International Retailing – 7th February 2019, London

Date: Thursday 7th February
Time: 6 for 6.30pm start
Venue: Hotel Novotel London West, Hammersmith International Centre 1, Shortlands, London W6 8DR.
Nearest tube: Hammersmith

With the intensive focus on the prospects for UK bricks and mortar retailing in the press over the past few months, our recent – sold out – Manchester event focused on the changing role of retail space and place in the UK. For our February event we’re deliberately focusing on markets outside the UK – looking at success stories of UK firms overseas, and considering the lessons for UK retailing and retail location planning of innovation elsewhere. We’ll follow our speaker sessions, as ever, with an opportunity for networking.


Speakers so far confirmed include:

“The Next Age of the Department Store”, Chris Knee, Deputy General Manager, The International Association of Department Stores, Paris

Chris has worked in the department store industry for nearly 30 years. The IADS is an international association founded in 1928 representing department stores, bringing businesses together to share retail management experiences and best practices, including Galleries Lafayette, Kaufhof, Stockmann, Manor, and Fenwick. Given the very real challenges to many firms in the sector in the UK at present, what are the future opportunities for department store retailing?

“International Network Planning: the JD Sports Fashion experience”, Alastair Browne, Head of Site Research & Strategic Insight & JD Sports Fashion plc; & Josh Aghanian, International Site Research and Insight Manager, JD Sports Fashion plc.

Alastair has almost 20 years’ experience in shopping centre feasibility and retail location planning and has been working on location planning and shopping centre development across the UK, Ireland and a number of European countries. Josh manages the evaluation of all new store and development opportunities for JD and Size in existing and new International territories, through detailed qualitative and quantitative market, consumer and financial analysis. He’s responsible for the development of the existing store and future requirements strategy across Europe & the USA.

We will be confirming other speakers and final agenda soon…

If you would like to reserve your place, please email info@thesla.org