Radical plans for Lakeside shopping centre in Essex might point the way for wider redevelopment at a number of retail locations in the UK.
It feels like an especially complicated time right now for retailers and their relationships with politicians.
Ikea may be best known for its big box stores, with their one-way circuit layouts, warehouse exit route, and the option to pause mid-shop for meatballs.
The Government appears to have steered itself into a dead end street when it comes to environmental policies – but at least retailers are doing something constructive.
The Prime Minister has been tearing up plans to protect the environment after perceiving that such actions could be popular with voters, some of whom fear that these green policies would cost them money.
Pets at Home has been named the best place to work in the UK’s retail sector, after a survey by digital work platform WorkL.
Unions are calling for reduced business rates and better worker protection. It might be in the interest of traditional retailers to support them.
New figures out this week from the GMB Union put a more human cost on changes that have caused a fundamental reset of the retail economy.
Michelle D’Vaz-Plant is head of marketing at London Designer Outlet, a Realm centre in Wembley Park.