Whether you are seeking advice on Retail Agency, Retail Capital Markets, Retail Lease Advisory, Retail Development, or Retail Strategy, look no further. We provide expert consultancy on the sale, acquisition, disposal and valuation of retail space.
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.
Our services include:
- Repurposing retail assets
- Cross-sector agency advice (hotel, student residential, retirement living, mixed use)
- Development appraisal
- Development management
- Forward funding
The Colliers team specialise in leasing and development advice nationally. We focus on driving performance of prime assets through occupier led asset management for a wide range of institutional and private landlords, property companies and developers.
Across the UK, we represent a wide range of leading domestic and international brands including Dixons Carphone, Oliver Bonas, Superdrug, Boux Avenue, Costa, Savers Sweaty Betty, Aldi, Oliver Bonas, Sky/iSmash and Fraser Hart. Our teams also advise on the leasing of both in-town and out-of-town space, which encompasses a variety of shopping environments.
- We are leasing agents for major shopping centre landlords including Aberdeen Standard, Legal & General, NewRiver, Curzon Advisors, Landsec, M & G and Blackrock.
- We are an advisor to all the major institutional owners of High Street retail property including Aviva, M&G, AXA, Hermes and CBREGi.
- We are also easing agents for retail parks including Epping Shopping Park, Ravenside in Erdington and Thurmaston in Leicester.
Our retail agency team is one of the most active and successful agency teams in the UK retail market and we advise on:
- Over 800 retail & leisure deals every year right across the UK
- Over 200 store acquisitions each year for 25 leading retailers
- 6 million sq.ft of shopping centre leasing instructions
Operating across the retail sub-sectors, our 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.
Aberdeen Standard Investments, Land Securities, Aviva, CBRE GI, Sainsbury’s, WM Morrison, and LaSalle Investment Management
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.
- Dedicated Domestic and international Brand Representation including Inditex, Uniqlo, Sweaty Betty, Me & Em, Laderach, Oliver Bonas, Ecco, Headmasters and Dixons Carphone.
London restaurant culture is a global phenomenon and this small but important sector requires the top specialist advisors to provide genuine market insight and top level industry connections.
Our occupier clients know that we will quickly understand their particular businesses needs properly and provide friendly, innovative and well informed solutions, and intelligent opinions drawn on years of experience working with London’s top restaurateurs – large and small. We are often brought in to advise on tricky deals, give an honest opinion that can be trusted, or advise on the best London locations for a business.
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 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
Aberdeen Standard, Aviva, Blackrock, CBREGi, Freshwater, Land Securities, Threadneedle and UBS
We advise institutional owners, property companies, local authorities and private investors, as well as international and domestic retailers. Our clients include Aviva, M&G, L & G, AXA, Hermes and CBREGi.
We work with our clients to deliver innovative solutions, market updates, store rationalisation, disposal planning and implementation and have specialist market knowledge of High Street locations across the country. We utilise key relationships within the industry to deliver solutions to our clients’ needs and demands. Acquisitions, relocations and disposals are a core part of our business. We supply advice on how best to maximise revenues and minimise liabilities.
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 unrivalled 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 Epping Forest Borough Council in site acquisition, development and leasing of a 180,000 sq ft new shopping park.
- 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.
Sainsbury’s, St Modwen, McCarthy & Stone, Langtree, Network Space, Mansfield Borough Council, Bolton Council and Urban & Civic
Our shopping centre team has a long established record of producing innovative asset management advice, through to implementation of leasing in order to maximise income and capital growth.
Shopping centres are a key part of our business and we currently advise on over 20 across the UK, totalling in excess of 6m sq ft. In a challenging market we pride ourselves on delivering forward looking and creative leasing solutions to ensure the best results for our landlord clients.
We are market leading advisors in negotiating and agreeing innovative turnover based leases with a great depth of knowledge of occupier's sales densities - as the retail market moves ever towards turnover based leasing, we are helping clients to navigate this very complex area, which we have an extensive and proven track record of delivering.
Our leasing advice is based on our understanding relationships with retailers across the UK, Europe and worldwide - providing tailored occupier led advice is crucial in this fast changing market.
We currently work with many of the leading shopping centre owners including Aberdeen Standard, Legal & General, NewRiver, Curzon Advisors, Landsec, Invesco, M & G and Blackrock.
We offer a truly integrated consultancy service for out of town property, with our agency, capital markets, development, lease advisory and retail strategy teams working closely together to advise our landlord and occupier clients.
Our services include:
- Acquisitions, disposals and funding
- Site acquisition, development appraisals, agency advice and lettings
- Reviews, third party, pact, asset management and lease renewals
- Research profile modelling, network planning and shopper insight
We represent occupiers at all stages of their evolution, from major occupiers with extensive store portfolios to emerging niche operators.
Talk to us for balanced and tailored advice on planning and implementing store strategies from one off flagship locations through to multiple rollout programs across the UK. We have a long track record of advising occupiers right from the start of their store growth.
We provide wide ranging strategic advice for the management for store portfolios including disposal, relocations, acquisitions and lease regears.
Our existing clients include Aldi, Burger King, Costa, Dixons Carphone, Sky, Oliver Bonas, Sainsburys, Superdrug, Fraser Hart, iSmash & Savers. We have worked with many of these occupiers for more than 10 years, with some for over 20 years, and we focus on providing long term strategic advice.
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
Aviva, Shaftesbury, Grosvenor, Ecco, Oliver Bonas and Jigsaw
A wide-range of topics are covered including an overview of economic factors impacting retailing, market commentary from London and the regions plus proposals for a new retail leasing model.
Co-Head of Retail Agency
London - West End
With over 28 years experience in the retail market, Dan is the Co-Head of the UK Retail Agency team at Colliers.
Dan & the team provide specialist advice on leasing Shopping Centre, High Street & Out of Town property and facilitating large scale repurposing projects all across the UK for leading landlords including Landsec, Hermes, Legal & General, Axa, Aviva, Aberdeen Standard, Invesco and NewRiver.
Dan & the team also advise a large number of leading and emerging retailers, including Dixons Carphone, Oliver Bonas, Fraser Hart Jewellers, Sky, iSmash, Superdrug, Savers, Costa & Boux Avenue on their acquisition and disposal programmes and store portfolio strategies.
The Colliers UK Retail Agency team is one of the most active and successful agency teams in the UK retail market and advises on over 800 retail & leisure deals every year right across the UK.
These deals are well balanced between advising occupiers and landlords – this ensures we have an excellent perspective on both sides of the market.
Dan has regularly commented on the retail market in national media including BBC News, Newsnight, LBC, BBC Radio 4, The FT, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Times, TalkRadio and most property media channels.
Head of Retail Development
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.
Co- Head UK & EMEA Retail
London - West End
Paul Souber is a highly experienced London retail property expert, and has a particular specialism in the luxury sector.
He advises major London landlords – including The Crown Estate, Grosvenor, The Church Commissioners and Shaftesbury Plc – on how their retail holdings in the capital can be enhanced through leasing and placemaking.
His consultancy also involves advising various leading brands on their property strategy and sourcing the stores which best serve their strategic needs.
During a career in which he has advised on the leasing of more than 1.5m sq. ft. of shopping space, Paul has worked with clients including Yves St Laurent, Roksanda Ilincic, Gina Shoes, Balenciaga, Oliver Bonas, Boux Avenue, Sweaty Betty and Headmasters.
He is Head of London Retail Agency and Co Head of the EMEA Retail Team at Colliers International
Director | Head of Central London Restaurants
London - West End
Josh Leon leads the restaurant specialism within the Central London Agency Team. He is a hugely experienced agent, broker and advisor with over 16 years of experience in this niche sector. He advises many of London’s leading developers, estates and fund managers on converting, developing and curating property for Food and Drink use. His familiarity with technical, planning and licensing matters and his ambitious and visionary approach to tenant mix strategy are sought after by developers in the early phases of a project, but his main point of difference is his connectivity - the relationships he has within and around the restaurant business and the direct access he has to a wide range of high profile and successful operators both in London and globally.
Josh advises many of the world’s top restaurateurs on their expansion or disposal options in London and brokers deals on their behalf. He is retained by the Crown Estate to advise on the Food and Drink offer in their flagship mixed use development in St James’s, London.
Head of Retail Strategy
London - West End
Matt leads the Retail Strategy service at Colliers - specialists in data analytics, consumer insight and real estate strategy. Matt delivers bespoke consultancy solutions for landlords, investors and retail and leisure operators across the UK and EMEA regions.
With over a decade of analytics expertise, working at some of the UK’s best known retailers, Matt has a deep understanding of big data analytics & strategy in the Retail sector. Frequently utilising unique data sets and modelling techniques, supporting the delivery of innovative research into occupier affordability and shopper behaviour analytics.
The latest innovation follows a partnership with a tech start-up, to launch a location Insights Platform that is unique to Colliers. The team now harness mobile data from over 80 sources to provide shopper profile & behavioural data anywhere, anytime.
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.
Head of Retail Capital Markets
London - West End
Tom is currently Head of Retail Capital Markets and co-head of the UK Retail Group at Colliers International.
During Tom's 20 year career he has specialised in the Retail sector, ranging from High Street, Shopping Centre, Retail Parks and Supermarkets. He has helped some of the UK largest Investment companies formulate strategy on the acquisition or disposal of commercial property.
In addition Tom is considered one of the UK's only Supermarket specialists giving a broad range advice to both occupiers, developers and investors.