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£50m facelift to create new leisure offer in Black Country

Asset manager of Black Country retail hub outlines plans to make shopping centre fit for a post-covid landscape by increasing the leisure and dining out options Merry Hill shopping centre is to undergo a major overhaul aimed at broadening the retail hub’s appeal in a post-covid landscape by increasing its leisure offer. Asset manager Ellandi has outlined a programme of renovation works worth £50 million as it aims to keep the centre relevant following a tumultuous time for the retail landscape as consumer habits changed and online shopping boomed during…

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Colchester: ‘cliffhanger’ over shopping centre cinema operator

Film fans have been left with a cliffhanger over which cinema operator is to move into the long awaited Tollgate Village leisure and retail complex. Work on the £70 million complex in Stanway is due to start next year. But the Tollgate Partnership Limited, which is behind the plans, has not revealed which cinema operator is has lined up. The Gazette approached major operators Vue, Empire Cinemas, Cineworld and Odeon to see if they were interested in opening a venue at the new Stanway complex. Vue, Empire and Cineworld ruled…

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An artist's impression of the new Funan mall's facade along Coleman Street Junction. Photo: CapitaLand

Singapore’s ‘live-work-play mall’ reopens with new experiences and brands

Funan mall is set to open its doors on June 28 – ahead of schedule after a three-year redevelopment. Located in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District, the mall will host more than 180 brands under six themes: tech, craft, play, fit, chic and taste. One in three of the stores will be new-to-market brands, new concept stores or flagships. “Shaped by its unique location in a new-gen live-work-play hub, Funan brings together experiential and activity-based retail at a scale not seen before in Singapore’s Civic District, while providing a…

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