Boots has been ranked as the “leading” shopping centre tenant in a new report based on numbers of stores in quality schemes.

The health and beauty retailer operates 278 units in the UK’s top 500 schemes and replaced Clinton Cards in the top spot, which collapsed earlier this year, before being bought by supplier American Greetings. The greetings card chain has slumped to 17th position.

Struggling games retailer Game, which also collapsed this year before being bought by OpCapita, has also dropped out of the top 10. Card Factory and Phones 4 U are new entrants in the top 10.

Trevor Wood Associates’ Going Shopping – The Definitive Guide to Shopping Centres ranked Westfield Stratford as the most attractive shopping centre for shoppers, based on factors including their size, tenants and weekly footfall.

Westfield London was deemed the second best overall and the Metrocentre in Gateshead third. Bluewater and Meadowhall were fourth and fifth respectively.

Retailers featured in more than 60% of the top 100 schemes include Boots, Card Factory, Claire’s Accessories, Clarks, Clinton Cards, Ernest Jones, Game, H Samuel, H & M, HMV, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, New Look, Next, River Island, Superdrug, The Body Shop, The Carphone Warehouse, The Perfume Shop, Thorntons, Vision Express and WH Smith.

The research found that the depressed economy has hit the development pipeline, and is at its lowest level since the research was first published in 1998. The report found “just 87” proposed new schemes or major extensions to existing schemes that are thought likely to proceed before the end of 2018.

Jones Lang LaSalle was named the best managing agent and Cushman & Wakefield the best letting agent.

Top retailers

2013 Rank2011 Rank2008 Rank Fascia2013 Points2011 PointsUnits
222Claire’s Accessories718,946749,665255
444New Look678,700693,017269
556The Carphone Warehouse657,448662,359222
61127Costa Coffee636,230552,054219
82128Card Factory608,039488,304260
9139Phones 4 U590,308544,757205


Top shopping centres

2013 Rank2011 Rank2008 Rank SchemeLocationPoints2011 PointsGIA
1******Westfield Stratford CityLondon - Stratford7,936***1,900,000
23***Westfield LondonLondon - Shepherds Bush7,6157,5991,610,000
412BluewaterDartford - Greenhithe7,5067,6631,610,000
654The Trafford CentreManchester - Trafford6,9226,9921,650,000
765Lakeside Shopping CentreGrays - Thurrock6,6446,8261,434,000
876Westfield Merry HillBrierley Hill6,2826,4661,088,066
987Manchester ArndaleManchester5,9976,0211,400,000
101070St David’sCardiff5,7435,6281,394,500
1198the centre:mkMilton Keynes5,5685,8701,350,000
121110Westfield DerbyDerby5,3455,6001,140,000
131319Eldon Square Shopping CentreNewcastle-upon-Tyne5,3085,3541,350,000
15129East Kilbride Shopping CentreEast Kilbride5,2095,3921,190,000
161579Liverpool OneLiverpool5,0525,0521,420,000
171632The CentreLivingston4,9524,9661,050,000
181717Highcross LeicesterLeicester4,8454,8881,217,950
191812The Telford Shopping CentreTelford4,6864,6911,025,000
202328Canary WharfLondon - Docklands4,6594,580700,000