TDKs retail team have helped international sports retailer Kukri secure a presence in Belfast City Centre for Christmas to sell their Ulster Rugby and Belfast Giants range.

We’re delighted to announce that Kukri will open a temporary shop in Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast.

It is the first time Kukri has had a retail unit in Belfast City Centre. The shop will offer official Ulster Rugby and Belfast Giants merchandise, as well as a range of Kukri products. Also on sale will be a range of Kukri event products, including 2014 Hong Kong Sevens, 2014 World Club 10’s and other merchandise.

General Manager and Director of Kukri Sports Ireland, Terry Jackson, said: “We’re really excited to start this new venture at Victoria Square. We’ve been looking for an opportunity in Belfast City Centre for some time, and we’re thrilled to have a shop in Victoria Square for the coming months, that will create 8 new jobs for the duration of the shop. It will be great to offer Ulster Rugby and Belfast Giants merchandise in the heart of the City Centre, so even more people than ever can show their support for the teams.”

Mark Thallon Retail Partner at TDK commented “We are delighted to assist Kukri with this acquisition and have no doubt it will be extremely successful in the run up to Christmas and will complement the other occupiers in the scheme. This acquisition demonstrated TDKs ability to identify and secure retail premises for clients within a tight timeframe with the store opening within 6 weeks of our original instruction to find a suitable unit.”

The Kukri store will be open from October 2014 through to January 2015, and it will be officially opened at a launch evening on Thursday 9th October from 6pm-7pm with Ulster Rugby and Belfast Giants players in attendance.

As well as the store in Victoria Square, Kukri will continue their retail operations at the Kingspan Stadium and the Odyssey Arena. “This store will sit alongside our retail operations at the Kingspan Stadium and the Odyssey Arena, so fans of Ulster and the Giants will have plenty of opportunity to buy merchandise,” continues Terry Jackson. “Our shop in Victoria Square will also offer a range of other Kukri merchandise, including a range of Rugby accessories, running trainers and Kukri event merchandise like the World Club 10s and Hong Kong Sevens.”

Home to over 70 stores, Victoria Square is Belfast’s number one shopping destination. It’s located in the South Quarter of Belfast City Centre, with 800,000ft² of retail space over four floors. The Kukri Store will be located in Lower Ground store 32.

TDK retained client Pets at Home have recently opened their 10thstore in Northern Ireland at Damolly Retail Park, Newry in a deal structured by TDKs retail team.

Pets at Home are the UKs largest Pet  supplies retailer with over 350 stores. The addition of the Newry store complements the units acquired by TDK over the past 2 years at Sprucefield, Ballymena, Craigavon and Enniskillen with more new stores in the pipeline.

Acting on behalf of Carpettright, TDK have recently negotiated surrenders on recently closed stores in Londonderry, Ballymoney and Omagh.

Commenting on this Mark Thallon of TDK said “Carpetright approached us towards the end of 2013 to take on the instruction and try and inject some momentum into their Northern Irish disposal programme. We are delighted to have completed on 3 surrenders in a relatively short period of time and look forward to working with Carpetright as they continue to rationalise their store portfolio.”

The addition of Carpetright as a client complements TDK strength in advising occupiers the Out of Town retail market with other active clients including Halfords, Pets at Home, Dunelm, Poundland, Mothercare and Costa Coffee.

Fashion brand COS is opening its first standalone store in Ireland, on Wicklow St in Dublin, this spring.

Spread across 574 sq m over two floors, the store will feature the full collections of womenswear, menswear and childrenswear and will open with the Spring/Summer 2014 collection comprised of bold shapes and soft colours.

The store interior will focus on the use of natural materials and stylish minimal features with the aim of creating a relaxing shopping environment.

“Since opening our first COS concession in Ireland in 2010, we have been fortunate that the brand has received such a positive response,” said Marie Honda, who is responsible for the overall COS brand.

TDK negotiated the acquisition of this property on behalf of COS, the unit previously traded as Tower Records.

There are COS concessions in BT2 Grafton Street, Dundrum Town Centre and in Brown Thomas Cork and Galway.

Part of the H&M Group, the COS brand was launched in 2007 and since then has opened stores across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

TDK have been appointed sole letting agents of an exciting new restaurant and leisure development Boucher Square at Boucher Crescent, Belfast.

In one of the first new schemes to be developed in Belfast over the past 5 years, locally based Alterity Investments have secured planning for the new 4 unit scheme comprising c.12,000 sq.ft. of space dedicated to catering use.

The subject site sits directly opposite the successful Boucher Retail Park whose tenants include Next, River Island, HMV, New Look, Arcadia and Cotswold.

Commenting on the concept Mark Thallon Retail Partner at TDK said “We identified in conjunction with Alterity the need for a purpose built catering destination to serve the needs of both the working population and numerous shoppers who flock to the Boucher area. We believe the resulting scheme will satisfy the existing demand and this has been demonstrated by the level of interest received from established national catering operators”

The scheme will provide in excess of 12,000 sq.ft. of space and the completed units will be built to a high specification to include significant glazing and the scheme will benefit from in excess of 100 on site parking spaces.

For further details please download a copy of the brochure

H&M Group has recorded a 6 per cent growth in turnover for its fiscal year.

The Swedish fashion giants saw its turnover exceed EUR 14.6 billion for the period between December 1 2012 and November 30 2013. Gross profit grew from EUR 8.1 billion to EUR 8.1 billion and its net profit reached EUR 1.95 billion.

Its fourth quarter turnover grew from EUR 3.7 billion to EUR 4.1 billion, with net profit reaching EUR 0.63 billion.

H&M chief executive Karl-Johan Persson said in a press release: “2013 ended strongly with well-received autumn collections, which increased our sales in the fourth quarter by 13 per cent in local currencies”.

H&M now plans to open an additional 375 stores to add to the 356 opened in the last fiscal year. Among those, the very first store in Australia and the Philippines.

The fashion firm is also plotting to reach a further four countries online, including France, which will open its first web shop soon.

Source: Joe Stearn – My Retail Media – 5th February 2014

TDK have been appointed as sole letting agents at Lisburn Leisure Park with effect from January 2014.

Lisburn Leisure Park is one of the primary leisure facilities within Northern Ireland. The scheme is home to the popular Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and a 14 screen Omniplex cinema which complements a strong catering offer from established names such as Costa Coffee, KFC, Subway, Ed’s Bar & Grill, Pizza Hut and Springsteen’s Diner.

Commenting on this instruction Mark Thallon Partner at TDK commented “We are delighted to start 2014 in a positive fashion with the appointment as letting agents in what is one of Northern Irelands most successful and popular leisure destinations. We hope to build on the good work of securing Costa Coffee in December 2014 and plan to secure additional occupiers who will add to the strength of the Park”

There are currently two units immediately available and further details can be found on the attached link.

Omni Shopping Centre got a major boost last week with the opening of a new H&M store in a deal structured by TDK’s retail team.

The Swedish fashion giant has taken over the former Tempest fashion outlet, which has a floor area of 1,207sq.m (13,000sq.ft) over two levels.  The addition of the Omni store takes H&M to 14 trading stores in Ireland.

Great news for Northern Ireland as Costa Coffee, the nation’s favourite coffee house, will open three new stores creating up to 40 new jobs, with additional seasonal staff, over the next few months.  The stores located at the Kennedy Centre, Belfast, Lisburn Leisure Plex and Hollywood Exchange will provide all the top quality Costa drinks, food and products including the Coffee Club – a points based reward scheme offering lots of free products.

The store at the Kennedy Centre opened its doors on 15thNovember with Lisburn Leisure Plex expected to open on 30thNovember and Hollywood Exchange early December. These three new stores will bring the Costa stores in Northern Ireland to 21 and employing 250 people. Costa Coffee, through the franchise partnership with MBCC Foods Ireland Ltd, opened their first store in Northern Ireland in 2004 at Belfast City Airport.

Dervla Arthurs, Marketing Manager for Costa Ireland, said:
“We are delighted to be opening three new stores and up to 40 new jobs in Northern Ireland over the forthcoming months.  Not only will we be offering a top quality product and service but anyone who joins our team will benefit from our excellent staff training which includes a dedicated core skills trainer and the opportunity to train at our Barista Academies in Dublin and Cork.  Our talented Baristas also have the chance to take part in the Costa Barista of the Year and represent Ireland in the world finals which are held annually at our Roastery in Lambeth.”

Along with expertly handcrafted coffee drinks and expert baristas, the stores will offer a full range of cold drinks and a selection of delicious sandwiches, cakes and pastries as well as free WIFI internet access.  As part of the new store openings customers can pick up a Club Card and register it online to receive 100 bonus points towards their first free coffee.

Oct 1 (Reuters) – Poundland, Europe’s biggest single price value retailer, posted a 15.6 percent rise in underlying year earnings and said it was planning to have over 1,000 stores in Britain.

The group, which currently trades from 458 stores in Britain and Ireland, also said on Tuesday its new financial year had started well with trading ahead of internal expectations.

Value retailers have outperformed the market in the economic downturn as consumers, battling inflation rising faster than wages, have sought to make savings.

“There are some early but encouraging signs of improvement in the economy and in consumer confidence and Poundland is well placed to capitalise on any upturn, “ said Chief Executive Jim McCarthy.

Poundland, owned by private equity firm Warburg Pincus, made underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITA) of 45.4 million pounds ($73.5 million) in the year to March 31, up from 39.3 million previously.

Total sales rose 15 percent to 880 million pounds as its offer of over 3,000 products and over 1,000 branded goods from firms such as Cadbury, Heinz, Coca Cola and Kodak, all at a single price point of 1 pound, found favour with consumers.

Poundland opened a net 69 new stores in Britain and Ireland in 2012-13 and plans 50 net new stores in 2013-14, having already opened 30.

“Over time I’m confident that we will have over 1,000 Poundland stores in the UK,” said McCarthy.

He also sees potential for further international expansion after a profitable first full year of trading at the firm’s multi-price format Dealz business in Ireland.

Source: Reuters – October 1st, 2013