Jollyes targeting retail parks in expansion drive23rd November 2023
Jollyes is targeting retail parks as part of its continued expansion, as the retailer aims to open between 20 and 25 new stores in 2024. The pet retailer’s ideal units range between 5,000 and 7,000 sq ft in size at ground floor, located at retail parks or roadside locations across the UK. So far in 2023, Jollyes has opened 14 stores in the following locations: Jollyes has appointed Tim Hornor, Karl Norman and Sophie Wilson at Edgerley Simpson Howe to help find suitable locations to support its expansion plans.
M&S eyes London Foodhall sites as it continues expansion21st November 2023
M&S is looking for more locations in Central and Greater London as it looks to open more Foodhall sites. The retailer is on the hunt for prominent units with a gross internal area of between 6,000 and 25,000 sq ft with good access to the public transportation network. M&S is considering both new builds or conversions, as well as freehold or leasehold units. Ideal units will have dedicated or nearby parking, which M&S says is a necessity in Zones 4-6. This London expansion comes as M&S looks to have an estate with 400 food stores by the 2018 financial year. David Justice, Howard Quigley, and Henry Foreman of FMX have been appointed to find suitable locations.
JD Sports requires retail park space for expansion8th November 2023
JD Sports has set out its store requirements as the retailer looks to continue its expansion into the retail park market. The sportswear retailer opened 16 new retail park stores in 2021 and 2022, with a further eight all to open by the end of the year, including its 100th retail park site. The eight sites are: In March, the JD Sports said it is looking to open 10 retail park stores a year, as part of wider expansion plans which would see the retailer launch hundreds of new stores annually. Ideal units will be between 6,000 and 10,000 sq ft on the ground floor with 2,000 sq ft at mezzanine level. JD Sports is looking to open in retail parks which contain other high street retailers. James Potter of the newly-launched Park Place Retail has been appointed to find suitable locations.
Gail’s looks to expand7th November 2023
Gail’s has laid the requirements for its new stores as the artisanal bakery chain continues to expand. The operator is seeking units around 1,400 sq ft in size in any location in which it is not currently represented. Corner units with outdoor seating are preferred, but not essential. Gail’s – which first opened in Hampstead in 2005 – now operates in over 120 locations, predominantly in the South East. Recent openings include in Knutsford and Witney. Stephen Fixman of Forty Group has been appointed to find suitable locations in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire, East Sussex, and West Sussex. Four & Co’s Gareth Storer has been appointed for the Manchester, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hetfordshire, and Bedfordshire regions.
Candle bar concept looks to sniff out Brighton location3rd November 2023
Paddywax is looking for a suitable location in Brighton to open its ‘Candle Bar’ concept. The experiential retail stores allow customers to shop the candle brand’s curated collections, or create their own custom candle. Customers are welcome to daily one-hour workshop classes, enabling them to learn the art of candle making and using a range of different vessels and scents. The workshops are designed with events such as birthdays, hen dos, and team building days in mind. The operator is now seeking suitable units in Brighton between 1,000 sq ft and 2,000 sq ft in size for workshop and retail space. Ideal sites will be in close proximity to restaurants or other similar activity-oriented businesses. Preferred units will also have nearby parking. The brand’s target demographic is women between the ages of 20 and 60, in areas with a university or college population nearby. In the UK, Paddywax currently operates a site in Bath with one under offer in Edinburgh. The brand is part of US-based Designworks Collective, with its product line featured in American retail stores including Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom. Anna Hansen of Edinburgh-based commercial property consultants Orinsen has been appointed to find suitable locations.
Expanding padel operator looking for the perfect match20th October 2023
A leading Padel operator is on the expansion trail, as it looks to serve up the fast-growing sport to more locations across the UK. Rocket Padel is looking to open in cities with a minimum population of 100,000 people, preferably in areas with good public transport and parking. The operator has a requirement for units no smaller than 20,000 sq ft, with a height clearance of at least 25 ft. Rocket Padel – which claims to be the UK’s leading indoor padel operator – expects to have five trading sites nationwide by the end of 2024. It has previously converted a 55,000 sq ft+ industrial unit in Bristol into a 14-court venue, and opened a pop-up site in Battersea Power Station earlier this year. Rocket Padel has secured an additional site in East London, and has more under offer in the capital. It said it will be opening four venues in the London area between 2023 and 2024. The operator describes itself as having a scalable business with a highly profitable business model. It also has an in-house property and project management team. Caroline Hughes and Matt McCue of Savills have been appointed to find suitable locations.
Independent coffee brand seeks Edinburgh and Manchester cafés19th October 2023
Independent coffee chain Origin is looking to open new cafés in Edinburgh and Manchester, as it aims to become one of the leading coffee roasters in the UK and Europe. Founded in 2004, the operator currently has six retail sites across London and Bristol, as well as a roastery and wholesale business. As well as specialty coffee, the chain also offers food in the form of a pastry-led menu. Origin is now seeking high volume sites in Edinburgh and Manchester with extra first floor or basement space for office and education workspaces. Ideal locations for the chain will be trendy neighbourhoods which replicate its Shoreditch customer profile with a focus on office worker location. Origin is looking for units ranging between 500 sq ft and 1,500 sq ft in size, with enough space for a coffee shop to the front and a training area to the rear. Orinsen’s Anna Hansen has been appointed to find suitable locations for the operator.
Greek cuisine brand targets London expansion18th October 2023
Greek Cuisine brand ERGON is looking to expand its presence in London, with the aim of opening two new restaurant sites within the next six months. ERGON opened its first store in Greece and now owns and franchises delis, restaurants, markets, and hotels across the UK, Belgium, Cyprus, and Qatar. The brand’s mission is to become a global brand for Mediterranean food, deploying an omnichannel strategy through its retail and wholesale divisions. ERGON currently operates two ‘deli + café’ stores in London, on Maddox Street and at Westfield Stratford City. The brand is now looking for sites in its priority locations of Knightsbridge, South Kensington, and Chelsea, with a preference for previously fitted units. Ideal sites will have in excess of 2,000 sq ft of floorspace. Richard Wassell of twentyretail has been appointed to find suitable locations.
KFC hungry for 500 sites13th October 2023
KFC is actively seeking to open 500 new sites, targeting locations all over the UK. The fried chicken restaurant chain is primarily looking to open new drive-through sites – which make up over half of its estate – but has said it will consider other location types. Ideal drive-through restaurants will be between around 1,500 sq ft and 3,120 sq ft in size, with solus units requiring 0.5 acres of total space. KFC will consider smaller drive through locations with a minimum space of 860 sq ft. The chain also operates two-storey drive-through sites, with a footprint of between around 1,500 sq ft and 2,045 sq ft. As well as roadside locations, KFC is looking to open stores on high streets and in transport hubs. Typical high street stores will be no larger than 2,150 sq ft, whilst KFC’s ‘small box’ stores need a minimum of 1,075 sq ft. This store format looks to fit into smaller spaces with a unique design. Ideal locations for ‘small box’ stores are units in high pedestrian areas with a strong transient population. KFC’s travel hubs – with a minimum size of 860 sq ft – are built in grab-and-go locations, with the chain […]
Gelato brand eyes bigger scoop as it targets 40 UK sites10th October 2023
Italian Gelato brand Badiani is actively seeking sites in all areas across London as it looks to hit a long-term target of 40 UK stores. The chain – which currently operates 14 UK stores including 10 in London – is seeking suitable locations in excess of 600 sq ft. Founded in Florence in 1932, Badiani plans to operate 20 stores in the capital, with Oxford and Cambridge priority locations for next year. The chain trades from high street locations, kiosks, and food vans. Its menu includes gelato served in boxes, cups, and cones, as well as cakes, semifreddo, crepes, hot chocolates, and coffees. Richard Wassell of Twentyretail has been appointed to find suitable locations.
Healthtrack Clubs targeting 150 sites by 203028th September 2023
Family-focused health club chain Healthtrack Clubs has announced plans to expand across the UK, setting a target of 150 new sites by 2030. The chain – which currently has five sites in development – has appointed Savills to advise on its plans, targeting business parks, leisure destinations, and retail locations. Healthtrack Club’s existing sites include a mixture of new builds and refits ranging from around 48,440 sq ft to 75,350 sq ft in size. The chain’s flagship sites will span two floors across around 77,500 sq ft, with car parking space for 300 vehicles, as well as outdoor fitness areas, trim trails, zip wires, youth urban sports, and 3G football pitches on the roof. The clubs first two venues in Birmingham and Swindon will each be a £6m refit, and a £14m investment over two phases in 2024 and 2025. A number of experiences leisure entrepreneurs, teachers, coaches, property experts, construction companies, technology innovators, and brand experts have been brought together by the company’s CEO Andy Baker to lead the development of the project. Baker has said he is keen to meet landlords and organisations to discuss opportunities: “The two concepts go hand-in-hand, exercise and leisure are integral and what […]
Aldi unveils priority locations as it targets 1,500 stores28th September 2023
Aldi has revealed its priority locations for new supermarkets as it looks to hit its long-term target of 1,500 stores. The retailer – which opened its 1,000th UK store in Woking earlier in September – is set to invest £1.4bn into its estate over the next two years. The areas which Aldi is prioritising include: The retailer is searching for freehold town-centre, edge-of-centre, and retail park sites suitable for development. Ideal sites will be able to accommodate a 20,000 sq foot store with around 100 parking spaces. Locations near a main road with good visibility and access are preferred. Richard Thornton, communications director at Aldi UK, said: “The areas we’ve identified in our latest list are places where there is demand for stores and we are committed to continue investing until we can bring our quality products and unbeatable prices to as many people as possible.”