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Edinburgh celebrates the opening of St James Quarter (GB)

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St James Quarter, the most significant transformation Edinburgh has seen in a generation – opened phase one today, with the launch of its 850,000ft² shopping galleria. The completion of the first phase of the 1.7m ft² scheme, developed by Nuveen Real Estate, creates a new retail-led, lifestyle district that fully integrates and enhances Edinburgh’s city centre – providing an inspiring, attractive, and vibrant destination. The €1.1bn (£1bn) development’s hospitality and residential elements are set to complete in further phases through to 2022. When fully complete, St James Quarter will be a destination like no other – bringing brands from global to local, and convenience to luxury. It features a shopping galleria with 80 retailers, an enticing mix of restaurants, a Bonnie & Wild food hall, Scotland’s first W Edinburgh Hotel, a boutique Everyman Cinema, a Roomzzz Aparthotel, residential apartments and 1600 car parking spaces.

 

Over 40 retailers welcomed the public through their doors on opening morning, many of which are debuting their brand in Scotland for the first time, including, & Other StoriesStradivariusBershka, and Pull&Bear. H&MMangoNext – including its Victoria Secret offering, Rituals Tommy Hilfiger,Peloton, Salerno, Nordic Outdoor and many more also welcomed their first visitors to their new stores. As part of the development plans, John Lewis opened their newly renovated store in May, boasting a range of new services and experiences. St James Quarter will also host several new concept stores including Zara, and Superdrug who have added a showcase Skinnydip stand for lifestyle and fashion accessories along with a Beauty Studio area for professional beauty treatments. Meanwhile, Breitling opened its first standalone boutique in Edinburgh, and The Body Shop will open their first Activist Workshop store in Scotland.LEGO has unveiled to shoppers a bespoke Edinburgh themed LEGO mosaic, while IOLLA will be introducing a new experiential showroom with an interactive try on the garden.

 

A number of brands will continue to join the line-up in the coming weeks including Bross Bagels, The Kooples and Aeronautica, the Scottish food hall by Bonnie & Wild will open next month and H beauty will open its doors to shoppers in the Autumn. Once complete, St James Quarter will help move Edinburgh further up the UK retail rankings from 13th to eighth through the quality and breadth of its offer.

 

Martin Perry, director of development for St James Quarter, commented: “This is a momentous occasion for the city of Edinburgh – and this is just the beginning. The brands and experience that we have welcomed today demonstrate our commitment to delivering a curated destination for the people of Edinburgh. We are now looking forward to continuing on our journey to deliver a truly mixed-use destination of the future as we welcome more brands, leisure, and our new neighbours. The impact of the pandemic has of course had a profound impact on UK retail. However, retail required a rethink long before the pandemic. The high street was already changing, which is why we have been continually working with our partners, retailers, and the city as whole to ensure that the St James Quarter continues to be enjoyed by generations to come. A new normal demands a new kind of retail destination, a development that can respond to an ever-changing situation, one that serves the needs of its community as well as overseas visitors. It is the reason we are focusing on creating a unique experience for our customers. There is something for everyone – which is why our occupiers are still focused on the long-term journey at St James Quarter. We believe in Edinburgh and we are excited to help lead the way as part of the city’s wider economic recovery. Throughout this pandemic, we have never questioned our investment in not just the St James Quarter but the city itself. We’re here to stay and we’re here to help.”

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Lidl to invest €200m in its Portuguese retail network

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Continuing with its expansion strategy in Portugal, Lidl will invest around €200m, of which €125m are intended for remodeling, modernization and new openings. By the end of 2022, the retailer plans to renovate around 25 stores, including the launch of six new stores. Additionally it will contribute to rehabilitating the surrounding areas to support the local communities where it operates.

 

Lidl entered Portugal in 1995 and currently operates a network of over 269 stores located across the country and four warehouses located in Santo Tirso, Palmela, Sintra and Torres Novas. The discounter has invested €1bn in the country since 2017.

 

In 2020, Lidl opened a new semi-robotised warehouse in Santo Tirso, which led to the development of a new industrial area in the North of the country and the creation of 200 new jobs. It is also building a new warehouse in Loures, to reinforce the supply and storage capacity of its stores in the central region.

 

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Ben Affleck lists his Pacific Palisades mansion for $30M…one month after marrying Jennifer Lopez

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Ben Affleck has put his Pacific Palisades mansion on the market for $30 million after claims by TMZ that he is renting a sprawling home in Beverly Hills with his wife Jennifer Lopez.

He first snapped up the stunning property, complete with seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a gym, screening room and spa, for $19.2 million back in 2018. 

At the time, he bought the plush home in a bid to be near his ex-wife Jennifer Garner, with whom he remains amicable since their 2015 split, and the three children they share, daughters Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13 and ten-year-old son Samuel. 

Saying goodbye: Ben Affleck has put his Pacific Palisades mansion on the market for $30 million after renting a sprawling home in Beverly Hills with his wife Jennifer Lopez; seen in 2021

Saying goodbye: Ben Affleck has put his Pacific Palisades mansion on the market for $30 million after renting a sprawling home in Beverly Hills with his wife Jennifer Lopez; seen in 2021

At the time, Realtor.com described the house as ‘an entertainer’s dream’, with the full listing for the home stating it has a spacious living room with fireplace, formal dining room with butler’s pantry, study with bar and more.

Additionally, it is equipped with a screening room, gym, family room with full bar, temperature controlled walk-in wine cellar and maid’s room. 

The decision to list his home comes a month after the 49-year-old Batman star tied the knot with his new wife, 53, during an intimate ceremony in Las Vegas. 

Moving out: He first snapped up the stunning property, complete with seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a gym, screening room and spa, for $19.2 million

Moving out: He first snapped up the stunning property, complete with seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a gym, screening room and spa, for $19.2 million

For sale: At the time, he bought the plush home in a bid to be near his ex Jennifer Garner, with whom he remains amicable since their 2015 split, and the three children they share, daughters Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13 and 10-year-old son Samuel

For sale: At the time, he bought the plush home in a bid to be near his ex Jennifer Garner, with whom he remains amicable since their 2015 split, and the three children they share, daughters Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13 and 10-year-old son Samuel

He and J-LO are renting a property together, per TMZ.

Moving trucks were recently spotted outside each of their respective homes.

Lopez and Affleck’s rumored new rental was most recently owned by Australian billionaire James Packer, who’s the former fiancé of Mariah Carey. Other previous residents include Danny DeVito and his ex-wife, Matilda alum Rhea Perlman.

DeVito and Perlman sold the seven-bedroom home in 2015 for $28 million to developers Stuart and Stephanie Liner. The Liners then made numerous upgrades to the estate and listed it for $85 million. Packer then bought the property for around $60 million in 2018.

Wow: At the time, Realtor.com described the house as 'an entertainer's dream', with the full listing for the home stating it has a spacious living room with fireplace, formal dining room with butler's pantry, study with bar and more

Wow: At the time, Realtor.com described the house as ‘an entertainer’s dream’, with the full listing for the home stating it has a spacious living room with fireplace, formal dining room with butler’s pantry, study with bar and more

The house sprawls across 29,000-square-feet, which would allow ample space for the couple’s blended brood of five children.

The Jenny from the Block songstress shares 14-year-old twins Max and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony, while the Good Will Hunting star is the father to daughters Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13 and son Samuel, 10, with ex-wife Jennifer Garner.

The massive estate is also said to have many luxury amenities and perks, including an at-home movie theater, a hair salon, a gym, an entertainment room, a wine cellar, a sprawling pool, and even multiple guest houses.

Man and wife: While he and J-LO have yet to confirm that they have purchased a property together, moving vehicles were recently reported to have been spotted outside each of their respective homes; seen last month on their honeymoon in Paris, France

Man and wife: While he and J-LO have yet to confirm that they have purchased a property together, moving vehicles were recently reported to have been spotted outside each of their respective homes; seen last month on their honeymoon in Paris, France

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Aldi grows its Spanish retail portfolio

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Aldi Espana will open four new stores across the country, including in Almería, two in Tenerife, in the towns of San Miguel de Abona and Adeje, and one in Oropesa del Mar (Castellón). In July, the retailer has already opened its first four stores in the Canary Islands – two in Tenerife and two in Gran Canaria – and a supermarket in Guadix (Granada). The new openings are part of the company’s expansion plan, which will see the launch of 50 new locations by the end of the year.

 

The new store in Almería is located on Avenida del Mediterráneo, and currently employs 14 memebers of staff. Aldi’s fifth supermarket in the Canary Islands, in Tenerife, is located in the municipality of San Miguel de Abona, on Calle de La Folía, Parcela 28, in the Las Chafiras Industrial Estate. The store comprises 1,300m² and employs 25 people. In the Canary Islands, the company opened a store at Avenida Barranco de Las Torres, No. 37, in Adeje. The new store in Oropesa del Mar (Castellón) at Avenida Jardín, 35, offers 1,200m² of space and employs 15 memebers of staff. Finally, Aldi opened its first supermarket in the municipality of Guadix, in Granada. All of the new supermarkets offer a wide range of products.

 

With these four openings in August, Aldi network in Spain comprises 375 supermarkets. 

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