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Belgium Retail City Guides
Antwerp, with more than 530,000 inhabitants, is the 2nd biggest Belgian city. Inhabitants and tourists can enjoy more than 10,000 retail units, a very large spectre of retail, going from mass-market to luxury or a massively expanding Food & Beverage sector in one of the most vibrant Belgian retail city.
The historic city centre (Meir, Schutterhofstraat, Huidevetterstraat, Wilde zee…) offers a robust commercial mix, combining international and local brands’ flagship stores. These last months, the arrival of qualitative F&B operators, different boutiques and concept stores contributed to the strong retail dynamic and reinforced the attractivity of the city.
Wijnegem – Shop Eat Enjoy, located in the Western periphery of Antwerp, is the biggest Belgian shopping centre. With a perfect retail mix, this is a vibrant complement to the city centre.
Finally, some of the major retail parks or retail warehouses’ clusters are to be found along the major road axes, adding value to Antwerp’ diversified retail offer.
Mechelen, located in Flanders between Brussels and Antwerp, is the 10th biggest Belgian city. In a 20 minutes drivetime, around 430,000 inhabitants can enjoy a vibrant retail market. A strong and diversified retail landscape, a dynamic take-up and a vacancy rate close to 0% attract retailers and investors in the different High Streets of the city as well as Out-of-Town retail parks.
The Ijzerenleen and the Bruul, the two most famous retail streets of the city, benefit from a robust commercial mix, combining international and local brands. These last months, they also observed the arrival of qualitative F&B chains (Hawaiian Poké Bowl, Wasbar…), different boutiques and concept stores, new retailers (Bang & Olufsen, Dille & Kamille) on the Ijzerenleen and sport and leisure activities (Basic-Fit, Decathlon, Courir, Snipes…) on the Bruul. The dynamic retail market contributes to a slight increase of rental values these last months.
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