Online shopping has its limits and physical stores will never go out of fashion, says the CEO of Unibail-Rodamco which is betting $16 billion (£12 billion) on buying Westfield to create a global mall giant.
Signa Holding GmbH, the Austrian group that owns German department store operator Karstadt, sent Hudson’s Bay Co this week details of the financing it has put together for its 3 billion euro bid for Kaufhof.
Saks Fifth Avenue owner Hudson’s Bay Co said on Wednesday it had received a bid for its German department store chain Kaufhof from Signa Holding, the Austrian property and retail group that owns Karstadt.
Malls have spent a reported $8 billion on renovations to distance themselves from traditional retail outlets. Trends include renaming properties, and adding entertainment and residential features for secondary use.
Retailer Hudson's Bay Co is unlikely to take its vast real estate holdings public any time soon, the head of RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, a partner in a venture that holds some of those assets, said on Thursday.