At MAPIC, we spoke to an outlet operator about what he thought about the outlet battle taking place along the D1 motorway in Slovakia (one’s in right outside Bratislava in Senec, one’s a bit further up the road in Voderady). He said Parndorf was simply too close and that operators wouldn’t take them on, no matter how nice the architecture was. And he said he doubted other big name outlet operators would try it, and that without an operator, the schemes were doomed.
“After fast growth in the last three to four years, the retail market in Slovakia is now ripe for an outlet presence,” said Iestyn Roberts, Chief Executive of Freeport. “There has been an influx of international brands into the major cities of the country, particularly Bratislava. One Fashion Outlet is the next logical step in the retail development of Central Eastern Europe.”