Etienne van Unen
Partner | Director Food & Beverage | Co Head EMEA Retail
I am a specialist in the world where Food & Beverage and Retail cross paths. Partly due to my role as Head EMEA Retail, I am internationally and nationally oriented in all trends and developments and I am able to translate these into real estate issues.
I have been with the Colliers family since 2013. I laid the foundation for the Retail department. In 2018 I was asked to do the same for the new Food & Beverage department. With this I have shown to be innovative and innovative and to have entrepreneurship at heart.
Since 2018 I have also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF). Together with my role as Head EMEA Retail, the combination of these two platforms is a unique tool to serve our customers well with creative "out of the box" solutions and to always be at the forefront of innovative concepts.
Number 1 award Maxis Muiden Dutch Council of Real Estate
Number 1 broker Retail 2012 PropertyNL 88.000 sqm2
Number 1 broker Retail 2013 PropertyNL 84.000 sqm2
2015 Colliers Innovator Referral Award
2018 Co Founder "The Food Department", Shopping Center Magna Plaza Amsterdam
Also worked at: Gommers Consultants, CBRE (Shopping Center Management), Kompaan Vastgoed, WPM, Corio/Klepierre.
Magna Plaza Shopping Mall - Amsterdam
Food hall in Magna Plaza Amsterdam shopping center The Food Department is located on the second floor of Magna Plaza on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam.
A food hall with more than 15 stands, 3 bars and a coffee corner.
The food hall in Magna Plaza is open seven days a week, from ten to ten. It concerns a project of 1100 square meters.
Magna Plaza is located in the city's former main post office.
ust as irresistible are the dishes and drinks that will be served on the second floor of the Magna Plaza from the beginning of 2019. With about 15+ food stands, 3 bars and a coffee corner, The Food Department often brings Amsterdam flavor makers to a forgotten department store. "
Commercial Economy Foundation
Faculty of Law Tenancy
Senior General Secondary School
Memberships & Involvements
Advisorty Board Global Restaurant Investment Forum GRIF
Albron (licenses of: Starbucks, AH TO GO, Coffee Company, Anne & Max, Le Perron, Friet Affaire, Strada, Green House)
Restaurant Company Eurpe RCE (Loetje en De Buut)
Big Mama Groupe
Director Food & Beverage
From 2006 to 2016 I worked for the HEINEKEN Brewery throughout the Netherlands as Property and Asset Manager. In this role I was responsible for the leased and owned real estate of HEINEKEN. Main activities were a.o.; tenant and landlord representation, stakeholder management, negotiating lease and sale contracts, strategic acquisition of new properties (to lease or buy), strategic disposition of leased/ owned properties, managing lease and sale process and negotiating exit lease deals.
From 2016 to 2019 I worked for Starbucks Coffee Company as Business Development Manager Channel Licensing for the EMEA region. In this role I was a.o. responsible for development of Starbucks stores in the Travel (e.g. airports, roadsides and train stations) and Outlet shopping Centre Channel in cooperation with existing/ new licensees. Other activities we’re a.o.; onboarding new licensees, development of new markets for the Travel and Outlet Shopping Channel in EMEA, negotiating new Master Licensing agreements, market mapping, stores opening as planned and meeting sales estimations.
In October 2019 I joined Colliers. Since January 2022 I'm responsible for the F&B team. In this role I'm responsible for the F&B department of Colliers and furhter expand our business in the Netherlands and abroad.
My specialties lies a.o.; wide understanding of the F&B (brands and concepts) and Real Estate business as a whole, understanding of F&B entrepreneurs/ brands and what information they need to decide how to grow their business and where, experinced in partnerships, franchising and licensing, understanding of level playing field on behalf of the entrepreneur/ brand AND landlord/ developer, how to represent a F&B entrepreneur/ brand and their needs (e.g. how should the ideal location look like and where it should be located), how to represent the landlord/ developer and share best practise (how to build/ brand a shopping centre/ street and use F&B as a tool to elevate the experience).