Retailers see value and convenience in attending Ellandi conference

Posted by Property Week on 1st Jun 2012

Property conferences are a fairly common occurrence these days, but one event later this month is likely to be better attended than most, given the current state of the retail sector.

Investor and asset manager Ellandi is hosting a conference dedicated to the value sector of the retail market, and to show how the asset management of secondary shopping centres is not necessarily a dead end.

The Ellandi Value and Convenience Shopping Conference, to be held at the London office of the Royal Institute of British Architects on 25 June, will bring together more than 150 retail leasing agents and investors to discuss the world of value and convenience retailing — one of the few growing retail sectors.

The keynote panel discussion will be chaired by Property Week and feature three representatives from companies that are on the expansion trail: Tim Robinson, head of convenience property at Tesco; Sean Riley, property director at Poundland; and Tom Cartledge, head of property at TK Maxx.

Ellandi joint founder Mark Robinson says: “This is all about the occupational market, and putting the spotlight on a sector — secondary shopping centres — that has become unloved.

“People have tarred them with the same brush, but not all secondary retail is tertiary, and there will always be a place for local centres where the basket shop can’t be replaced by the internet.

“We hope to get the key people in this sector together to discuss the best ways to asset manage these centres and get them growing.”

Source: Property Week

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