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Inside the battle between Westfield and retailers

While the retail industry grimly battles the economic fallout of Covid-19, a related conflict is emerging from behind the scenes. Landlords and retailers have been fiercely negotiating for a leasing arrangement that will see both parties survive the pandemic, with the Shopping Centre Council recently stating that retail landlords can’t afford to continue supporting struggling tenants. However, this cold war bubbled to the surface last week when Westfield-operator Scentre Group locked a number