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Property Influencer: Richard Akers

Our latest Property Influencer, Richard Akers, says success in retail real estate depends on embracing innovation, community involvement, and location, location, location!

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The latest Property Influencer Richard Akers is Managing Director at Land Securities, the largest property development company in the UK. He joined Land Securities in 1995, and previously held the position of Head of Retail Portfolio Management before taking over director duties.

During his tenure at Land Securities, Akers has seen many ups and downs in the retail real estate market. But despite troubled economic times, his company is set to begin construction on the Trinity Leeds shopping centre, a landmark 100,000 ft2 mall and one of the largest in England.

The Trinity Leeds scheme is an exciting development offering a stunning opportunity for leading brands. With 120 new retail units, Akers anticipates it will bring prestige, distinction and an unparalleled shopping environment to the centre of Leeds.

In this exclusive video interview, Akers shares his secrets for success and vision of the future. According to him, smart retailers will harness the growing power of social media and digital innovation, and choose their locations wisely.

Akers says it’s crucial for a shopping centre to be part of the community—and he shares some intriguing details about how Trinity Leeds will impact thousands of new shoppers.

Richard Akers was recently interviewed for MORE Vision 4 – Retail renaissance. Reed more here!

Short on time? Skip straight to the questions that interest you here!

What are you looking to do here at MAPIC?

What makes the Trinity Leeds project special?

You are embarking upon a big project, what do you see in the current environment?

Where do you see innovation in the retail market?

Are there any design innovations you’re particularly proud of?

See more videos in the Property Influencer series!

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