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    DD1 - Key Drivers of the Retail Development Design

    • Key Drivers of the Retail Development & Design


Founder & Chairman, McArthur Retail Development Specialists


The creation of popular retail destinations that generate strong returns for investors and profitable businesses for retailers is at the heart of the McARTHUR Retail Development Specialists approach to shopping centre and mixed-use development. As an independent consultant, Phil McArthur, the Founder and Chairman, is an internationally experienced shopping centre specialist with over 39 years in the industry across Asia, India, the Middle East, Africa and North America. Our strategy is to add real financial value to each retail development project. Our team is well experienced in shopping centre investment, finance, development planning, marketing, as well as retail leasing and management. We understand retail real estate and shopping centres and what it takes to achieve successful new centres or reinvigorate centres that require new energy. We work closely with global retail chains to assist with cross-border expansion needs. McARTHUR Retail Development Specialists believes in well-planned, highly popular shopping destinations with long-term financial growth in value. Our philosophy is to use international best practices combined with local knowledge of retail markets and shopping influences to meet each project’s goal. Throughout his career, Phil McArthur has been instrumental in assembling teams to deliver some of the most successful developments in the region including: City Centre Deira, UAE; City Centre Muscat, Oman; City Centre Ajman, UAE; City Centre Sharjah, UAE; Mall of the Emirates, UAE; Citystars, Cairo, Egypt; Dubai Festival City, UAE; Mall of Qatar, Qatar Phil has served as Senior Vice President, India for the global real estate investment giant, Ivanhoe Cambridge. Phil lead the firms' efforts to understand India organized retail market and develop development partner relationships. From 2007-2017 Phil was an adjudicator for the prestigious International Council of Shopping Centers VIVA Global Design and Development Awards. In 2011, Phil conceptualized and executed the start-up firm, McARTHUR + COMPANY Shopping Centre Specialists, a Dubai based consultancy where he directed all aspects of branding, business development strategy, marketing and leasing services and provided valuable strategic advice to over 150 projects in over twenty countries and territories including the United States, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, India, Malaysia, Monaco and South Korea. In 2020, Phil established McARTHUR Retail Development Specialists, a Dubai based strategic advisory and planning consultancy. McARTHUR provides comprehensive programs to assist developers, managers and owners of retail real estate with improvement programs focusing on market competitive position, design, leasing, operations and marketing.