Retail


Whether you are seeking advice on Retail Agency, Capital Markets, Lease Advisory, Development, or Strategy, look no further.

 

Retail developers, investors, and occupiers are guaranteed expertise, extensive market reach, and the sector’s best research team. Our wider organisation gives you access to a consultancy platform that encompasses 68 international markets.


What we offer

The presence of our Agency teams across all core regional markets means that we can provide a truly UK-wide service. This is underpinned by our offices in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Across the UK, we represent a wide range of domestic and international brands including Dixons Carphone, Deichmann, Boux Avenue, Costa, Sweaty Betty, Sainsbury’s, Oliver Bonas, Khaadi, ME+EM and SEAT. Our teams also advise on the leasing of both in-town and out-of-town space, which encompasses a variety of shopping environments.

 

Leasing agents for major shopping centre landlords including intu, Legal & General, NewRiver, Curzon Advisors, Land Securities and Blackrock.

Advisor to all the major institutional owners of High Street retail property including Aviva, M&G, AXA, Hermes and CBREGi.

Leasing agents for retail parks including Epping Shopping Park, Ravenside in Erdington and Thurmaston in Leicester

 

Key clients

Intu, Dixons Carphone, Aviva, Costa, Moorfields Corporate, Hermes and Sainsbury’s

 

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Retail UK Agency

The UK Retail Capital Markets team’s approach is characterised by the quality of its strategic investment advice and a fundamental duty of care to their clients often absent in an increasingly broker-orientated market. This capability resonates with clients – particularly those who require confidentiality combined with an ability to perform.

Operating across the retail sub-sectors, its consultancy-led approach to the market has seen the team increase its client base and develop specialisms in high street, shopping centre, supermarket and retail warehouse sectors.

  • The Centre Livingston for £220m sale on behalf of Land Securities
  • B&Q, Hedge End acquisition for £40m on behalf of Palmer Capital
  • Morrisons London NW9 sold for £43m on behalf of Aberdeen Standard
  • 54-60 Broad Street, Reading acquired for £21m on behalf of a UK Institution
  • Wickes, Ealing sold for £14.5m on behalf of LaSalle Investment Management
  • Atlantic Village Outlet Centre sold for £13m on behalf of U&I

 

Public and private sector

We represent both public and private sector clients and have a clear understanding of their own distinctive requirements.

Our team delivers a full range of services to all parts of the public sector including central and local government, further and higher education, health, the emergency services and pension funds.

We understand the increasing pressure on public bodies to use property in the most efficient way - by reducing costs, disposing of surplus assets and increasing returns on investment. Our established track record shows how successful we are in helping our clients meet their objectives.

 

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments, Land Securities, Aviva, CBRE GI, Sainsbury’s, WM Morrison, and LaSalle Investment Management

Retail Capital Markets

London’s leading advisory and agency team active across the Capital. Our retail strategy and research teams provide expert advice and a wide range of specialist services including market forecasting and bespoke consultancy.

Our mandates include: Lead retail and London Retail & Restaurant Agency advisor to the Grosvenor Estate across their ownership of 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia.

  • Shaftesbury’s world famous shopping, dining & entertainment district - Carnaby Street.
  • The Crown Estate - Retail and London Retail & Restaurant Agency Advisors on their 30 acre St James Estate.
  • Shaftesbury’s Soho & Chinatown Estates.
  • Longmartin - Retail and London Retail & Restaurant Agency advisors on their Long Acre and St Martins Courtyard holdings in Covent Garden.
  • The Church Commissioners - Hyde Park Estate, over 70 retail & restaurants known as Connaught Village.
  • City Corporation leasing advisors on 100,000 sq ft Leadenhall Market.
  • Labtech - Camden Hawley Wharf - Retail and London Retail & Restaurant Agency leasing and advisory.
  • Domestic and international tenant representation including Inditex, Uniqlo, Sweaty Betty, Me & Em, Lucy Choi, Oliver Bonas, Ecco, Headmasters and Dixons Carphone.

 

Key clients

Aviva, City Corporation, Grosvenor, Shaftesbury, The Crown Estate, The Church Commissioners, Labtech and Longmartin

Retail London Retail Restaurants

Our Retail Lease Advisory team advises a wide range of landlord and tenant clients on rent review, lease renewal and re-gear transactions.

The team has a particular specialism in high value shops, bars, restaurants and gyms in Central London along with the large store sector (supermarkets, department/variety stores) and High Streets, Shopping Centres and Retail Parks throughout the UK. They also work closely with some of the major London Estates in preparing and implementing strategic asset management initiatives.

  • Retained advisors on Grosvenor and Leadenhall Street Market estates
  • Leading advisors on supermarkets in London and throughout the UK
  • Highly active in the UK department/variety store sector
  • Tenant portfolio work for a number of high profile national multiple retailers

 

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard, Aviva, Blackrock, CBREGi, Freshwater, Land Securities, Threadneedle and UBS

Retail Lease Advisory

Our team works with investors, developers and occupiers to create successful projects in urban and out-of-town locations. We are specialists in the food store market with an unrivaled track record.

Everything we do is based on creating viable and deliverable projects that meet our clients’ requirements.

  • Retained advisors to Sainsbury’s on their supermarkets in the north of England and have advised on over 80 possible and actual food store acquisitions and extensions, as well as many developments and disposals.
  • Advised St Modwen on the £38.5 million purchase of Kirkby town centre and retained to advise on the development and leasing of a new 135,000 sq ft retail park anchored by Morrisons.
  • Advised Mansfield Borough Council on their long term development strategy for Mansfield town centre and retained to advise on the joint venture development of former bus station site.
  • Advised Bolton Council on the purchase of Crompton Place Shopping Centre for £14.8 million.
  • Advised Epping Forest Borough Council in site acquisition, development and leasing of a 180,000 sq ft new shopping park.

 

Key clients

Sainsbury’s, St Modwen, McCarthy & Stone, Langtree, Network Space, Mansfield Borough Council, Bolton Council and Urban & Civic

Retail Development

Our Retail Strategy team take a unique and innovative approach to market research and business strategy for every client. With decades of location planning expertise, working at some of the UK’s best known retailers, the team have a deep understanding of data analytics in the Retail sector.

Our team combines market leading research with Retail Agency and Investment expertise to ensure that your future business strategy is both deliverable and maximises potential. Our consultancy services encompass:

  • Customer Profiling
  • Sales Forecasting
  • Profitability Modelling
  • Portfolio Strategy
  • Shopper Behaviour Analytics

 

Key clients

Aviva, Shaftesbury, Grosvenor, Ecco, Oliver Bonas and Jigsaw

Retail Strategy
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Midsummer Retail Report 2019
After an unprecedented year of turmoil, the UK retail sector and the property market that it supports is having to reinvent itself.
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Capability Statement
We have a market-leading team that is backed by complementary areas of expertise, underpinned by the sector’s best researchers.
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Brand Representation
We can advise on location acquisition, portfolio optimisation and cost savings.
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Browse Q2 2019
Browse Magazine - Q2 2019
We hope you'll enjoy the mix of news, views and features which reflect the challenges and opportunities that the retail property market currently faces.
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Dan Simms
Co-Head of Retail Agency
London - West End

With over 27 years experience in the retail market, Dan is the Co-Head of the UK Retail Agency team at Colliers International.

Dan & the UK Retail Agency team provide specialist advice on leasing Shopping Centre, High Street & Out of Town property all across the UK for leading landlords including intu, Legal & General, Axa, Aviva, Landsec, Blackrock and NewRiver.

Dan & the team also advise a large number of leading and emerging retailers, including Dixons Carphone, Sainsburys, Oliver Bonas, Sky/iSmash, Fraser Hart, Ecco, Sweaty Betty, Costa & Boux Avenue on their acquisition and disposal programmes.

Dan has regularly commented on the retail market in national media including BBC News, Newsnight, LBC, CNBC, BBC Radio 4, The FT, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, The TImes and most property media channels.

 

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James Watson
Director | Head of Retail Capital Markets
London - West End

I head up Retail Capital Markets at Colliers and have over 20 years experience in the sector.

We advise on all aspects of retail investment, specialising in the shopping centre, retail warehouse, high street and leisure sectors. In addition we are an established market-leading operator in the supermarket sector.
In conjunction with MSCI we provide market leading annual research into the supermarket & shopping centre sectors.
​Our clients include Land Securities, LaSalle Investment Management, Legal & General, Aberdeen Standard Life, Royal London, CBRE GI and U+I.
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Matthew Hobbs
Head of Retail - Lease Advisory
London - West End

Having worked in the Lease Advisory side for over 30 years, Matthew is a specialist in high value retail / leisure rent reviews, lease renewals and lease negotiations.

This includes luxury shops and bars / restaurants in Central London along with other large shops (particularly supermarkets / department stores) and flagship stores for both landlords and tenants in London and throughout the UK.

His team of seven full time professional surveyors and four consultants deal with retail / restaurant rent reviews, lease renewals and regears for landlords and occupiers in all of the major towns and cities in the UK. He also works closely with the agency and investment teams in asset management initiatives, lease restructuring and investment acquisitions and sales.

He is on the RICS panel of independent experts and is regularly called upon to act as third party on high value rent reviews in Central London and throughout the country.

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Greg Styles
Head of Retail Development
Leeds

Greg is a retail property and development specialist with nearly 30 years’ experience, who advises clients across the UK on all aspects of retail agency, development and investment. He provides advice on food stores, shopping centres, out of town and all other forms of retail and mixed use development.  His expertise includes master planning, scheme design, development appraisals, compulsory purchase, leasing, development agreements and the sale and funding of projects.  Greg is a particular expert in food store development. He is retained by Sainsbury's to advise them on their supermarket properties across the north of England and also advises ALDI's Corporate Property team.  Greg has a strong track record in advising both private and public sector clients on the development of new shopping centres, retail parks and mixed use developments.

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