Recently, Michael Witts a Director at Mainbrace attended the Large Format Retail Association (LFRA) study tour of Denver and New York along with 35 other delegates. It is is run every year, this year lead by Phil Schoutrop – Director of the Buchan Group Architects. The tour is designed to help the attendees further understand the retail environment and aspects of design and construction practices used overseas and to act as a comparison to the quality and direction of similar projects in Australia.
The tour was packed with visits to huge US Shopping Centres such as Woodbury Common, Westchester’s Ridge Hill and World Trade Centre – Westfield and major retail giants – Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Bed, Bath & Beyond & Costco to name a few. Michael did manage to fit in a few fun stops along the way including taking in a Yankees game and visiting the New York Victoria Secret Store (which he maintains was for ‘research’ purposes).