Hammerson eyes leisure and co-working space as future anchors

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Hammerson is looking to leisure concepts, contemporary fashion brands and co-working space as future anchors for its flagship schemes, as it continues to alter its tenant mix away from retail.

Managing director of UK and Ireland at the institutional landlord Mark Bourgeois said that Hammerson was in the process of moving away from high street fashion brands across its schemes and was looking more at leisure offerings, “aspirational, contemporary fashion brands” and even co-working space to anchor flagship sites in future.

“The types of occupiers we’re looking at include leisure – we’re talking to some really excellent and exciting leisure concepts. It’s an opportunity even for fashion operators who are in a store that may be substandard or sized to take a flagship statement in a scheme. Those are the types of discussions we’re having with some of the more contemporary fashion brands,” he said.

“Then there’s co-working spaces. We see co-working, particularly on upper floors of schemes there’s some strong demand for co-working.”

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