public and private sector clients.

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Opinion: Simon Morris

The rise in the cost of living is affecting all of us. We may not see the same short sharp shock to the system as the start of the pandemic, but the impact on consumer spending may cut deeper and last longer.

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StoreAway continues UK expansion

GCW has helped self-storage operator StoreAway seal its latest deal in Liverpool city centre. Its latest acquisition will transform the upper parts of the former Next unit on Church Street, demonstrating how this growing use class can offer redundant town centre assets a new lease of life.

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New lettings boost tenant line-up in Walton-on-Thames centre

O&H Properties has appointed GCW to help drive its leasing strategy at its Walton-on-Thames shopping centre, The Heart. The successful retail and leisure centre serves an affluent catchment and the team are tasked with improving the tenant mix through strategic repositioning.

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Appointment drives new deals at Windsor Yards

GCW is helping AEW secure a series of new lettings following its client’s 2021 acquisition of Windsor Yards. Within 12 months of being reappointed on the 260,000 sq ft scheme, GCW has secured 6 new lettings totalling more than 30,000 sq ft of vacant space and improved net operating income by almost £900,000. The team has also agreed 5 lease renewals to the likes of Robert Gatward, Pret A Manger, and Swarovski.

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GCW provides strategic advice on Enfield shopping centres

Town centre regeneration specialist RivingtonHark has appointed GCW as preferred supplier of leasing, lease advisory and development consultancy for two key Enfield assets. The team will help the landlord reposition the North London suburb’s two shopping centres Palace Exchange and Palace Gardens and adapt their offer to meet the needs of the local catchment.

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GCW welcomes new recruits

Property consultant GCW has announced four new appointments as part of its ambitious growth strategy. Bringing on board new talent will help the team build on its town centre expertise and respond to the needs of a growing client base.

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Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre signs JD Gyms and completes refurb

The owners of Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre in Kent have completed the refurbishment of the scheme’s East Mall entrance and signed a deal with JD Gyms.

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GCW serves up flurry of deals for KFC

GCW has helped KFC make four key acquisitions as it continues with its UK expansion drive. Amidst fierce competition for sites, the team has successfully secured units in Reading, Leatherhead, Acton and Chatham, all of which will be open in time for Christmas.

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GCW supports Lidl expansion with Upton Park acquisition

GCW acted for Lidl on the acquisition of a 20,000 sq ft store on Green Street, Upton Park. The off-market deal secured the former Peacocks store, allowing the German-owned retailer to continue extending its London store portfolio.

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GCW retained by A.S. Watson to drive Savers and Superdrug expansion

A.S. Watson Group, the owner of brands including Savers and Superdrug, has appointed GCW as retained agent for the South of England. The world’s largest international health and beauty retailer has ambitious plans for its UK store portfolio. GCW will focus on identifying acquisition opportunities for Savers and Superdrug stores as part of an ongoing expansion drive.

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New food hall opens its doors at Sheffield’s Orchard Square

GCW has helped client London & Associated Properties secure a 5,500 sq ft food hall at Sheffield shopping centre Orchard Square. The move marks the latest stage in an ambitious asset management programme to broaden the centre’s appeal and drive value through a greater mix of uses.

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The Cornish Bakery extends its reach

After another record year of sales, The Cornish Bakery is investing in a major expansion programme. This summer saw the opening of stores in Dorchester, Lymington and Chichester. A store in Rye is also due to open soon as GCW helps the high-end bakery and coffee shop enter new territory by introducing its offer to Britain’s market towns.

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StoreAway exploits growth in self-storage market

GCW has been appointed by self-storage operator StoreAway to expand its UK portfolio. The brand intends to have 10 sites committed or open by the end of 2022, making use of redundant retail and office space in key regional centres.

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Opinion: Archie Morriss

Suburban surge – Remote working boosts retail and leisure demand across London suburbs and commuter towns.

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Paddle Challenge raises funds for children’s charity

The GCW team has raised more than £13,000 for children’s charity The Elifar Foundation through its annual charity challenge. A crack team of 15 paddlers ventured 23 miles down the Thames in Canadian canoes. With the help of a dedicated support crew, the hardy group ended the day triumphant and exceeded its target by completing the endeavour in an impressive 8 and a half hours.

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Remodelled entrance helps Hempstead Valley centre improve tenant line-up

A new-look East Mall entrance will create space for an exciting mix of new occupiers at Kent’s Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre. GCW is helping owner British Airways Pension Fund use the investment to secure lettings to a range of retail, leisure, and community tenants in the heart of Hempstead Valley.

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GCW secures deals in prime cathedral retail centres

GCW has advised CBRE GI on the letting and sale of a prime retail asset in Bath. Kingdom of Sweets has agreed a 10-year lease on 12 Stall Street, Bath, fuelling interest from a range of bidders. The asset was disposed of for £1.75m reflecting a yield of 7%.

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Berkeley appoints GCW on landmark London project

Berkeley Capital has appointed GCW as joint letting agent for the retail and leisure element of its mixed use development, 250 City Road. The Foster + Partners-designed development will transform the city skyscape with a 36-storey tower surrounded by 1.9 acres of Wi-fi enabled green space.

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Opinion: Clive Gillingwater

Arbitration offers a fresh approach to lease renewals.

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Farmfoods opens second Southend store

Farmfoods has opened its second Southend on Sea store on Eastern Avenue. Client Remet Properties gave GCW a remit to let the 15,000 sq ft former Aldi supermarket and the deal has secured a long lease to a strong covenant.

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GCW appointed to help Wasabi drive future growth

Wasabi has retained GCW as property advisor as the Japanese restaurant chain seeks to maximise its UK outlets and explore opportunities for expansion.

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A breed apart

Animor founder, Patrick Magrath explains how their new membership-based approach to pet healthcare will make a real difference for pet owners across the UK. As Animor starts to build a portfolio of purpose-built healthcare centres, we look at the opportunities the expansion drive presents to property owners.

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GCW strategy secures UK-wide Arcadia sales

On the back of advising on the Arcadia insolvency, GCW is helping Deloitte dispose of the group’s high street assets. The team’s targeted marketing campaign is tapping into local demand to secure the sale of 20 retail properties.

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Oxford sale paves the way for new four-star hotel

GCW has advised the owner of Boswell’s & Co Department Store on the sale of one of Oxford’s most prominent retail buildings. The deal will see the prime asset transformed into a 101-room hotel, maximising value for the client and the city.

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JD Sports signs up for Colchester’s Lion Walk Shopping Centre

GCW has helped client CBRE Global Investors secure a letting to JD Sports at Lion Walk Shopping Cent e, Colchester. The retailer has committed to a 10-year lease on the 9,500 sq ft store at an annual rent of £160,000 pa.

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Opinion: James Pearson

The UK’s drive-thru market is booming off the back of unprecedented demand. As operators compete for the best sites, seeking specialist property advice is more important than ever.

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Edmonton Green regeneration

Crosstree Real Estate has submitted a planning application to Enfield Council for a major mixed-use redevelopment of Edmonton Green shopping centre.

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GCW appoints three associate directors

GCW has promoted Archie Morriss, Holly Kiely and Rupert Rudkin to associate director.

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Money, Money, Money......

Not long-ago government was criticised for identifying good days to bury bad news. Their announcement on Boxing Day about the Future High Streets Fund seems to have turned that mantra on its head.

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It's Life Jim, But Not as We Know It

The overwhelming theme of 2020 has been one of change. As we move into 2021 we have reflected on events and what this means for our marketplace going forward, identifying trends that are here to stay.

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Majestic Wines opens up in Henley

Majestic Wines has signed on for a 3,066 sq ft store, taking a 15-year lease with a break clause after 10 years. The wine company will pay an annual rent of £90,000.

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UBS acquires Leicestershire Sainsbury’s store

GCW have advised UBS Asset Management on the acquisition of the Sainsbury’s in Hinckley for £45.2m reflecting 5%.

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APC Success

Phil Fishwick and Chris Harris have both successfully passed the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

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Strong investor demand for Aldi

A recent example of investor appetite for supermarket assets during the pandemic is GCW’s sale for PWC of the Lytham St Annes Aldi.

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GCW appointed on Redhill town centre mixed-use development

The Marketfield Way Scheme will enhance Redhill’s night-time and leisure offer. The scheme comprises 150 one and two-bedroom residential units and 70,000 sq ft of commercial space, which will be anchored by a seven screen cinema.

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Department Stores Who or What is the Anchor Now?

Let us not mourn the demise of something without relevance

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Supermarket Sweep

The New Norm or Back to Old Ways?

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GCW Lockdown Challenge.

106 Hours of Continuous Exercise! Monday 27th April (8am) to Friday 1st May (6pm)

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Different Rules Same Game.

When restrictions are eased the landscape we return to will be different. The vacancies that were prevalent before the lockdown will remain, others will come via business failures and further consolidation that occurs through this period.

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The New Normal

Change has been thrust upon us with no clear date for a return to normality. Will the new normal be the same as the old? How might we adapt, who will be the winners (and losers)?

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Shortlisted for Property Week Awards

We are thrilled to be a finalist for this year’s Property Awards, in the Retail & Leisure Agency category

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Game change with GCW

The world of property never stands still. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’ve seen the role of town centres change beyond all recognition.

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Edmonton Green undergoes major revamp

Crosstree Real Estate Partners has begun work on the refurbishment of Edmonton Green town centre, North London. GCW advised St Modwen on the sale of the 495,000 sq ft centre in 2018 and is now working with Crosstree to enhance the asset through a comprehensive investment programme.

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GCW supports children’s cancer charity

A team of 14 GCW staff have raised more than £20,000 for the worthy cause Solving Kids’ Cancer. The group completed the gruelling 140-mile hilly Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge to support children and their families in the fight against rare childhood cancer, neuroblastoma.

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What’s in store for the UK high street?

Revo chief executive Ed Cooke is confident about the future of our town centres but insists their longevity depend on new ways of thinking, modern business models and greater cross-sector collaboration.

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Q&A

Keith Stone, director of KeyStone Retail Property, is one of the best-known names in development leasing. From a degree in town planning and cutting his teeth with local authorities, he went on to work on flagship projects, including Grand Central Birmingham, Touchwood in Solihull, Cabot Circus Bristol and Bluewater. He reflects on a rich and varied career.

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GCW advises new owners of Coalville’s Belvoir Centre

GCW has advised Gylo on the acquisition of the Belvoir Centre in Coalville. The private property investment unit trust purchased the Leicestershire shopping centre from an institutional investor and has appointed a team of advisors to ensure the scheme is focused on the needs of the catchment.

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Opinion: Simon Horner

Multi-generational living key to the future of our town centres

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Dunelm drives footfall in Yeovil

Furniture and household retailer, Dunelm has opened an anchor store at Yeovil’s Quedam Centre. GCW helped secure a 36,000 sq ft letting which marks a major vote of confidence in the town centre scheme.

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Leyland SDM appoints GCW for expansion

GCW has been retained by DIY operator Leyland SDM to assist with its expansion programme.

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GCW advises on major Bishopsgate sale

GCW has advised UBS on the sale of a prominent mixed-use property on London's Bishopsgate to British Land for £37,205,000 reflecting a net initial yield of 4.79%.

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Hanningtons Lane opens in Brighton

Brighton's newest lane with the first retailers finishing fit outs of their units in time for the opening last month. Hanningtons Lane is part of Hanningtons Estate, which developer Redevco is transforming into an exciting destination blending retail, food and beverage, architecture, and street art.

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Barons Quay woos food market operator

Barons Quay shopping centre is set to capitalise on the boom in food markets with a letting to an established operator to deliver bars, street food and live music to the centre. The popular Marine Street Social operates in New Brighton, Liverpool and is looking to replicate the success with the opening of Barons Quay Social.

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Gardiner Place kicks off in Henley

Henley-on-Thames will welcome a brand new multi-million pound retail, leisure and living destination, Gardiner Place in the heart of the town centre early next year.

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Transport expertise drives rent review

GCW has used its expertise in transport retailing to complete a successful rent review for Chiltern Railways at Marylebone station.

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Yo Sushi signs GCW expertise

Japanese restaurant operator Yo Sushi has joined GCW's portfolio of food and beverage clients. GCW is carrying out professional work for the new client and offering general strategy advice.

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Council invests in town centre hotel

GCW has completed its latest piece of work for a local authority with the purchase of a hotel in Hemel Hempstead for South Bucks District Council.

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Yeovil attracts homeware retailer

Furniture and household retailer, Dunelm will open at Yeovil's Quedam Centre later this year.

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Hempstead Valley invests in major redevelopment

Hempstead Valley shopping centre is set for an ambitious overhaul with a significant investment in the redevelopment and repurposing of the centre.

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GCW kicks off in Wembley

GCW has been appointed to advise on Wembley Central, the retail-led mixed use scheme in North London following a change of ownership last year.

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Slough enjoys development boost

GCW has been appointed by new client, the Jasper Group to advise on a development of four retail units on the High Street in Slough town centre. The landlord is converting the upper parts into residential and GCW will begin marketing the ground floor retail units in early 2019.

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Mixed-use acquisition in Chelmsford

GCW has acquired all the commercial elements of a new housing development, Beaulieu Square on the outskirts of Chelmsford, for client Deekay Management.

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JoJo signs up to lease event service

GCW has expanded its role with long-standing retailer client JoJo Maman Bebe to run its entire estate asset management function for all lease events. The maternity and baby clothes retailer has over 80 shops across the UK and GCW will begin the arrangement with 20 imminent renewals. This allows a strategic approach to be adopted for all stores.

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Euro Garages buys on Sussex roadside

GCW has acquired a Starbucks unit on the A259 near Pevensey on behalf of the existing franchisee occupier, Euro Garages.

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KFC plans steady expansion

GCW is working closely with restaurant client KFC on its expansion drive and has secured six restaurant openings in 2018 including Kingston, Hounslow, West Norwood and Chessington. They covered a variety of offers from high street, small box and drive-to restaurants.

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Hamberley builds on healthcare acquisitions

GCW's Alternative Sectors team has acquired its second healthcare site for Hamberley Development with the purchase of Honeysuckle House in Enfield. The 0.89 acre site consists of an existing, two storey, 21,847 sq ft care home with 35 beds. An application for a new care home will be submitted shortly.

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St Modwen agrees Edmonton Green sale

GCW has secured a successful shopping centre sale for St Modwen in Edmonton Green.

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Notcutts engages GCW across portfolio

Notcutts has appointed GCW to provide concession agency advice across its UK portfolio of 18 garden centres.

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The drinks are on Archie

Archie Morriss has become the latest GCW graduate trainee to attain the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

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Hammersmith opens innovative social hub

The Zocial, an innovative eat, drink and work concept is to open in Bradmore House at the entrance to Hammersmith Broadway shopping centre.

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CVA system needs an urgent rethink

Resistance is increasing against Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVAs). The system is being abused to the detriment of both landlords and those retailers who stand by the contracts they signed. The legislation was originally based on a principle of fairness – where a solvent restructuring of troubled businesses would protect jobs and ensure an equitable repayment to all creditors. But in the retail property arena, the system is clearly broken.

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Maidstone attracts restaurant operators

Two new restaurants have opened in Maidstone's Fremlin Walk following the shopping centre's stated ambition to bring in more food and beverage operators. GCW agreed the deals on behalf of owner M&G Real Estate.

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Solving the place making conundrum

A bold vision is essential to capitalise on the changing purpose of town centres across the UK. GCW's directors explain how putting the needs of people at the heart of the places where they live and work will create stronger communities and drive successful living, shopping and leisure destinations.

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Sorbon develops new-build nursery

GCW has agreed a 15-year lease with the popular childcare provider Poppies Day Nurseries for Sorbon Estates' newly-built £1 million Cliveden Nursery in Maidenhead.

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Barons Quay woos key anchor tenants

Barons Quay retail scheme in Northwich has secured two key anchor tenants, H&M and Sports Direct.

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TK Maxx opens in Eltham

Forward thinking by GCW's professional team has driven a positive result for the owner of the former Debenhams' store in Eltham.

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GCW advises on gym rents

GCW has used its expertise in the gym industry to advise energie Group's Fit4less brand in Elmfield Road, Bromley on a rent review.

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GCW signs Karen Millen

GCW have been retained by premium fashion brand Karen Millen to provide strategic advice across its UK store portfolio including agency, lease renewals and rent reviews.

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GCW puts Edmonton on the market

GCW has been appointed to sell the investment in Edmonton Green's entire town centre. Covering 26 acres the sale includes an Asda and 109 other shops, a sports centre, medical centre, hotel, a local market and 754 residential units.

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GCW embraces charity challenges

GCW emerged as winners of the annual retail property charity event, the Elifar Challenge, just weeks before taking on a whole-firm charity day building a community allotment in West London.

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20 years of alternative advice is rewarded with equity partnership

GCW has promoted Simon Horner to Equity Partner. Simon leads its Alternative Sectors team, covering areas such as hotels, retirement living, gyms, children nurseries, student housing and drive thru restaurants.

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GCW retain ELIFAR trophy

A team of seven surveyors from GCW competed in the Elifar challenge helping to raise over £65,000. The funds have been put to good use by Elifar, making a real difference to the lives of young people and their families.

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Market revival leads Brixton transformation

GCW has advised client LAP on its innovative approach to managing Brixton Markets for over 12 years

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Fulham backs food hall boom

Market Halls, the newly launched food hall operator, is to open its first venture at Fulham Broadway. GCW has agreed the letting of the former ticket hall and entrance to the London Underground station to Market Halls on behalf of CBRE Global Investors.

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BlackRock buys Ashtead foodstore

GCW has purchased a foodstore in the affluent Surrey commuter town of Ashtead for BlackRock.

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GCW completes UBS Taunton sale

GCW has sold a prime retail investment for UBS Asset Management (UK) on Taunton's popular Fore Street for £4.895 million reflecting a net initial yield of 5.75%.

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GCW takes on car wash giant

GCW's Alternative Sectors team has branched out into the car wash market with its appointment by the world's largest provider, IMO to acquire over 100 new sites across the South of England.

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Topland delivers in Northampton

Three successful lettings by GCW in Northampton have enabled Topland to progress its asset management plans on a prime retail parade acquired in 2016.

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Northwich's Barons Quay signs up with GCW

GCW has been appointed as letting agents on Barons Quay shopping centre in Northwich, one of the five shopping centres to open in 2017.

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Colchester makes GCW return

GCW has added Lion Walk shopping centre in Colchester to its successful portfolio of 36 shopping centres where it acts as leasing and asset management advisors.

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Food shoppers demand convenience

There has been significant structural change in the supermarket sector of the retail property market leading to revised store requirements of the major operators. Whilst there has not been the predicted substantial reduction in the size of food retailers' portfolios, there has been a greater focus on how these are utilised and the type of stores which will be opened in the future.

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Three Peak trekkers support children's charity

A team of nine surveyors from GCW raised a huge £17,500 for Elifar taking on the Three Peaks Challenge. The funds have been put to good use by Elifar, making a real difference to the lives of four young people and their families.

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Investors turn to thriving nursery market

2017 saw the introduction of tax-free childcare for some families and a roll-out of increased entitlement for other working parents in England.

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St Brides buys in thriving location

GCW has purchased a flagship landmark retail unit in Leeds for new investment client, St Brides Managers.

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Restaurant groups back GCW lease advice

GCW's lease advisory team has begun work with two leading restaurant sector operators.

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Heathrow hotel buys parking site

GCW continues its work for hotel developer Vastint with the purchase of a 0.7 acre site adjacent to the Moxy Hotel in Heathrow. The hotel site was GCW's first purchase for Vastint as it rolls out the Moxy chain of hotels across the UK.

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Empire cinema leads Sutton leisure plans

Cinema operator, Empire has agreed terms to remodel and refurbish its cinema within Sutton's St Nicholas Shopping Centre.

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Alternative occupiers move to Sheffield store

GCW's Alternative Sectors team is advising on a new style of occupier for a former Primark store in central Sheffield.

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Superdrug targets hospital outlets

leading health and beauty retailer, Superdrug to open new stores in non-traditional retailing locations such as transport hubs and hospitals.

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Stratford Centre builds on success

Strong trading has helped the Stratford Centre to attract two new food and beverage operators as part of its on-going strategy to increase dwell time at the centre.

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Retail investors value independent advice

GCW has completed its latest purchase support project advising investor Kames Capital on a retail parade in Stevenage.

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Bishop's Stortford revamp woos H&M

Fashion retailer H&M has opened in Bishop's Stortford's Jackson Square following extensive remodelling at the shopping centre.

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GCW expands retail team

GCW has bolstered its professional staff with two surveyors joining its high street and shopping centre teams.

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UBS sells Swansea retail block

GCW has agreed the sale of a prime city centre retail block in Swansea on behalf of UBS Asset Management's Triton Fund.

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Plymouth attracts competitive bidders

GCW has agreed a retail warehouse investment sale in Plymouth for CBRE GI to Custodian Capital, at £7.487 million showing a net initial yield of 6.73%.

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Hamberley agrees care home acquisition

GCW's Alternative Sectors team has acquired its first healthcare site for Hamberley Developments.

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Vastint buys Birmingham hotel site

Hotel developer, Vastint has agreed the purchase of a site in Birmingham to build its latest Moxy hotel.

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Waitrose backs Epsom performance

GCW has agreed terms with Waitrose to regear its lease at Epsom's Ashley Centre on behalf of owners CBRE GI.

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Bargate Quarter launches in Southampton

Bargate Quarter, a brand new shopping scheme in Southampton, has won the go-ahead from planners and English Heritage.

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King's Lynn's Vancouver Centre signs fashion flagship

Fashion retailer H&M will open a flagship store in King's Lynn's Vancouver Centre following agreement with the Council to regear the head lease on the centre.

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Benson Elliot sells Ealing investments

GCW has secured the sale of two prime retail-led sites in Ealing town centre for long-standing client Benson Elliot.

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Hannington Estate Starts to Take Shape

Work is progressing well at Hanningtons Estate and we are excited to announce that we are just twelve months off completion. By the end of Summer 2018, Brighton will have a new Lane and new spaces for shops, restaurants and cafes.

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GCW make it 2 out of 3

For the second time in the past three years GCW emerged triumphant from the annual Elifar Challenge.

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GCW Reaching New Heights!

A team from GCW are taking on the Three Peaks Challenge for Elifar Foundation Limited, a fantastic charity which helps disabled children.

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Alex keeps up the record

Alex Ash has become the fourth GCW graduate trainee in under a year to accomplish success in the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

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GCW retains Stratford Centre

GCW has secured its role as letting agent on the Stratford Centre as the scheme has been sold by Catalyst Capital to Frogmore.

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Langney extension goes ahead in Eastbourne

The long-anticipated extension to Langney shopping centre near Eastbourne has the go-ahead following agreement for a second anchor in the scheme.

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Kames buys Harrogate parade

Kames Capital has acquired a prime retail parade on Harrogate's Cambridge Street for £4.825 million showing a net initial yield of 5.19%.

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Grants Entertainment updates in Croydon

GCW has completed its first letting at Grants Entertainment Centre in Croydon as the leisure venue begins work on improving the tenant mix.

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Hillarys launches on the high street

Home furnishings retailer Hillarys is set to move from a catalogue, online and home sales business into a high street brand with the launch of a ‘home studio' store format.

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Fremlin Walk letting completes Maidstone tenants

Mobile phone retailer 3 becomes the latest retailer to open in Maidstone's Fremlin Walk, relocating from Week Street.

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Brighton's Hanningtons Estate wins green light

Redevco, the European retail real estate investment manager, has begun work on the redevelopment of the former Hanningtons department store in Brighton.

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King's Lynn regear enables rebuild

GCW has reached agreement with King's Lynn Council to regear the head lease on the Vancouver Quarter shopping centre.

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GCW launches Alternative Sectors team

GCW has set up a new team to focus on the requirements of specialist operators such as gyms, hotels, children's nurseries and care homes which are now vying for key, edge and out-of-town retail sites throughout the UK.

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Loaf invests in physical stores

Furniture retailer Loaf has opened its second London store on Lancaster Road, Notting Hill.

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Brighton's Hanningtons Estate wins green light

Redevco, the European retail real estate investment manager, has begun work on the redevelopment of the former Hanningtons department store in Brighton.

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TJ Hughes reopens in Preston

Discount retailer, TJ Hughes has reopened in its original premises in Preston's Fishergate centre after an absence of five years.

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Bishop's Stortford gets set for upgrade

Jackson Square shopping centre in Bishop's Stortford is set for a significant investment by owner Legal & General with a comprehensive refurbishment planned.

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New Lease Advisory Director Arrives

GCW has appointed Adam Cohen as a director specialising in lease consultancy with the High Street agency team.

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GCW delivers Brighton big store rent rise

GCW has used its market expertise and local knowledge to achieve a rental increase at rent review on a big store in Brighton.

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A hat-trick for GCW graduates

Congratulations to all three of our graduate trainees who recently took the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and passed with flying colours.

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Maidenhead develops new urban quarter

GCW has been appointed to work with developer Sorbon on its vibrant new mixed-use quarter in Maidenhead, Chapel Arches.

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Superdrug looks beyond the high street

GCW is working with leading health and beauty retailer, Superdrug to open new stores in non-traditional retailing locations such as transport hubs, universities and hospitals.

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Lease deals aid energie gym expansion

Energie property (UK), advised by GCW, has announced a new leasing structure and secured a site in Southwark for its Fit4less gym chain.

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Topland shops in Northampton

Topland has acquired a prime retail parade on the junction with Northampton's main pedestrian thoroughfare, Abington Street and Fish Street, opposite the Grosvenor Centre, for £7.48 million.

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Biggie Best expands across UK

GCW has agreed deals on the latest new stores for home furnishings retailer Biggie Best in Sherborne, Dorset and Monmouth.

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Maidenhead's Nicholsons centre plans revamp

Maidenhead's Nicholson's centre plans revamp

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Henley owner delivers Gardiner Place

Catalyst Capital has rejuvenated plans for a mixed-use development in central Henley-on-Thames, following its acquisition of The Regatta Portfolio.

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Opinion: BHS Administration

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Stratford Island wins green light

The Stratford Island project, designed to further regenerate the centre of Stratford in East London, has won the go-ahead from planners.

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Kames Capital buys twice in Southend

Kames Capital has secured the investment purchase of two adjacent properties on Southend's prime retailing pitch.

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Maidstone signs up River Island

GCW has secured River Island as a key fashion tenant for Fremlin Walk in Maidstone in the first stage of its work on the centre for owner M&G Real Estate.

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The Cornish Bakery woos customers

GCW client The Cornish Bakery continues to deliver strong sales growth after its rebrand and name change from Pasty Presto.

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Eastbourne's Langney Centre secures new owner

GCW has completed the sale of The Langney Centre, Eastbourne's popular district shopping centre for over £19 million on behalf of Schroders Columbus Fund and London & Associated Properties.

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GCW ranks 2015 shopping centre openings

GCW's has published an analysis of 2015's shopping centre openings with a no-holds barred view on their pros and cons.

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GCW advises on Brantano restructuring

GCW has successfully completed the latest of its high-profile work on retailer restructurings with wide-ranging consultancy, support and letting advice to the administrator of out-of-town shoe retailer Brantano.

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Retailers sign up to Salisbury

Salisbury's Old George Mall is benefitting from a strong trading performance and the growing popularity of the town with retailers.

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GCW delivers on Windsor retail know-how

GCW's well-established reputation as the leading retail agent in Windsor has enabled it to complete a number of deals in the town.

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Bolton's Market Place opens leisure venue

Bolton's town centre transformation has taken another step forward with the opening of the dining and leisure venue, The Vaults within the Market Place shopping centre.

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Retailer trio move to Haywards Heath

Three retailers have signed deals to open at Haywards Heath's The Orchards showing ongoing demand for the shopping centre.

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Dreams settles on the high street

Furniture retailer Dreams has retained GCW to secure high street opportunities in the Greater London area.

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Ipswich Sailmakers benefits from major upgrade

GCW has agreed four deals at Ipswich's Sailmakers shopping centre following the recent completion of a £4 million rebranding and refurbishment project.

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Moxy Hotels agrees UK sites

GCW has delivered its second site for Vastint Hospitality, part of the Inter Ikea Group, who intend to develop a Moxy hotel, Marriott International's new lifestyle economy brand.

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Investment sales attract competitive bids

A focus on developing comprehensive and in-depth sales stories is enabling GCW to attract record levels of interest for its clients. Two recent investment sales in Royal Tunbridge Wells and Cambridge have attracted high levels of offers, creating competitive bidding and outstanding results.

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Guildford investor sees future potential

GCW has secured a deal for CBRE Global Investors to buy a property on Guildford's North Street from Blackstone for £14.08 million.

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Queen's Park retail unit secures top price

GCW has sold the investment in the retail element of a mixed-use development in London's Queen's Park for Bouygues Development for £4.095 million reflecting a net initial yield of 4.5%.

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GCW takes on Lidl search

Lidl has agreed its first formal arrangement with GCW with an instruction to search for sites in the London Borough of Ealing. Lidl's research shows there is potential for up to another eight stores in this one borough.

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Epsom's Ashley Centre drives up rental values

GCW is achieving significant rental growth at the Ashley Centre in Epsom, taking rents from £75 Zone A to close to its aim of £100 in the past year.

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GCW delivers APAM investment deal

GCW has secured a £51.3 million portfolio of prime high street shops, in dominant retail centres with asset management opportunities for Varde Partners and its joint venture asset management partner APAM.

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Occupational advice secures Magna purchase

GCW's investment team has advised CBRE Global Investors on its successful purchase of the Magna portfolio for £37 million.

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MK Retail Development gets Council Support

Palatium Investment Management has secured planning consent for the refurbishment and redevelopment of Lloyds Court in Milton Keynes

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Record Footfall in Stratford Centre

Stratford shopping centre smashes annual footfall figure of 25.3m

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GCW is the right fit for Superga

Iconic Italian shoe brand, Superga has retained GCW to help drive its expansion in the UK.

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Retailers sign up to Bolton redevelopment

GCW has agreed deals to bring three leading retailers, Next, New Look and JD Sport, to Market Place shopping centre in Bolton. The deals show renewed confidence in the centre as Market Place is undergoing a £19 million refurbishment by owners Moorgarth.

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Revamp helps Barnet sale

GCW has agreed the sale of The Spires shopping centre in Barnet, North London for £40 million.

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GCW director supports Sunday trading status quo

GCW director Simon Morris has contributed to a recent story in The Times on new powers which could allow local councils to relax Sunday trading laws.

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Maidstone shopping centre signs up to GCW

Fremlin Walk in Maidstone is a recent addition to GCW's portfolio of shopping centre clients following the centre's purchase by M&G Real Estate from Legal & General Property.

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Fat Face continues expansion

GCW continues to help Fat Face to grow its portfolio with acquisitions in costal locations, market towns, major centres and regional shopping centres. Buoyant sales have also prompted the retailer to increase the size of existing stores.

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GCW makes luxury move

GCW has helped luxury leather goods retailer, Pickett to make the most of the competitive London property market, surrendering the lease on its existing shop and acquiring a new flagship store.

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Promoting careers in property

GCW is supporting Reading Real Estate Foundation's innovative programme to widen access to the real estate profession.

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GCW creates strategy in Bath

GCW has been appointed by St John's Hospital, the charity owner of Bath's Old Bond Street, to develop an asset management strategy to ensure that this pivotal retail area is the location of choice for aspirational retailers in the city.

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GCW expands mediation service

GCW has launched a formal mediation service to add to its well-established and successful dispute resolution service.

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Loaf joins GCW retailer clients

High-profile internet retailer, Loaf has appointed GCW to help its expansion onto the high street.

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Investment team hits CoStar league high

GCW's investment team is celebrating a high profile ranking amongst the UK's top investment agents.

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KFC trials new concept

GCW has teamed up with fast-food retailer KFC to help find suitable sites to trial a new up-market urban dining concept.

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The Fragrance Shop scents growth opportunities

GCW has been appointed by leading UK perfume retailer The Fragrance Shop to help it expand further with a raft of new stores opening this year.

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GCW extends Orchard Street link

GCW has taken on the role of letting agent on the St Anns Shopping Centre in Harrow as it expands its partnership with Orchard Street Investment Management.

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Aberdeen invests in Chippenham

GCW has bought Chippenham Retail Park for a client of Aberdeen Asset Management from private development company Foinavon for £11.234 million.

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Record Footfall at Stratford Centre

Stratford shopping centre smashes annual footfall figure of 25.3m Catalyst Capital's Stratford shopping centre in East London on target to hit an annual footfall figure of 25.3 million. Since 2010, the centre has seen continual increases in footfall and the figure has now risen by 19.3 per cent over the last five years. The 330,000-sq ft centre, which is home to 60 stores, is now fully let after welcoming The Fragrance Shop, Warren James, Chopstix, Subway and The Works. International supermarket chain Lidl is due to open in the centre on 3 December and will take up a 9,265-sq ft two-level unit. And Catalyst Capital has plans for a mixed use residential development to be built on part of the site. Centre manager Andrew Norton said: “This is a fantastic end to a very successful year for the centre. We have welcomed some great new lettings in 2015 and we serve as the ideal convenient place for the community to do their shopping. We are really pleased that the footfall is improving each year and our target for 2016 is to even exceed the 2015 figure.”

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GCW secures Epsom investment

GCW has agreed a deal for CBRE Global Investors to purchase the Ashley Centre in Epsom, Surrey for £78 million on behalf of a German pension fund. The centre has been bought from the Carlyle Group at a net initial yield of 6.1%.

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Record Footfall in Stratford

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Record Footfall in Stratford

Stratford shopping centre smashes annual footfall figure of 25.3m Catalyst Capital's Stratford shopping centre in East London on target to hit an annual footfall figure of 25.3 million. Since 2010, the centre has seen continual increases in footfall and the figure has now risen by 19.3 per cent over the last five years. The 330,000-sq ft centre, which is home to 60 stores, is now fully let after welcoming The Fragrance Shop, Warren James, Chopstix, Subway and The Works. International supermarket chain Lidl is due to open in the centre on 3 December and will take up a 9,265-sq ft two-level unit. And Catalyst Capital has plans for a mixed use residential development to be built on part of the site. Centre manager Andrew Norton said: “This is a fantastic end to a very successful year for the centre. We have welcomed some great new lettings in 2015 and we serve as the ideal convenient place for the community to do their shopping. We are really pleased that the footfall is improving each year and our target for 2016 is to even exceed the 2015 figure.”

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CBRE Global Investors turns to shopping centres

GCW has advised long-standing client CBRE Global Investors on the purchase of two shopping centres, marking the fund manager's entry into the UK shopping centre investment market.

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Two More Sites in the oven for Konditor & Cook

Upmarket bakery Konditor & Cook has secured two new central London cake stores for its growing operation.

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George Capital goes shopping in Nottingham

GCW has advised George Capital on the acquisition of 6-10 Victoria Street, Nottingham, let to French Connection, for £1,800,000.

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Bolton Market Place receives consent for nine screen cinema

Moorgarth Group, the asset manager on behalf of the new owner of Bolton's Market Place, has gained consent from Bolton council for a nine-screen multiplex cinema.

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Biggie Best launches high street brand

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Co-op success delivers new investment deals for GCW

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Maidstone offers future development potential

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Buoyant Windsor attracts competing investment bids

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Yeovil set for investment following Quedam sale

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Moxy Hotel gears up for UK launch

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Eastbourne centre plans expansion

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River Island Relocates to Ipswich Tower Ramparts

Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre has signed River Island as a new tenant for 2013, and are expected to expand their client list into the new year.

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GCW set sail in Portsmouth

Orchard Street Investment Management has appointed retail agency GCW as joint letting agent on The Cascades shopping centre in Portsmouth.

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Haywards Heath woos tenants with upgrade

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GCW wins Salisbury rematch

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Energie plans major budget gym roll-out

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Hempstead Valley wins planning go-ahead

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Ealing development gets green light

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GCW sells first of Agora's four centres

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Yeovil set for investment

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Bristol upgrade pays dividends

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GCW takes on pet market

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Energie plans gym expansion

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Cardiff woos retailers to Queens Arcade

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Ipswich signs up to GCW package

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Investment team ups business

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Professional expertise woos capital clients

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Pet retailer plans major expansion

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GCW Appointed on Riverside Hemel

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Familiare in a nappy valley near you

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GCW Well Represented at CR Marketplace

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The Galleries Bristol to get multi-million pound investment

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JoJo go Offshore

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River Island Relocates to Ipswich Tower Ramparts

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GCW set sail in Portsmouth

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Relax at Harlow's Harvey Centre

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GCW sell in Sale

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Specsavers Focus on Lakeside

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Solihull Mell Square Opens Doors To New Tenants

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JD Sprint Towards New Concept

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JoJo Maman Bebe casts a wider net with store openings

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GCW achieves sharp yield on long income supermarket disposal for AXA

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Primark prelet for thecentre:mk

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GCW sells in West Wickham

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GCW Take Triathlon Title

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Fat Face Bags East Grinstead

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Successful Investment Disposal by GCW in Windsor

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Aberdeen Asset Management acquires super prime Guildford investment

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GCW Recruits Two From MSBL

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GCW Appointed To Advise on Fenn Wright Manson Administration

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UVU to Pop-Up in Mayfair

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First Property go shopping in Great Yarmouth

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Pickett Pop Up at Royal Exchange

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GCW Continue to Grow

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CBRE Investors buys into prime Sheffield

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CBRE Investors continue to capitalise on good value opportunities on the high street

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Debenhams signs for Marketplace

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GCW Appointed on Jane Norman Administration

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CBRE Investors go shopping in East Grinstead

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Hammersmith added to GCW's shopping centre portfolio

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Farrow & Ball continue to paint the UK

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Another New Couple in Royal Windsor

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Jamie dishes up at thecentre:mk

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Milton Keynes signs Top Brands

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Lewisham Centre Letting Update

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JoJo Continue Growth Spurt in 2011

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British Bookshops & Sussex Stationers in Administration

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GCW offer a Dream service

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Whole Foods expand organically in Richmond

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Deichmann march into The Victoria~ Southend

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Super progress at The Peacocks

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Topshop sign for new store in Old George Mall~ Salisbury

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TK Maxx Woman is great value for Mell Square~ Solihull

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No Growing Pains for JoJo Maman Bebe

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Jack Wills comes to Tunbridge Wells

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GCW appointed on Woking shopping centre

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GCW Shakes up the Market

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Boots step into The Victoria Centre~ Southend

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Bury's Rock-solid opening

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GCW take pride in Shrewsbury!

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Milton Keynes Restaurant Quarter is fully pre-let!

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Shopping Centre team appointed on Maidenhead scheme

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CBRE Investors completes £38m Retail Portfolio Purchase

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GCW moves into the Palace!

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GCW Gets Into Coffee & Muffins

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Retail Agency recruits again

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Baby retailer continues to grow

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Dove Spa take off in Lakeside

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The Lab experiments with new sites

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GCW takes Olympic challenge

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Solihull proves ever popular

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GCW tops the financial charts

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New recruit comes in from the cold

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Bury Rocks for Primark

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Vinegar Hill settle into a new home in Bristol

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Feltham continues to attract new fascias

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Silbury Arcade signings trigger premium plans in Milton Keynes

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Specsavers Focus on the City

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Hennes to open in Lewisham

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TK Maxx touch down in MK

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Woolworths 0 : 99p Stores 3

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GCW appeals to Thorntons' sweet tooth

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Apple arrive in Salisbury

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Retailer Realises the Benefit of GCW

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GCW are Well Worth It!

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Next drop anchor at Victoria Shopping Centre~ Southend

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Lease Renewals Roadshow

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Barclays secure resite in Morley's Mell Square

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All is Bright in Eastleigh

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F&C sells Lion Walk shopping centre~ Colchester for £69 million

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Letting Benefits Windsor Scheme

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Bury Takes Shape with a String of New Tenant Signings

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Shopping Centre Team Recruits for Battle !

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GCW Tri Harder!

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The Centre:MK appoints GCW Shopping Centre Team

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GCW find value in Woodley

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Vinegar Hill get cosy in Cheltenham

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GCW complete flurry of Investment Deals

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Halifax Climb New Heights in Victoria !

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Leicester Lettings

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Romford - Mixed Use Development

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Fuel to relaunch Ciro Brand

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All aboard at Kings Cross !

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Salisbury Lettings

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LAP buys out its Windsor Partner

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GCW Recruitment Drive

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Tesco's Expansion continues

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GCW sell Christchurch shopping centre to RREEF

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Farrow & Ball to open new flagship store

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GCW adds Magic & Sparkle

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More Awards for JoJo Maman Bebe

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GCW appointed in Salisbury & Southend

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LAP call time in Dagenham

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Thornfield signs Vue for £220m Bury scheme

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JoJo Maman Bebe does the double!

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Halfords gears up for new style cycle store

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Waitrose appoint GCW on surplus stores

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St Helens Church Square picked up by ING

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Debenhams to anchor new scheme for Bury

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Regent Quarter Retail Gets Green Light With 65% Let

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All change at Grafton Centre~ Cambridge

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Phones4U retain GCW

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Beales to open at The Forum - Horsham

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GCW snap up former Littlewoods freeholds

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Third Party Appointments On The Up

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Ottakars Expansion continues unabated

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Independants flock to Portman Village

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GCW complete hat-trick of deals for CBRE Investors

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Land Securities appoint GCW on Lewisham

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JoJo Maman Bébé retain GCW

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New Supermarket evidence in SW London

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Waitrose & Zara commit in Windsor

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Mountney joins GCW Team

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King Edward Court~ Windsor

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GCW Newsletter - June 2004

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Bromley – The Mall

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Chester Properties buys into Barking

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New Disposal Instructions - January 2004

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Catalyst buys JSD for £170 million

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Ipswich - Eastgate Shopping Centre

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St Helens - Church Sq Shopping Centre

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Ottakar's Acquires Hammicks' Stores

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JD Sport Disposals