Out of town retail market overview

Internet sales account for more than 15% of retail sales over past 12 months

Internet buying has accounted for 15.6% of total retail sales in the year to July 2017.

Online retailing has accelerated rapidly over the past few years, rising from 12.6% of overall retailing at the end of 2015 to its current level.

Overall, almost £13bn was spent via online retailing in the 12 months to July 2017, an increase of 30.4% since the end of 2015 and 93.4% since the end of 2012.

Discount retailers increase their presence at retail parks

The trend of discount grocery stores anchoring out of town retail schemes has been on the increase over the past few years.

Whilst the number of retail parks anchored by the likes of Aldi, Lidl and Iceland has grown, this has also acted as a catalyst for other discounters, with Home Bargains, B&M, Poundland and Primark also increasing their presence.

The larger units available out of town act as a perfect format for discount retailers.

Largest Bunnings Warehouse store in the UK opens in Milton Keynes

Bunnings opened their fourth UK store at the site of the former Homebase outlet on Snowdon Drive Milton Keynes in June 2017.

The new store is 90,000 sq ft and represents the largest outlet for Bunnings Warehouse since the acquisition of Homebase by their parent company Wesfarmers.

Since the opening of the Milton Keynes store, Bunnings have also opened in St Albans, bringing their store count to five outlets.

Construction starts at Clock Tower Retail Park in Chelmsford

Aberdeen Asset Management and Exton Estates begun construction of the new Clock Tower Retail Park on the site of the former Britvic factory i Chelmsford at the start of the year.

The scheme is to provide 90,000 sq ft and will be anchored by Aldi, Marks & Spencer, SCS and Costa Coffee. Three further units are under offer. The scheme is due to complete in November 2017.



Supply is down to 181,400 sq ft across the six Bidwells markets, the lowest level on record


The reduction in supply since 2011





Prime bulky use rents fall by 5.6% on average across Bidwells markets. Rents on DIY units are down by 7.5%. UK Retail Park vacancy rate falls to its lowest level on record, 5.3% at mid 2017


Average availability rate across Bidwells locations









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