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Retail trends and opportunities

November 16, 2017

Mid-mall retail presents a good opportunity for you to jump on board seasonal trends and adapt your product offering accordingly. In this guide we have put together 7 consumer trends that have been flying off the shelves this year and ones which will grow in popularity in 2018.


Festive products






Trends: Gifts (£10 and under), Christmas themed bath bombs and scented products, Elf on the Shelf, calendars, fidget spinners, novelty items, personalised items e.g. Christmas decorations and baubles.


Opportunities: (click for more info)

Christmas Mall Space Available - Park Centre, Belfast

Christmas Pop-Up Shop - Langney, Eastbourne

Toy Retailer - Ridings, Wakefield




E Cigarettes



Trends:  2.5 million people now vape e cigarettes in the UK compared to only 700,000 in 2007. Popular amongst a younger demographic, trends for 2018 are likely to head in the direction of disposable and rechargable e cigs, multiple flavours such as menthol, mint, watermelon, pink bubble gum and a mixture of the essences of many fruits.


Opportunities (click for more info)

E-Cig kiosk - Cornmill, Darlington

E-Cig kiosk - Harvey, Harlow

E-Cig kiosk - Octagon, Burton upon Trent

E-Cig kiosk - Avenue, Newton Mearns 







Trends: Try to up sell your services, for example a mid-mall brow bar may not soley offer brow services but expand their offering to other beauty treatments such as eyelash extensions and waxing.

In the nail bar industry, marketers are adapting their nail polish to cruelty-free, vegan and gluten-free ranges with organic/natural ingredients. Creating nail art through innovative use of technology will also become more popular. 



Opportunities (click for more info)

Brow Bar - St Cuthberts, Chester-le-Street

Nail Bar - The Beacon, North Shields

Nail Bar - Priory Meadows, Hastings

Nail Bar - Arndale, Morecambe

Fingernails2Go - various locations 




Fruit & Veg




Trends:  With healthy eating on the rise, more and more consumers are looking for a quick on-the-go fix. Trends include organic fruit/veg subscription boxes, fruit juices and smoothies, wonky vegetables, seasonal trends e.g. sell pumpkins at Halloween, offer strawberries and cream during Wimbledon.


Opportunities (click for more info)

Fruit & Veg stall - Keel Row, Blyth

Fruit & Veg stall - Beacon, North Shields

Fruit & Veg stall - St George's, Gravesend







Trends:  Rose gold, mis-matched earrings, chokers, hooped earrings, charm bracelets.


Opportunities (click for more info)

Jewellery retailer - The Octagon, Burton upon Trent

Jewellery retailer -  The Cornmill, Darlington









Trends floral personalisation e.g. printing on petals, changing stock for seasonal events e.g. Christmas wreaths, holly and mistletoe.



Florist - Kingdom, Glenrothes

Florist - Swan Centre, Kidderminster

Florist - Cornmill, Darlington

Florist - Templars Square, Cowley




Food & Beverage



Trends:  Pop-up street food e.g. Indian snacks, bubble tea, macaroons, rolled ice cream, glitter coffee (yes, this is a thing!), innovative gin flavours, wine cheese and charcuterie.



Sweet Seller - Kingdom, Glenrothes

Food caterer - Forum, Wallsend

Sweet Factory (pick n mix) - various locations  



If you are interested in any of the opportunities above, please email info@forumcentrespace.co.uk or call 0191 226 8844 (Newcastle) 020 7043 4626 (London).



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