Co-op set to open seven new stores in London this November

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is ramping up its investment in London this November, as it prepares to open a total of seven new stores in just two weeks.

The £4.8 million investment forms part of the retailer’s 2017 store expansion plan and is set to create around 100 jobs in the Greater London area.

The new stores, which will all have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials are: Pollard’s Hill, Mitcham which will launch on 16 November, Haydons Road, Wimbledon, New Kings Road, Fulham and Upminster Road in Upminster on 23 November and South Lambeth Road, Latimer Road Station and Alderbrook Road, Wandsworth, all opening their doors on 30 November.

A variety of local community groups are also set to get a funding boost through the Co-op’s new Membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.

Charities and groups set to benefit from the launch of the new stores include Mitcham’s Action on Elder Abuse, Friends of West Wimbledon Primary School, Wimbledon Pregnancy Resource Centre, iDebate, a Fulham-based enterprise which aims to educate young people in the art of debating and the St. Cuthbert’s Centre in Earls Court.

Peter Batt, Co-op’s divisional managing director, said:

“It’s an incredibly exciting time for the Co-op in London as we gear up to launch seven brand new stores in just two weeks. As well as being hubs for the local community, our stores are committed to providing a consistently brilliant in-store experience, allowing customers living in busy urban areas to get what they want, when they want.

“We’re very proud of how much we’ve achieved so far in 2017 and our membership message really seems to be striking a chord with shoppers. We now have over 330,000 members in the capital who together have helped us to raise almost £3m for 1,000 good causes since we launched our new membership scheme last September. Just by swiping a membership card, people can make a real difference to local life and become a co-owner of their local Co-op.

“Our new store launches, together with our ever growing range of locally-sourced produce and increasing member numbers put us in a strong position as we look towards further expansion in 2018.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the new stores to mark their launch. And, students in Greater London holding an NUS card will also receive a 10% discount off their groceries.

Last month, the Co-op was crowned Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting:

Investment per store:
• 16 November – Pollard’s Hill, Mitcham: £1.1m
• 23 November – Haydons Road, Wimbledon: £646,000
• 23 November – New Kings Road, Fulham: £611,000
• 23 November – Upminster Road, Upminster: £624,000
• 30 November – South Lambeth Road, £618,000
• 30 November – Latimer Road Station: £663,000
• 30 November – Alderbrook Road, Wandsworth: £622,000


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Newegg Seller Day to be held on June 15, London

Newegg to Host Day-long Event for European E-commerce Companies Interested in Selling Cross-border into North America and Beyond

Los Angeles, CA, 2017-May-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Newegg, the leading tech-focused e-retailer in North America and a growing force in global e-commerce, today unveiled details of its forthcoming Newegg Seller Day (June 15 from 10 am until 6 pm at The Crystal, One Siemens Brothers Way, Royal Victoria Docks, London, E16 1GB). Newegg will welcome aspiring and seasoned e-commerce sellers to this day-long event to equip them with the knowledge and tools necessary to take their businesses to the North American market and beyond. The event coincides with London Tech Week, which is expected to draw 40,000 attendees from 70+ countries.

“London Tech Week gives us the perfect platform to reach a diverse cross-section of e-commerce sellers from around the world,” said Danny Lee, CEO of Newegg. “Newegg Seller Day is a great opportunity for these businesses to embrace the concept of selling to customers in other parts of the world, and Newegg is the ideal partner to help them cross borders and expand their customer base.”

Newegg’s online retail platform has helped thousands of sellers expand their businesses into North America and other key markets. Newegg Seller Day is a free networking event for e-commerce sellers to learn about current cross-border and exporting opportunities, as well as trends driving the global e-commerce market. More than 200 UK/EU retailers and other brands are expected to attend.

Newegg Seller Day will feature a panel discussion at 3:25 pm, Cross-border eCommerce Opportunities for UK Companies Looking to Maximize International Channels. Moderated by World First, the panel will feature e-commerce experts sharing their experience and perspectives on cross-border e-commerce, offering a multi-faceted view into one of the most dynamic aspects of global e-commerce.

Retailers interested in attending Newegg Seller Day can learn more and register by visiting Like Newegg on Facebookand follow Newegg on Twitter to stay up to date on the company’s latest news.

About Newegg Inc.
Newegg Inc. is the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States. It owns and operates ( which was founded in 2001 and regularly earns industry-leading customer service ratings. The award-winning website has more than 28 million registered users and offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest consumer electronics products, detailed product descriptions and images, as well as how-to information and customer reviews. Using the site’s online tech community, customers have the opportunity to interact with other computer, gaming and consumer electronics enthusiasts. Newegg Inc. is headquartered in City of Industry, California. The Newegg Hybrid Centers are located in City of Industry, CA and Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Source: Newegg Inc.

Ellie Goulding Presents Shoe Collaboration with DEICHMANN in London

ESSEN/LONDON, 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Europe’s biggest shoe retailer, DEICHMANN, and British singer Ellie Goulding invited guests to London last night for the exclusive presentation of their first joint shoe collection. In the trendy MC Motors venue, a selected group of international journalists, bloggers and VIPs were shown the new “Ellie Goulding for DEICHMANN” collection in a fashion show, and were also able to take part in a live acoustic performance by the star singer-songwriter.

“For me, shoes are an indication of what mood you are in. Launching a collection of my own gives me the opportunity to express my style. My collection includes shoes for any occasion – I really can’t decide if I like wearing heels or flats better – I am constantly changing it up “, says Ellie Goulding, who stormed the charts with songs like ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and ‘Burn’ and has been one of the decade’s most successful female British solo artists ever since. Together with DEICHMANN, she celebrated the launch of the collection in her home city of London yesterday evening, the day before the collection goes on sale.

The guests, who entered the venue along a green carpet rather than a red one, included journalists and influencers from all over Europe, along with VIPs such as Let’s Dance presenter Sylvie Meis and Instagram queen Pamela Reif, who have both also developed their own shoe collections with DEICHMANN. Even the British Royal Family was represented at the event, in the person of the 21-year-old Lady Amelia Windsor. Lilly Becker, wife of Boris Becker, and Austrian actress and presenter Mirjam Weichselbraun were delighted to attend the premiere in their hometown London. Other guests included the German presenter Debbie Schippers, German sports- and showstars Magdalena Brzeska and her daughter Noemi Peschel, British actors Stephanie Davis and Jennifer Metcalfe, Spanish actress Dafne Fernandez, Swedish singer Peg Parnevik and Danish actress Julie Zangenberg.

The evening also celebrated the premiere of the TV spot for the campaign, created by star director Emil Nava and presented to the public for the first time yesterday.

Heels, ethnic sandals, wedges, sneakers, espadrilles or mules – the “Ellie Goulding for DEICHMANN” collection is defined by the motto “Rock your Look”. Bright colours, extravagant cuts, individual finishes and rock star studs give the styles that extra something special. The “Ellie Goulding for DEICHMANN” collection is available now in stores and online at The styles cost between €19.90 and €34.90.

The collection is being sold in DEICHMANN Group stores and online in 21 European countries.

DEICHMANN SE, which has its headquarters in Essen, Germany, was founded in 1913 and is still 100% owned by the founding family. The company is a market leader in the European retail shoe trade and employs over 37,300 people worldwide. Branches are operated under the name of DEICHMANN in Germany, Austria, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom. In addition, the Group is represented in Switzerland (Dosenbach/Ochsner/Ochsner Sport), the Netherlands (vanHaren) and the USA (Rack Room Shoes/Off Broadway). In Germany, Roland SE is also part of the corporate group. The company is represented in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with MyShoes SE.

Company Contact:


Corporate Communications
Ulrich Effing
Tel.: +49 (0) 201 8676 960

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Melanie Oosterhof
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 961 602 013

Source: DEICHMANN Group

Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew makes its debut in London; with plans to roll out to up to 100 more stores in UK this summer

  • UK is first market in Europe to launch Nitro Cold Brew at the Starbucks Reserve Bar in London’s Covent Garden
  • Up to 100 further stores to roll out Nitro Cold Brew this summer

London, 2017-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks has introduced Nitro Cold Brew on tap at its first location in the UK in London, with plans to roll out to up to 100 more stores around the country this summer. The launch of Nitro Cold Brew in the UK follows a successful nationwide launch of Starbucks Cold Brew in 2015.

Nitro Cold Brew takes the existing Starbucks Cold Brew recipe and infuses it with nitrogen to unlock the super-smooth, natural sweetness of the coffee, which then cascades from the tap with a velvety and creamy texture that customers can see and taste. It is deliciously cold and served unsweetened, without ice, to highlight the flavor the cold-brewing process brings out in the coffee.

The arrival of Nitro Cold Brew marks Starbucks next chapter of cold coffee innovation in Europe by offering customers a wider choice.

“This is an entirely different kind of cold coffee experience – one we think will revolutionize the category and the way our customers think about our cold coffee menu,” said Maria Sebastian, senior vice president Brand, Starbucks EMEA. “London is one of the most competitive coffee markets and so we’re delighted to bring this to our customers here first, with plans to bring it to more stores around the country this summer. We have an exciting year planned, bringing our expertise in hot coffee to cold, and demonstrating our investments in coffee-forward product innovations combined with the passion of our skilled baristas.”

Media Contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100

Source: Starbucks

Intershop to host an omni-channel commerce roundtable discussion at the eDelivery Conference, 11 October 2016, London

London, UK, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop will sponsor an omni-channel commerce roundtable discussion at the eDelivery Conference, held on 11 October 2016 at the Novotel West, London. Chaired by Intershop’s order management expert and enterprise architect Nils Breitmann, the interactive roundtable will ask why order management is the key to a seamless online and offline customer experience, and discuss the challenges, solutions, and visions of an integrated omni-channel commerce strategy.

As retailers rush to embrace omni-channel retailing to meet the ever-increasing demands of today’s savvy, always connected shoppers, they are faced with new layers of operational challenges, including the management of increasingly complex order flows. To overcome these challenges, it is essential to build a solid commerce backend, starting with a centralized omni-channel Order Management System to orchestrate omni-channel commerce processes and enable the smooth customer experience that today’s shoppers expect.

The eDelivery Conference is a pan-European event for fulfillment professionals that focuses on practical approaches to delivering the right product to the right customer at the right time, and at the same time increasing operational efficiency and profitability per order while boosting responsiveness and services. The roundtable discussions will bring together the brightest minds of the industry to share successes and challenge conventional thinking. Intershop’s roundtable will run alongside roundtables chaired by Ocado, John Lewis, M&S, and Sky. For more information, visit

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.


Intershop Public Relations
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop

SM Supermalls wins Brand of the Year Award, National Tier 2016-2017 at the World Branding Awards ceremonies in London

SM Supermalls wins Brand of the Year Award, National Tier 2016-2017 at the World Branding Awards ceremonies in London
SM Supermalls wins Brand of the Year Award, National Tier 2016-2017 at the World Branding Awards ceremonies in London


Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Another Filipino brand has made it to the global stage. This year, SM Supermalls was given the prestigious Brand of the Year Award under the National Tier 2016-2017, during the World Branding Awards ceremonies held in an exclusive black tie gala dinner at the iconic Kensington Palace in London.

The award, given by The World Branding Forum, was the only one conferred to a local brand from the Philippines in the Shopping Mall category.

Aside from SM, other winning brands include ICBC (China), Bang & Olufsen (Denmark), Hermes (Frances), Nivea (Germany), Chow Tai Food (Hong Kong), Prada (Italy), Sukiya (Japan), Safaricom (Kenya), Maybank (Malaysia), Dulux (Netherlands), Sagres (Portugal), QNB (Qatar), Sberbank (Russia), Raffles Education (Singapore), Amore Pacific (South Korea), Santander (Spain), Zurich(Switzerland), Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), King Power (Thailand), Dubai Duty Free (UAE), and Prudential (UK), among others.

SM’s SVP for Operations Steven Tan was present during the ceremony to receive the award.

“We are proud to be recognized in the global stage,” Tan said during his acceptance speech. “SM is a brand that reflects the Filipino people’s indomitable spirit of excellence. We resonate because we celebrate people’s hopes and aspirations, and we bring these a step closer to reality. Through our malls, we strive to create memorable destinations that broaden our shoppers’ experiences, and allow them to participate in a greater, global world.”

World Branding Forum Global Chairman Richard Rowles emphasized that the objectives of the Forum “are to advance the standards, skills and education of the branding community for the good of the industry and consumers.”

“The Awards celebrates the achievements of some of the greatest brands around the globe. With 70 percent of the scoring process coming from consumer votes, winning brands have managed to build a good trust score with their consumers,” said Richard Rowles, Chairman of the World Branding Forum.

The selection of winners is determined through brand valuation (30%), public online voting (30%), and consumer market research (40%). The latter was conducted through one-on-one phone interviews in each country. SM Supermalls came out as the most exceptional brand in the Philippines to merit the recognition under the National Tier – Shopping Mall category, affirming the brand’s position as a household name in the country.

World Branding Forum Chief Executive Peter Pek emphasized on brands’ ability to provide customers with memorable experiences more than just good products and services.

“The quality of brands competing for the awards is very high.  Winners set the standards of what brands need to be in order to win,” Pek added.

The World Branding Forum (WBF) is a global, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing branding standards for the good of the branding community as well as consumers. Its premier recognition program, has so far recognized some of the world’s largest and best-known brands such as Apple (US), British Airways (UK), Louis Vuitton (France), and Mercedez-Benz (Germany).

The World Branding Awards is the premier awards of the World Branding Forum. It recognizes the achievements of some of the best brands in the world.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

Source: SM Investments Corporation


Tesco stores across London to open 24hrs in line with new Night Tube schedule

Tesco stores across London to open 24hrs in line with new Night Tube schedule
Tesco stores across London to open 24hrs in line with new Night Tube schedule


CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — A number of Tesco stores across London will open 24 hrs in line with the new Night Tube schedule in a bid to increase convenience for late night and early morning travelers.

From Friday 19 August Tesco will trial opening seven additional stores for 24 hrs on Friday and Saturdays along the Victoria and Central lines.

Martin Smith, Tesco’s London Convenience Director, said:

“London is such a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and visit and the Night Tube provides people with a great way to experience the city at a time that suits them best.

“At Tesco we’re always looking for new ways to serve London’s customers whenever it is most convenient to them.  That’s why we’re delighted to announce these new opening hours at select store, helping to make life easier for those either working late or enjoying London’s nightlife.”

To mark the launch of these extended hours, Tesco will  set up ‘Hydration Stations’ at the front of stores running from 3 am-7 am on 19 and 20 August.

Colleagues at the stores will be handing out Tesco’s Finest* freshly squeezed orange juice and cold bottled water, rewarding night workers benefiting from the new 24 hr service and helping refresh party goers heading home after a night out.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701 

Source: Tesco


Foyles: “Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot” book wins Branford Boase Award at a ceremony at Walker Books in London

London, 2016-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year’s Branford Boase Award has been won by Horatio Clare and his editor Penny Thomas, for Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot. Julia Eccleshare, Chair of the judges, praised the book as ‘beautifully written and highly original’.

On winning the award Horatio Clare said: ‘This is the book I am most proud of: it was written with heart and soul about something painful and important, but meant to read as a joy and an adventure.’

Penny Thomas said, ‘I’m overjoyed for Horatio and for Firefly that the Branford Boase judges loved Aubrey too. It means an enormous amount to all of us at Firefly to win this unique award.’ Firefly Press is an independent children’s publisher, based in Cardiff and Aberystwyth.

The winners were announced last Thursday, 7 July, at a ceremony at Walker Books in London, where Chris Riddell presented the prizes. Horatio Clare was awarded a cheque for £1,000 and both Horatio and Penny Thomas received a unique, hand-crafted silver-inlaid box.

Please contact our James Douglas at our PR agency Four Colman Getty for media enquiries concerning Foyles:

+44 (0) 20 3697 4267


Foyles: "Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot" book wins Branford Boase Award at a ceremony at Walker Books in London
Foyles: “Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot” book wins Branford Boase Award at a ceremony at Walker Books in London

Source: Foyles


British Land to sell seven storey building at 334-348 Oxford Street, London to a private investor for £400 million

LONDON, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land announces that it has exchanged contracts for the sale of 334-348 Oxford Street, London to a private investor for £400 million.

The asset is a seven storey building located near Bond Street Underground Station in London’s core West End shopping district. The building is let in its entirety to Debenhams until 2039.

In addition, British Land has exchanged on £99 million of further Retail disposals since 31 March 2016, including £79 million of superstores, 3.1% ahead of March valuations. These transactions bring total Retail disposals since the year end to £499 million.

Since the EU Referendum, British Land has exchanged 11 long term Retail leases totalling 50,000 sq ft and £2.1 million of rent on terms agreed prior to the Referendum. The leases are spread across our Regional and Local portfolios to a range of occupiers including Yo! Sushi, Nando’s, River Island, Pret A Manger, Byron and Waterstones. In aggregate these lettings are 4.7% ahead of March 2016 ERVs. A further 210,000 sq ft of Retail lettings are under offer

Chris Grigg, Chief Executive said:
“The disposal of Debenhams on Oxford Street reflects our strategic focus on multi-let assets within the Retail portfolio. British Land has entered this period of post-referendum uncertainty in a robust position. We have a strong, resilient business with a clear strategy. We have a modern portfolio which is well suited to current and future customer needs. The portfolio is 99% occupied with a wide range of quality occupiers on long leases. Our finances are strong with an LTV of 29.7%, proforma for exchanged disposals, and the group has no refinancing requirement for over four years. Our speculative development commitments are low at 4% of the portfolio and we have considerable flexibility in our development pipeline.”

British Land will announce its Q1 trading update on the 18 July 2016.

This release contains certain “forward-looking” statements reflecting, among other things, current views on our markets, activities and prospects. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances that may or may not occur and which may be beyond British Land’s ability to control or predict (such as changing political, economic or market circumstances).  Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from any outcomes or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of British Land speak only as of the date they are made and no representation or warranty is given in relation to them, including as to their completeness or accuracy or the basis on which they were prepared.  Except to the extent required by law, British Land does not undertake to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect any changes in British Land’s expectations with regard thereto or any changes in information, events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.Forward-Looking Statements

Notes to Editors:

About British Land – all figures as at last valuation date of 31 March 2016
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed, of £20.0 billion (of which British Land share is £14.6 billion) as valued at 31 March 2016. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to finance these places effectively.

Retail assets account for 50% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising over 20 million sq ft of retail space across multi-lets, superstores, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 48% of our portfolio, is focused on London.  We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 7.5 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier City office campus (50% share).

The remaining 2% of our portfolio is at Canada Water where we have a 46 acre redevelopment opportunity in our medium term pipeline.

Our industry-leading sustainability strategy is a powerful tool to deliver lasting value for all our stakeholders. By supporting communities, improving environments and growing economies, we create Places People Prefer and enhance long term returns.

In April 2016 British Land received the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday honours. The Award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success and is given to companies which bring major economic, social and environmental benefits through their own business success.  It was awarded to British Land for continuous achievement in all these areas over the last five years.

For Information Contact
Investor Relations
Jonathan Rae, British Land 020 7467 2938
Pip Wood, British Land 020 7467 2838
Gordon Simpson, Finsbury 020 7251 3801
Guy Lamming, Finsbury

Source: British Land

MANGO opens new megastore at London’s popular Victoria Street

The brand now has 69 retail outlets in the United Kingdom with this new 1,000 m2 store  

Barcelona, 2015-10-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO is consolidating its presence in the United Kingdom with the opening of a new store. London is the location for the store, which has a surface area of almost 1,000 m2 distributed on two floors.

The premises, located in London’s popular Victoria Street, stocks two of the brand’s lines (MANGO and MANGO Kids) and represents the 69th MANGO retail outlet since it arrived in the capital in 1999.

As well as London, other English cities such as Manchester and Birmingham already have a megastore, bringing to 4 the total number of megastores in the country.

MANGO opened its first store on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia in 1984, and now has over 2,700 stores in 108 countries. MANGO closed the 2014 financial year with a Consolidated Group turnover for the MANGO-MNG Holding of 2.017 billion euros, representing a 9% increase on 2013, and an EBITDA of 223 million euros.

T. +34 938 602 222


MANGO opens new megastore at London’s popular Victoria Street

MANGO store – Victoria

Sainsbury’s: Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu and world junior champion Dina Asher-Smith tested the “perfect meal for an athlete” in london

Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu and world junior champion Dina Asher-Smith today taste tested the “perfect meal for an athlete” according to performance nutrition experts.

LONDON, 2015-2-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The dish, an 8oz New York strip sirloin steak served with sweet potato mash, kale, samphire, mange tout and broccoli, was served by London chef and former Olympian Francis Agyepong at Christopher’s restaurant in Covent Garden.

Francis competed in the Triple Jump for Great Britain at the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics, and has since developed his career as a head chef in London’s West End.

He has worked with Sainsbury’s and British Athletics’ performance nutritionist Joseph Agu to create a perfect menu for Christine and Dina, as they prepare for the 2015 athletics season, which will see Christine bid to retain her world 400m title in Beijing, where she won Olympic gold in 2008.

Joseph Agu said: “This is the perfect meal for an athlete, with the right balance of protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals. Steak is high in protein, which is excellent for muscle recovery and also in iron stores which helps reduce fatigue. It’s an ideal meat for athletes to consume during their training programme.

“Sweet potato is an excellent carbohydrate source so it contributes to the recovery of normal muscle function after hard training. The green veg provides vitamins A & C which support the immune system to function normally, which is hampered with hard training.”

Dina Asher-Smith, who was crowned British 60m champion at the Sainsbury’s Indoor British Championships last weekend and will compete at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday, said: “As a young athlete I’m always looking for ways to improve my performance, so good nutrition is key. Ahead of a big event like the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix it’s important to eat properly, and as the experts have identified, this dish is perfect for an athlete.”

Christine Ohuruogu said: “Nutrition is a very important part of athletics, and it’s great that Francis and Joseph have identified a dish which will help our training, but also taste great. Healthy eating is a big part of my life, so I’m really pleased to see Sainsbury’s using their sponsorship of athletics to inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle.”

Francis Agyepong said: “At Christopher’s we are always trying to be at the fore front of culinary awareness in terms of ingredients, traceability, style and nutrition. If you peruse our menus you will see many elements of ‘superfoods’ incorporated into our dishes; from quinoa and seeds, to beets, kale and black rice.

“In creating this ultimate athlete menu, I have focused on nutrition first and foremost – the dish is ideal for energy, recovery and tissue rebuilding. The quality of ingredients used and the resulting taste also has a positive effect on the mind and general wellbeing.

“Food and nutrition is a big part of everyone’s lives but to an athlete it can mean the difference between having a short or long sustained career.  The body has the ability to self-repair if the food you are putting in it is of premium quality – that is why our menu at Christopher’s is very balanced.”

The Ultimate Athletes Lunch Recipe – Christopher’s, Covent Garden

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1x 230g sirloin steak
  • Mixed greens: Samphire, Kale, tender stem broccoli, calvolo nero, peas
  • 1 x medium size sweet potato
  • 90ml agave syrup (or maple syrup)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Pre-heat oven to 180°C (fan oven)
  • Place sweet potato in oven for approximately 25 mins
  • While potato is cooking season the steak with salt and cracked black pepper, drizzle a little olive or sunflower to coat the steak
  • Once potato is cooked, cut out the flesh and mash until smooth, adding 90ml agave syrup, then cover
  • Place steak on a hot grill or into a hot frying pan and cook for 3mins on each side (remove from the heat and allow to rest for 4-mins)
  • Meanwhile drop your vegetables into medium size pot of salted boiling water for approx. 40 seconds, drain the vegetables off before pouring into moderate hot pan with 10 ml of coconut oil toss two or three times before finishing with some chopped tarragon, mint and parsley
  • Serve immediately


Francis Agyepong, Christopher’s, Covent Garden.


Sainsbury’s: Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu and world junior champion Dina Asher-Smith  tested the "perfect meal for an athlete" in london

Sainsbury’s: Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu and world junior champion Dina Asher-Smith tested the “perfect meal for an athlete” in london

CBRE Research’s survey: London’s West End remained the world’s highest-priced office market but Asia continued to dominate the world’s most expensive office locations

Three of Five Priciest Markets are in Asia; Five of 10 Fastest Growing Occupancy Cost Markets are in U.S.

Los Angeles, 2014-12-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — London’s West End remained the world’s highest-priced office market but Asia continued to dominate the world’s most expensive office locations, accounting for three of the top five markets, according to CBRE Research’s semi-annual Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey. The study also found that prime rents are rising fastest in the Americas, where real estate fundamentals continue to improve. Overall, the U.S. accounted for five of the 10 markets with the fastest growing prime occupancy costs. These markets were Seattle (Suburban), San Francisco (Peninsula), Boston (Suburban), San Francisco (Downtown) and Seattle (Downtown).

London West End’s overall prime occupancy costs of US$274 per sq. ft. per year topped the “most expensive” list. Hong Kong (Central) followed with total prime occupancy costs of US$251 per sq. ft., Beijing (Finance Street) (US$198 per sq. ft.), Beijing (Central Business District (CBD)) (US$189 per sq. ft.) and Moscow (US$165 per sq. ft.) rounded out the top five.

The change in prime office occupancy costs mirrored the gradual, multi-speed recovery of the global economy. Global prime office occupancy costs rose 2.5 percent year-over-year, led by the Americas (up 4.1 percent) and Asia Pacific (up 2.8 percent). Meanwhile, EMEA was essentially flat, edging up 0.3 percent year-over-year.

“We expect the gradual recovery of the global economy to continue, leading to better hiring rates and further reduction in the availability of space across most markets over the near term,” said Richard Barkham, Global Chief Economist, CBRE. “In this environment, we expect occupancy costs to continue rising from current levels, further limiting options for occupiers. Technology, quality and flexibility are expected to increasingly come into consideration in space use and location decisions, as occupiers will seek to contain costs and improve productivity.”

CBRE tracks occupancy costs for prime office space in 126 markets around the globe. Of the top 50 “most expensive” markets, 20 were in EMEA, 20 were in Asia Pacific and 10 were in the Americas.

Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA)
The Eurozone’s tepid economic recovery has held back occupier activity, resulting in static prime occupancy costs in most core European markets. The region’s 0.3 percent year-over-year increase in prime occupancy costs was primarily driven by buoyant conditions in U.K. cities, most Nordic markets, and the strong recovery of the Dublin office market. The main decreases have been in central European markets, such as Warsaw (down 1.6 percent), where the economies are relatively healthy but new supply has driven down rents. In only a few markets, notably Dublin (up 34.9 percent) and London, a robust recovery in occupier demand coincided with a lack of new supply.

In addition to London West End, other markets from the region on the global top 10 list were Moscow (US$165 per sq. ft.) and London City (US$153 per sq. ft.).

Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific had 20 markets ranked in the top 50 most expensive, including seven of the top 10—Hong Kong (Central), Beijing (Finance Street), Beijing (CBD), New Delhi (Connaught Place – CBD), Hong Kong (West Kowloon), Tokyo (Marunouchi Otemachi) and Shanghai (Pudong). Occupier activity in the region was largely driven by domestic corporations and companies in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Half the markets saw costs increase above 1 percent.

Hong Kong (Central) remained the only market in the world—other than London’s West End—with a prime occupancy cost exceeding $200 per sq. ft.

The most expensive market in the global ranking from the Pacific Region was Sydney (US$99 per sq. ft.), in 19th place.

In the U.S., where the economic recovery has firmly taken hold, strong leasing activity led to the highest level of quarterly net absorption since 2007, driving above-inflation increases in prime occupancy costs across all but one major U.S. market. Additionally, increasingly broad-based rising hiring rates have boosted demand for office space.

Eight North American markets recorded double-digit increases in prime occupancy costs in Q3 2014, and the top six growth markets in the Americas were all U.S. cities.

New York Midtown, the 11th most expensive market in the world, remained the most expensive Americas market, with a prime office occupancy cost of US$121 per sq. ft.

Rio de Janeiro remained the most expensive market in Latin America, posting an office occupancy cost of US$101 per sq. ft. and ranking as the 18th most expensive market globally.

Top 10 Most Expensive Markets
(In US$ per sq. ft. per annum)

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Largest Annual Changes Occupancy Costs
(In local currency and measure)

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Note: The full Top 50 Most Expensive Markets chart is located at the end of this press release.


  1. The Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs report is a survey of office occupancy costs for prime office space in 126 cities worldwide.
  2. The latest survey provides data on office rents and occupancy costs as of September 30, 2014.
  3. The Largest Annual Changes rankings are based upon occupancy costs in local currency and measure. The Most Expensive ranking is based upon occupancy costs in US$ per sq. ft. per annum.
  4. The figures given in this release refer to occupancy cost. This represents rent, plus local taxes and service charges. The occupation cost figures have also been adjusted to reflect different measurement practices from market to market.
  5. Due to methodology changes, comparisons with figures in previously released reports are not valid.
  6. To obtain a full copy of the report or to arrange to speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Robert McGrath ( or Corey Mirman (

Top 50 Most Expensive Office Markets
(In US$ per sq. ft. per annum)

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