Connecting CBRE/NE in Cannes: MAPIC 2016

CBRE/New England’s First Vice President of Retail, Andrea DeSimone, just returned today from the annual conference at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. MAPIC is the premier event for the international retail real estate market. The three-day gathering attracted over 8,000 participants who attended a variety of exhibitions, conferences and networking events catered to retail developers, owners and brokers.


Balcony view of Rue d’Antibes (Cannes, France)

Andrea reports that the mood of the MAPIC retail conference was very optimistic, suggesting incredible demand for U.S. retailers to open locations in the major European markets. Online retail versus traditional brick-and-mortar retail remained a hot topic, in addition to a true focus on retailers that have successfully developed a mature omnichannel strategy to reach their customers. Meetings with retailers in the luxury sector further prove that Boston’s Back Bay is a world-class city, remaining one of the major markets of intrigue and interest. Recent retailer openings on the famed Rue d’Antibes (the boutique shopping street of Cannes) include Bialetti, Hugo Boss, Twin Set, COS and Pylones. Boston’s Back Bay would be an ideal U.S. gateway location for high street international retailers like these.

Andrea is available as a resource for more information on MAPIC,  in addition to all of your other Urban Retail needs.



Andrea DeSimone


Nicole Nielsen

What: ICSC New England Conference & Deal Making

Where: Hynes Convention Center | 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

When: July 19–21, 2016

The ICSC New England Conference provides a one-stop platform for education, networking and deal making. Once a year, ICSC New England offers an opportunity for attendees to gain information about current industry issues, meet and interact with colleagues doing business in the same region and make deals.

Preceding the deal-making component of the conference, ICSC puts together a multitude of events that enable industry learning and networking. This year, CBRE/New England’s Andrea DeSimone is leading the Retailer Fun Run and Nicole Nielsen is organizing the Next Generation Session. Andrea and Nicole are both on the Program Planning Committee for the ICSC New England Conference, along with Paul Grossman; Nicole is Co-Chair of the Next Generation Committee.

Retailer Fun Run

Wednesday, July 20 @ 7:00-8:30AM

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Next Generation Session

Wednesday, July 20 @ 10:30–11:45AM

Retail Real Estate JeopaR.E. Join Next Gen’s rendition of the classic game show JEOPARDY!, or as we like to call it: JeopaR.E. Our host, Josh Levy, Waterstone Retail, will challenge our “contestants” as they compete in six categories and in three rounds (with each round’s answers being worth more prize money). Following the informational and fun game, there will be a 20-minute panel rounding off the session and allowing the audience to ask questions.

Visit the CBRE/New England booth on Thursday, July 21st from 8:00AM-2:30PM @ Booth #407!