In this year‘s HOF Awards, Cushman & Wakefield Retail Agency team was once again awarded the Best CEE/SEE Retail Real Estate Agency, proving its dominant position on the regional market.
Jan Kotrbáček, Partner & Head of CEE Retail Agency team, Cushman & Wakefield: “The retail market is going through the biggest test in recent history, caused by Covid 19 and related dramatic restrictions to the operation of most traditional stores. But it has been proven that people are still human beings and they have a need for social interaction and contact. Quality retail and leisure environment is the place to let people fully enjoy their lives.
Retail sales still have a growing tendency, and the recent test on the whole population has proven that retail and leisure projects are still relevant and important to their customers. Historically, we thought that the growth of e‐commerce was the greatest threat to classical retail, but we’ve learned that it can be rather an opportunity. Retail and e‐commerce, if set up properly, are benefiting from working together. As long as there will be demand for retail products and F&B and leisure concepts, there will also be demand for retail, logistic, office or production space. The retail sector is and always will be the catalyst and motive force to all commercial real estate segments.”
Helping to shape the future and form of retail, Cushman & Wakefield professionals leverage the firm‘s regional and global networks, cooperating and sharing expertise among a number of countries. Profound knowledge of the individual markets as well as that of global trends enable the firm’s retail experts to support retailers on their way to succeeding in the constantly developing environment.
About HOF Awards
The Hall of Fame Awards is the climax of the CIJ Awards series, pitting the winning projects and companies from around Central & Eastern Europe against each other to determine who the Best of the Best really are. This year’s event featured entries from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. The HOF Awards 2021 brought together real estate professionals from around the region, featuring the most successful and influential companies and leaders currently active on the market, who competed in 19 categories for the honor to be called the Best of the Best. In the event’s innovative and transparent voting system, a select group of real estate leaders from the region voted as a jury in combination with votes from CIJ readers from around the region.
This year, the HOF Awards took place on 23rd September 2021 alongside the CEDEM Real Estate Conference 2021 conference. The discussions centered around the impacts of covid and related lockdowns on all real estate sectors, the lessons learned and future trends. Jan Kotrbáček, Head of Retail Agency CEE, Cushman & Wakefield, presented Cushman & Wakefield’s Retail Snapshot market presentation and moderated The New Retail and Hospitality Landscapes panel of top speakers from individual retail, leisure and hospitality segments: William Boulton-Smith (General Manager in Marriott International), Martin Rozhoň (Head of Asset Management in CPI Group), Petr Vávra (CEO Czech Republic in RSG Group GmbH), Roberto Nannavecchia (Owner of company European Retail Consulting).
View the full results here.