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Michael Baker

Michael Baker is a Sydney-based retail consultant and former head of research at the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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Opinion: Think shopping centres are dying? Think again

The rhetoric around the downfall of shopping centres is back, thanks to the pandemic.

Navigating the perfect storm: Social distancing and the collapse of tourism

How are shopping centres finding new ways to deal with the restrictions that the pandemic has brought to the retail land...

Shopping centres: Here’s what the stock market isn’t telling you

Centres need to read between the lines of the stock market before jumping to any conclusions about the future.

What outlet centres do differently

They're not about fostering "community", but they're still thriving.

The hypocrisy of fake authenticity

Retail developers are not getting far in their efforts to make shopping centres into vibrant, nurturing community spaces...

Mall meets big top

Can Cirque du Soleil’s move into malls help shopping centres scale new heights?

Bon-Ton bites the dust

Another big name US retailer has been liquidated, compounding the sector’s well-documented woes. But it’s not always bad...

Department store concessions – the rot stops here

Global retailers look to shop-in-shop concepts for inspiration. 

The secret to a retail slimdown

In the US, Kohl’s department store experiments shrinking its floorspace, rather than closing stores down.

Dodging a bullet

Will Australian regional shopping centres face the same dismal fate as their US counterparts?

Landlords dig in as store closings escalate

As retail store closures continue into the new year and e-commerce is on the rise, where does this leave shopping centre...

Franchising and the new shopping centre

Retail landlords face a raft of challenges, with some tough decisions needed to be made in order for shopping centres to...

Is retail property maxed out on luxe?

Landlords have been making big bets on luxury.

The evolution becomes a revolution

Australian landlords will need to take some serious risks on more than one new paradigm to avoid fading away.

Time for a makeover?

As more apparel retailers close their stores and the health and beauty sector is on the rise, it’s time for centres to r...

A sad farewell

As apparel retailers struggle across the world, how does the increase in closures impact the property landscape?

Do we have room for more factory outlets?

Nothing excites shoppers like huge discounts, so is it time for Australia to follow in the steps of the US and create mo...

The writing’s on the mall

Are you a retailer looking to go big in the USA? Think again.

Lap of luxury

From the ruins of Angkor and a stone’s throw away from the former city’s temples, a luxurious shopping destination has e...

From shopping centre to exploratorium

An inside look at one of the most most profound rethinks of the shopping centre experience to be seen anywhere in the wo...