Claire Matha : Retail Real Estate Development Advisor France

Retail Real Estate Development Advisor (France)

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  • Mapic 2013: The Body Shop won the best omnichannel strategy award!

    20 November 2013

    Mapic 2013: The Body Shop won the best omnichannel strategy award!
    On November 2013, The Body shop won the mapic award for “the best omnichannel strategy” confirming and rewarding the firm’s multichannel commercial development.  Indeed, in 2013 The Body Shop successfully expands to the outlet market and improves the e-commerce activity.
    On this picture : Stéphane Chambran – General manager at The Body Shop France, L’Oréal
    Faiza Elhakkaoui – CRM/PRM Manager France at The Body Shop, L’Oréal
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  • Inauguration of the new Beaugrenelle shopping centre in Paris

    23 October 2013

    Ideally situated in the very heart of Paris, a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower, Gecina, the owners and Apsys, the commercial agents, have developed a state-of-the-art shopping and leisure complex on the banks of the Seine.  The architects Valode & Pistre have designed this centre in line with the traditional department store concept including a six-story tower, dome and overhead walkway, not to mention the largest roof garden in Paris.  The Beaugrenelle shopping centre is spread over three distinct poles covering a total sales area of 45,000m² and includes 120 different stores. Marks & Spencer is opening its biggest Parisian store here over four floors, the FNAC now has an outlet in the south-west area of Paris covering 3,700m² and Pathé offers a 10-screen cinema complex.  The high-power brands are present such as Zara, H&M, Hollister, etc. and the centre is equipped with around ten different restaurants, some of which have a view over the Seine. Resolutely up-market, the centre offers brands such as Guerlain, Bo Concept, Zadig & Voltaire, Claudie Pierlot and, in the catering sector, Costes and Matsuri.  Five new brands have recently joined the Beaugrenelle centre:  The Kase, Ba&sh, American Vintage, Berenice and The North Face.
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  • Inauguration of Aeroville near the Charles de Gaulle airport!

    17 October 2013

    On the 17th October 2013 the new Aeroville shopping centre situated near the Paris CDG airport will be officially opened. It is situated near the junction between the Francilienne highway and the A1 motorway and is some 350m long on one level making it similar in dimension to the Blue Water and Westfield White City shopping centres near London.  With its circular configuration, Unibail-Rodamco is hoping to attain a visitor count of 12 million per year. The sales area covers 84,000m² including a 15,000m² Auchan hypermarket and a new generation multiplex cinema called Europacorp;  the project is open to a wide range of shops and services and includes a food-court composed of 17 culturally different restaurants or counters out of the 30 eating places you can find in the centre.  The architecture of this structure, designed by PCA, emulates that of an airport terminal.  Natural lighting and prestigious building materials have been chosen wherever possible in this lofty structure.  There are five distinct areas, each with its own atmosphere and choice of plants, echoing the five continents.  Some of the frontages are up to eight metres high and aim to impress.  Besides the most obvious brands (H&M, Zara, Mango, Sephora, The Body Shop, Habitat, Nature & Découvertes, Joué Club, etc.) Marks and Spencer will open its second largest French store in this centre.
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  • 2013-2014: The Body Shop successfully expands to the outlet market!

    15 September 2013

    This is part of The Body Shop’s new development strategy and they opened their third boutique at the beginning of 2013 in the Roppenheim Outlet structure (Neinver Group).  They already had boutiques in the Troyes and Roubaix centres run by McArthur Glen and other projects are on-going for openings in Romans and Franconville, two villages run by the famous Marques Avenue.
    Behind the scenes at the Brand Village in Roppenheim.
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  • The Italie 2 centre is unveiled!

    12 September 2013

    In line with its strategy to concentrate on commercial real estate, Hammerson is continuing to upgrade its existing structures in France with the renovation of one of the prime Parisian shopping centres.  This centre, which attracts 14 million visitors each year and generates turnover of €355M, is getting some very positive results thanks to the dynamic economic position of the Tolbiac area and the modernisation of the Auserlitz-Lyon-Bercy zone.  Italie 2’s new concept as an artistic and congenial Parisian brand is in line with its slogan “Rive Gauche Shopping”. The centre unveiled its new concept on 12thSeptember last during a grand opening ceremony such as Paris has never seen before. Major brands such as Le Printemps, Carrefour Market, Zara, Darty and Go Sport have chosen to be part of this project.
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  • 13-15 november: MAPIC 2013

    01 September 2013

    Attending this international trade fair is an absolute must for all the key actors in the sales and distribution sector. The three-day international event attracts landlords, retailers and real-estate experts who meet to evaluate the market, find new partners and discuss on-going projects in the prestigious Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

    Should you wish to meet me at this event, please do not hesitate to contact me to organise a meeting by calling (+33 O) 671 925 235 or by sending an e-mail on
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  • Opening of the new Marks & Spencer in SO Ouest, Levallois-Perret

    17 October 2012

    Marks & Spencer makes a real come-back to Paris. The British brand opened a 5,000m² shop on three levels. With a 600m² food hall, 2,500m² of women’s fashion and the now famous lingerie department, 1,500m² of men’s fashion and a house linen department, not forgetting the traditional stands offering the oh-so-British Golden Jubilee biscuit tins, le new Marks and Spencer is the real thing. Care has been taken to offer an assortment of strictly British foodstuffs so as not to be in competition with the “locomotive store” of SO Ouest.
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  • Inauguration of SO Ouest shopping centre in Levallois-Perret

    17 October 2012

    The SO Ouest shopping centre in Levallois-Perret officially opened on 18th October:

    SO Ouest intends to become a chic Parisian address and is aiming to attract 10 million visitors a year. In order to do this, the owners of the property, Unibail-Rodamco group, asked the architects Saguez & Partners to recreate the atmosphere of a bourgeois 19th century Parisian apartment.  In parallel to this, Unibail-Rodamco has attracted some prestigious brands which had never before been present in shopping centres, such as the designer Claudie Pierlot and the delicatessen Dalloyau.  Another novelty is the Lego Boutique which is entirely dedicated to those small coloured bricks.  Some of the best-known brands are present such as Grand Optical, Jeff de Bruges and Sephora, and others like The Body Shop, Calzedonia and Häagen Dazs.  This is the first time in France that the quality of the boutiques is on a par with the quality of the centre which in turn is in correlation with its immediate catchment area.
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  • Opening of The Body Shop in Bordeaux Lac

    12 September 2012

    Opening of The Body Shop in Bordeaux Lac
    The Body Shop has opened a “PULSE CONCEPT” shop. The Body Shop’s new boutiques reflect the brand and its ambitions perfectly. New items have been introduced: the Wall of Values, of which there are five, a central reception counter which gives a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and the Community Wall where one can find the origins of all the ingredients used in the brand’s range of cosmetics. The PULSE CONCEPT also includes a new slogan for the brand: “Look good – Feel good – Do good”.

    Look good: products inspired by nature and created using high quality ingredients
    Feel good
    : sensually textured products which are particularly pleasant to use on the skin + an ethical brand taking at heart human rights, the protection of the planet and animal welfare.
    Do good
    : A fair trade programme.
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