Grozny Mall, Kausar Park. CGI by Chapman Taylor

‘Placemaking’ Chechen mall wins best shopping centre 2020

Grozny Mall in Chechnya, southern Russia has been named “Best Shopping Centre” at the 2020 Arendator Awards in Moscow. Arendator.ru is a major Russian commercial property news website, with the awards ceremony, which took place at Moscow’s Modus Restaurant on Thursday, October 1, 2020, honouring the best projects in the commercial property sector. Designed by Chapman Taylor, Grozny Mall will be the largest shopping mall in southern Russia, bringing together national and international retail brands within a 132,000 sq m development. A hypermarket, a food court and restaurants will complement…

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The Square, Tallaght. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Expansion of Irish ‘community centre’ mall postponed by pandemic

Management at The Square, Tallaght have said a planned €100 million expansion is being postponed because of difficulties caused by Covid-19. The Square is celebrating its 30th birthday and when it was opened in 1990 it was the biggest shopping centre in the country at 500,000 square feet. Then taoiseach Charles Haughey opened the centre and 15,000 people turned up to watch the ceremony. It was the first big investment in the area and followed years of recession. Many local people said the centre, and the facilities that it brought such as the…

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The Geek Retreat Glasgow store located on Union Street in the city centre cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Garry Cornes - geograph.org.uk/p/6055365

‘Covid-safe’ Scottish hobby and games retailer to expand

Retailer of ‘all things geeky’ to open 100 new shops. From online fashion to grocery, only a handful of sectors have bucked the coronavirus downturn, and now it seems comics and gaming have joined the list. Geek Retreat – which specialises in “all things geeky” including comics, memorabilia and table top games – says it will open another 100 stores over the next two years, at a time when the UK High Street is under pressure. The Scottish firm currently has 14 UK sites, which combine retail space with cafes and…

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