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Calendar Club seeks new sites for Christmas trading period

Calendar Club is looking to acquire around 250 short-term mall kiosks and shop units across England, Scotland and Wales for the run-up to Christmas 2018. Having… View Article

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Calendar Club seeks new sites for Christmas trading period

Calendar Club is looking to acquire around 250 short-term mall kiosks and shop units across England, Scotland and Wales for the run-up to Christmas 2018.

Having launched its first 12 stores in 1998, the calendar retailer now sells over four million calendars a year with most of its sales made online.

David Pike, director of Calendar Club, said: “It is vital in these more difficult times that we maintain the health of Calendar Club as a business – the challenge of declining footfall in shopping centres and high streets and the subsequent tougher trading conditions, mean that we need to be very particular about where we take space.

“Concentrating on bringing our occupancy costs down from the level of recent years, will enable us to continue to be a successful retail business and reliable tenant for the next twenty years.”

Calendar Club is seeking 100 shop units typically of around 800 to 1,000 square feet, although other sizes are being considered.

The search for kiosks and store space in the southern half of the UK is being led by Williams Gunter Hardwick. Meanwhile, Barker Proudlove will be responsible for acquiring units in the north. All store acquisitions will be coordinated by Peter Daye and Dan Tinkler who are based at Calendar Club in Exeter.

Steve Cullis, associate director of Williams Gunter Hardwick, said: “We know that Calendar Club adds a healthy element to many shopping centres, as their units are well fitted and drive footfall in the lead up to Christmas. But equally importantly, they occupy what would otherwise be empty units and offer a range of products that complement rather than rival other occupiers.”

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