Archive for the ‘Retail’ Category

All on Schedule for Trailfinders 2014 Openings

16/07/2014 by Theo Benedyk

Acting on behalf of retained client Trailfinders, Lewis Craig have recently acquired properties in St Albans and Guildford, both now open, as well as a relocation property in Cardiff currently being fitted out.

The St Albans Travel Centre, which opened in March 2014 is located at 3 Market Place, alongside the famous 15th Century St Albans Clock Tower close to the junction of High Street.

This Grade II listed property, has dual frontages to Market Place and French Row and comprises an overall 1750 sq ft. The property has been sensitively restored to preserve the distinctive character and appearance of the locality, although there were some interesting setbacks during the fit-out as can be expected for a building of this age!

June saw the opening of Trailfinders Guildford Travel Centre, located at 146 High Street, occupying a prime position in this highly sought after High Street with a line-up that includes House of Fraser, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Karen Millen, etc. The property offers some 1700 sq ft over ground and first floors.

The Cardiff property, located in the heart of the city in busy pedestrianised Queen Street, is situated alongside the entrance to Queens Arcade and close to Cardiff Castle. Currently being fitted out the property which provides a ground floor retail area of some 2,300 sq ft along with additional ancillary space, is scheduled to open in October, as a relocation from 37 St Mary’s Street where Trailfinders have been located since 2005.

Lewis Craig, property advisers to Trailfinders, negotiated the freehold acquisitions of all three properties.

Contact Richard Grossman for further information and on Trailfinders continuing requirements.


Hanina Fine Arts open new Mayfair gallery

03/06/2014 by Theo Benedyk

Lewis Craig acquire Hanina Fine Arts’ new art gallery in Mayfair, at 21 Woodstock Street, located off New Bond Street. Hanina Fine Arts (HFA) have been dealing in twentieth century European art for over twenty years, and have established a reputation as leading specialists in the post-war School of Paris.

Following a decade of private dealing in New York, HFA was founded in London by the director Yuval Hanina in 1992, initially encountering some resistance to his new modern gallery on Westbourne Grove; it went on to prove a catalyst for the transformation of the street into one of London’s most chic shopping streets.

In 2010 HFA opened a gallery on St George Street in Mayfair which in 2013 became Sotheby’s S2. During Q4 2013, Lewis Craig were instructed to identify suitable premises for HFA’s gallery relocation.

Yuval Hanina comments,

“Having relinquished our previous gallery to Sotheby’s in 2013, we found it a much greater challenge than expected to find a suitable new space in Mayfair in a very competitive market. Towards the end of the year I met with Theo Benedyk from Lewis Craig, whose knowledge and intelligence was immediately apparent and combined with his amiable manner he was a great a pleasure to deal with.

Theo soon identified a potential property for us, negotiating both the acquisition of the existing lease and subsequently a surrender and re-grant of a new lease. This required skill and talent to convert a delicate situation into a successful result. I would highly recommend Theo and the team at Lewis Craig for commercial property matters.”

Eye-Form’s a new Location

27/01/2014 by Theo Benedyk

Lewis Craig are delighted to announce the relocation of their retained client Eyeform Ltd, from their existing premises at 3 New Cavendish Street across the road to 28 New Cavendish Street.

With specific instructions to retain their Marylebone address, Lewis Craig utilised local market knowledge in relocating Eyeform Ltd to a smaller more manageable premises. This was an off-market situation in which we negotiated the acquisition of the lease from the existing tenant at 28 New Cavendish Street and simultaneously concluded terms for a new lease with the landlord.

Lewis Craig marketed and successfully arranged for a disposal of the lease on Eyefrom’s existing premises at 3 New Cavendish Street to Little Green Paint Company, an exciting brand taking their first Central London store following the success of their concession in Selfridges.

Eyeform is a unique business and has been located in Marylebone for over 20 years now. Specialising in creating glass eyes for people of all ages, Eyeform’s owner Kanti Fatania had the following to say. “I have been trying to relocate my business for many years now and it was only recently that I started working with Lewis Craig who made my vision become a reality.

They understood the importance of maintaining the location whilst reducing my occupancy costs, an exercise which they were able to carry out swiftly and well beyond my expectations. I would be delighted to recommend Lewis Craig”.

We wish Kanti and the staff of Eyeform the best of luck for the future in their new premises.

Please contact Ben Pistol at Lewis Craig for further information.

London’s first branch of Sharkey’s Cuts For Kids!

04/12/2013 by Theo Benedyk

Lewis Craig are pleased to have recently completed the leasing transaction, on behalf of a private landlord client, with London’s first branch of Sharkey’s Cuts For Kids, the fastest growing chain of kid’s hair salons in the world! The premises are situated on the world famous Abbey Road in St. John’s Wood, North West London.

Sharkey’s is a unique experience specially designed for kids, combining high-quality haircuts, the latest styles and kids-focused entertainment. The colourful fun-filled salons are bright & meticulously clean and completely geared to giving kids and their parents, a memorable experience. In a warm and friendly environment, hair-stylists entertain and amuse kids, so that getting the perfect haircut is a treat rather than an ordeal.

We wish Sharkey’s every success with their new salon, and indeed with their future expansion plans.

Greenwich’s New High Street Parade

27/06/2013 by Theo Benedyk

Lewis Craig and Kingsbury Consultants are jointly working on VFUND’s latest project.

The Creek Road development in Greenwich will provide exciting retail, restaurant and community use space within a newly developed landmark scheme in the heart of Royal Greenwich Town Centre opposite Cutty Sark DLR station.

The ground floor of the development will provide up to 1,538 sq m (16,563 sq ft) of flexible A1, A2, A3, D1 & D2 space with direct frontage onto Creek Road, arranged within 2 separate blocks, with the flexibility to sub-divide to suit occupier requirements. Servicing is provided via Bardsley Lane to the rear.

Greenwich is home to world famous landmarks, all within close proximity to the development, including Cutty Sark, The National Maritime Museum, The Royal Observatory and the Old Royal Naval College. It is situated within the heart of the Town Centre, on the A200 Creek Road, close to the junction with Greenwich Church Street and opposite Cutty Sark DLR station.

A diverse shopping and eating experience is already on offer, ranging from quirky shops, cafes and street markets through to established national retail and restaurant brands.

Being within the established leisure and restaurant circuit, plus within close proximity to numerous high profile residential developments, the scheme is likely to appeal to a range of national restaurant and retail operators, along with other specialist occupiers such as gyms.

The space will be finished to a shell and core state, and is expected to be ready for tenant fit out in the Autumn of 2014.

Creek Road Brochure

Biothecare Estetika open in East Sheen, Richmond!

24/04/2013 by Theo Benedyk

As we begin to peel those winter layers off and t-shirt weather just around the corner, Lewis Craig are delighted that our client Ernesto Moreno of  Biothecare Estetika has opened his first premises in a superb location in East Sheen, Richmond approximately a 2 minute walk from Mortlake Station.


Biothecare is a non-invasive beauty clinic  and the leading aesthetic centre in Europe with more than 180 centres worldwide. Lewis Craig are pleased to be involved with such a strong beauty brand with more Biothecare stores required!

Address: 50 Sheen Lane, London. SW14 8LP

Ernesto has exciting plans for London and we are now actively seeking to secure additional locations in good secondary parades in West London, South-West  London, and the West End, offering space between 800-1,500 sq ft.

Please call Ben Pistol (020 7009 0485) with opportunities, or for further information on our client’s requirement.

Devon & Devon open their Westbourne Grove showroom

22/01/2013 by Theo Benedyk

Devon & Devon, the world-renowned specialist bathroom supplier, have recently opened their doors at 77-79 Westbourne Grove, London W2. The premises have a superb double-front and comprise some 2,100 sq ft over ground and basement.

Devon & Devon have existing representation in key cities such as Bucharest, Chengdu, Hamburg, Istanbul, Nice, Paris, Tel Aviv, Warsaw and Vienna, and in Italy in Florence, Milan and Turin.

Lewis Craig have managed the parade on behalf of our client, Sandpiper Securities Limited, for over 20 years.


Biothecare Estetika retain Lewis Craig for London acquistions

01/10/2012 by Theo Benedyk

Since commencing trading in 2008, Biothecare Estetika now operates from over 170 clinics worldwide, with over 12 currently in operation across the UK.

Lewis Craig have been instructed by Biothecare Estetika London to seek suitable premises across London & Greater London, in order to push forward with their exciting expansion plans.

Ben Pistol, heading up the Biothecare London expansion programme, comments, “We are delighted to have been retained by Biothecare Estetika and already have several sites under consideration.”

Please click the logo below for our Property Requirement PDF

Size: Up to 1,500 sq ft at ground floor

Locations: Balham, Bloomsbury, Chiswick, City, Clapham, Covent Garden, Fitzrovia, Fulham & Chelsea, Holborn, Kensington, London Bridge, Soho, Victoria

Rent: Max £50,000 pax

Use: A1 or D1

Timing: Immediate

See for more details.

Biothecare Estetika is a non-intrusive Beauty centre offering a unique business, bringing unisex treatments to the high street, making the previously unobtainable, obtainable to the general public with a flat-fee rate. Some of the treatments offered include: IPL laser hair removal, cavitation for weight management, radio frequency, mesotherapy, photorejuvenation, cellulite treatments, electrostimulation and pressure therapy.


Venetia Studium seek a new London boutique

14/09/2012 by Theo Benedyk

After 12 successful years trading at 37 Beauchamp Place, world renowned company Venetia Studium, has instructed Lewis Craig to seek premises suitable for relocation.

Please click the logo below for our property requirement pdf.

Size: Up to 750 sq ft at ground floor

Locations: Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Kensington, South Kensington, Mayfair

Rent: Max 90,000 pax

Timing: Immediate

Venetia Studium’s activities range from the exclusive production of the original FORTUNY® lamps, to the creation of a vast range of interior design items such as cushions, wall hangings, tablerunners, etc and clothing accessories such as scarves, dresses and bags.

Venetia Studium’s production facilitiy currently occupies an area of 43,000 sq ft in the historic city centre of Venice, and employ a workforce of 80. The head office is at Palazzo Zuccato, a splendid late 18th century building just a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco in the heart of Venice, in Calle Larga XXII Marzo, an elegant Venetian shopping street.

Liverpool Flagship for Trailfinders

29/06/2012 by Theo Benedyk

Trailfinders new Liverpool Travel Centre is now open for business, located in the retail heart of the city at 36 Whitechapel, directly opposite the exclusive Metquarter shopping centre.

The stunning property, purchased freehold by our client, has dual frontages to Whitechapel and Williamson Street and extends to 8,200 sq ft arranged over ground, first and second floors. The property was previously occupied by Liverpool City Council as a showcase to welcome tourists for the 2008 capital of culture year.

Trailfinders have divided the ground floor to provide an exceptionally well fitted 2,400 sq ft travel centre, along with an attractive new self-contained retail unit created of some 900 sq ft fronting Williamson Street where we are now seeking a suitable retail tenant.

The self-contained first and second floor office space, comprising 4,900 sq ft, fitted to a high standard is being marketed through Robin Evans of Matthews & Goodman.

Lewis Craig, property advisers to Trailfinders, negotiated the freehold acquisition, involving a simultaneous surrender of the lease between Liverpool City Council and the previous owners of the property.

Contact Richard Grossman for further information and on Trailfinders continuing requirements.