Hines, the international real estate firm has announced that Sky, Europe’s leading media and entertainment company, has chosen to open one of its first bricks and mortar retail shops at 229-249 Buchanan Street, Glasgow.
Opening on 6th May, the new Sky shop will occupy a 2,500 square feet unit and bring together Sky Mobile, Sky Broadband and Sky TV all in one place. The shop will include a dedicated ‘Customer Hub’ encouraging new customers to speak to advisors about the latest Sky innovations while existing customers can receive advice for their current products. The shop will also include an iSmash service facility, providing customers with repair and maintenance services on site.
The new shops are the first time Sky has had a full retail presence that covers all its business areas – Sky Mobile, Sky Broadband and Sky TV – and the first-time potential customers can fully sample the Sky Q experience.
The shop on Buchanan Street, Glasgow, will be the first shop of its kind in Scotland, focusing on customer experience alongside Sky’s products. The shop will be open plan to allow easy and safe interaction between advisors and customers.
All Sky shops will operate in line with the Government’s Covid-19 safety measures, including strict social distancing, mandatory facemasks and hand sanitiser available across the shop.
The building, which has a Grade A listed façade, is located in the heart of Glasgow’s retail core, directly opposite the city’s premier shopping centre Buchanan Galleries and immediately adjacent to Buchanan Quarter.
Chris Stylianou, Chief Operating Officer, Sky UK and Ireland, said: “Since announcing our move into bricks and mortar retail we’ve opened shops in Liverpool, Leeds and Gateshead – now we’re bringing the Sky experience to shoppers in Scotland with our Glasgow shop.
“We already have deep roots in Scotland with many of our colleagues working across our campuses in Livingstone, Dunfermline, and Glasgow. With its renowned shopping district in the heart of the city, it made sense that the iconic Buchanan Street in Glasgow became host to our first shop in the country. We’ll bring service, innovation and convenience in one place, under one roof, to give shoppers a brand new way to experience Sky”
Sharon Bloodworth, Director, Retail Asset Management, Hines UK, said: “Sky clearly recognise the value of personal interaction with their customers and the selection of our Buchanan Street asset as the home for one of their new stores demonstrates the strength of the location. This commitment from Sky is a significant vote of confidence during challenging times for everyone in the retail sector, and we look forward to their doors opening to customers.”
Hines acquired 229-249 Buchanan Street in April 2016 as part of its investment mandate from Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK) which targets prime high street retail assets across Europe.
The UK Hines team is currently active in the office, retail, student housing and logistics sectors, managing a combined UK property portfolio worth more than £3bn and located in London and key regional cities.
Savills and CBRE acted for Hines.
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Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 225 cities in 25 countries. Hines has approximately $144.1 billion¹ of assets under management, including $75.5 billion for which Hines serves as investment manager, including non-real estate assets, and $68.6 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. The firm has 165 developments currently underway around the world. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired 1,426 properties, totaling over 472 million square feet. The firm’s current property and asset management portfolio includes 576 properties, representing over 246 million square feet. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world. ¹AUM includes both the global Hines organization as well as RIA AUM.
Since entering Europe in 1991, Hines has grown its European platform to include offices in 16 cities as well as a presence in 55 cities in 13 countries, with €22.7 billion of assets under management, including €19.8 billion for which Hines serves as an investment manager and €2.9 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services, in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.
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