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Shopping centre group Intu recently announced that it had identified space for 5,000 new-build homes and 600 hotel rooms that could be constructed alongside its centres as it grapples with the problem of what to do with its masses of space as its retail tenants endure tough times.

This comes alongside news from the US that Wal-mart is to build what it calls ‘town centres’ on its extra car parking space at a number of its massive stores. These will involve it filling these areas with the likes of restaurants, driving ranges, bowling alleys and curated local food vendors that complement its superstores’ proposition.

Read the full article from the Retail Insider here