christopher january
Partner, Retail and Leisure

Chris has over 25 years’ experience in the retail and leisure market, having worked on national and regional developments, property disposals and acquisitions.

Chris specialises in acquisition and disposal strategies, offering strategic advice to landlords and operators and also identifying sites for mixed-use schemes or retail/leisure development.

He has wide geographical experience and in-depth understanding of various markets.

Before moving to Bidwells and up until the end of 2007, Chris was head of retail and leisure agency at Gerald Eve in London and has been involved with a mix of projects, either acting as agent or consultant.

Recent Projects 
  • In the health and fitness market advising landlords on letting to national operators - acted as a property agent to Snap Fitness 24 in the UK in securing gyms of 4,000 to 8,000 sq ft, with a plan to open 300 gyms in the next 5 years.

  • Retained as a property consultant to Greenwich Leisure who operate large gyms of 15,000 to 25,000 sq ft, as well as trampoline centres of 20,000 to 25,000 sq ft. Chris has recently relocated one of their gyms in Belfast city centre and advised on a number of other sites and valuations.

  • Active in the Care Home market and advising LNT (t/a Ideal Care Homes) on new sites. Recent transactions include; Huntingdon & Welwyn Garden City.

  • Advised Salmon Developments on a number of hotel developments - identifying sites, lettings, etc. Examples of deals completed include; Maidstone and Vauxhall. Actively involved in giving advice on a number of hotel projects. Recent hotel deals include 270-bed Ibis in Cambridge, Premier Inn in Bedford and Travelodge at Orchard Park in Cambridge.

  • Advising Aspers Casino as agent and consultant. Recently securing a new licence in a major UK City and will be looking for suitable premises. Previous casinos include; Newcastle upon Tyne, Northampton, Milton Keynes and Swansea.

  • Acting on roadside developments which have included lettings to hotels, family pubs, drive thru’s and associated uses such as petrol filling stations. Recent examples include; Marstons in Belvedere, Greene King and Brewers Fayre in Bedford, and Marston’s and KFC in March.

  • Advised on a variety of out of town and town centre schemes which have included; the redevelopment of the Post Office in Stamford, The Edge Leisure Park in Great Yarmouth, Rockingham Leisure Park in Corby and The Vision in Milton Keynes. Recently Chris has been advising Eurogarages on a number of sites for petrol filling stations and restaurants.

  • Advised or let restaurants to a variety of national operators and agent in the East of England to Inferno Pizza (part of the Bakkavor Food Group), and to Karali being one of the largest Burger King franchisees.

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