Category: City Living

Treaty Centre: the death of Debenhams.

If I were marketing commercial space in a shopping mall, like Hounslow’s Treaty Centre, I would have described Debenhams as being the anchor of the site. It was a well known department store and one of its roles was to draw shoppers in the area so they could visit other shops in the building. But…

By Steviemac 22 April 2022 0

Treaty Centre fieldwork

My analysis of the Treaty Centre last week needed some field work. I made a tour of the interior of the Treaty Centre to look for signs of businesses suffering and how the space was being used. The entrance area before the sliding doors has market-type stalls selling fruit & vegetables. The area is flanked…

By Steviemac 10 September 2021 0

Treaty Centre trouble

Like other retail spaces, Hounslow’s Treaty Centre has endured a tough trading period since the first Covid lockdown in March 2020. It lost its ‘anchor tenant’ Debenhams in May 2021 when the company could not find a buyer. Marketing of the Treaty Centre in the commercial property press emphasised the value of Debenhams on the…

By Steviemac 3 September 2021 0

Belonging in cities?

It is a great conceit that only one kind of people can lay claim to any urban space. Yet that conceit is central to urban life and how cities change. I have just seen a documentary on the life of legendary dancer, singer, spy, civil rights activist Josephine Baker. On my bedroom wall I have…

By Steviemac 20 August 2021 0