Paris, 7 October 2016 – MAPIC, the global retail real estate market, has announced an impressive line-up of UK retailers and high-profile industry figures that will be attending the event in Cannes from November 16-18.
“The 22nd edition of MAPIC will offer exhibitors and visitors alike unparalleled opportunities to network with leading industry influencers. We have a fantastic list of international participants from the entire spectrum of the industry, including fashion, accessories, food and beverage, retailtainment, designers and architects, and our comprehensive programme of seminars will provide attendees with valuable insight into the latest trends and developments in the market by leading market experts,” says Nathalie Depetro, Director of MAPIC.
MAPIC is pleased to welcome UK retailers attending the show for the first time, including Jaeger, Matalan, Julien MacDonald, Fenn Wright Manson, Nicole Farhi, Blue Inc. and the UK’s largest omni-channel retailer John Lewis Partnership with 46 John Lewis stores and 350 Waitrose supermarkets. They will participate alongside a host of loyal MAPIC retailers hailing from the UK including Arcadia Group, Burberry, Debenhams, Hamley’s of London, JD Sports, Mothercare, Primark and Ted Baker.
Tesco will be making its MAPIC debut as an exhibitor this year. Other first-timer UK exhibitors include Savills, Meyer Bergman, New West End Company and Broadway Malayan architects.
Reflecting the increased importance of retailtainment, five new leading UK brands from this sector are attending the show including: Merlin Entertainment, the largest European entertainments company operating in Europe, which runs 115 attractions in 23 countries across four continents; All Star Lanes, which offers food, drinks and bowling in a timeless American classic style setting; Ai Solve, virtual reality simulations and game based learning experts; Global Attractions – a concept design consultant that implements leading leisure attractions – and Paragon Creative: a world-class themed model making and fit-out facility specialist, which has provided over 1,000 unique experiences for customers worldwide.
The recent surge in the demand for quality food and beverage offers in the retail landscape, has been reflected in the strong increase of F&B brands signing up to attend MAPIC 2016. UK F&B first-timers such as Yo! Sushi, T2 Tea, Chopstix Noodle Bar and Drake & Morgan will join returning UK retailers Marks and Spencer, Leon Restaurants, Pret a Manger and Wagamama to name a few.
A number of UK retailers and exhibitors will also be participating in conference sessions at MAPIC 2016. Known to many as the “Queen of the Shops” and one of UK’s most prominent retail gurus, Mary Portas will be making her MAPIC debut as a moderator for the UK market discussion seminar entitled: “United Kingdom – Good Morning Retail!” (Thursday 17th November). The panel – consisting of Jeremy Collins, Property Director of John Lewis; Duncan Grant, Strategy Director of The Entertainer and Jace Tyrell, Chief Executive of New West End Company – the business voice for the world’s largest retail destination including Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street – will provide unrivalled insight into the latest trends and thinking in the market.
The Dune Group – a global player in footwear and accessories, with 40 stand-alone stores and 175 concessions in the UK alone – will also be attending MAPIC for the first time this year. On Wednesday, November 16th, Ben Jobling, International Director of The Dune Group, will be speaking at the Middle East seminar; “How Tall is Retail?”, about the group’s international expansion.
With international tourism and travel booming, retailing opportunities are ambitious. Kim Gray, Head of Retail Strategy of Heathrow Airport, will speak in the travel retail panel discussion: “Travel Retail – the 6th Continent for Retailers?” (Thursday 17th November) alongside Damon Crowhurst, European Business Director, Displays, Samsung; Albert Beltran, Managing Director Iberia, UK & France, Guess; Ludovic Castillo, Managing Director of Altarea Commerce (France, Italy, Spain), Altarea Cogedim and Mehmet Kalyoncu, Member of Board, Kalyon. Fiona Hamilton, Global Head of Retail for International Brands, BNP Paribas Real Estate will moderate the session.
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