Interviews

“Time is the currency” (ECE Retail Newsletter July 2018)

Klaus Rethmeier, ECE Director Key Account Management International Leasing, tells of the almost forgotten offline era, cool new coffee hot spots and centers as regional community hubs

Klaus Rethmeier

Klaus, you've been with ECE since 1996. How has business changed since then?

Of course, business has changed incredibly. Twenty years ago conditions were completely different. There was no Internet and no email. Also, in the new states of the Federal Republic of Germany there was a lot of catching up to do with regard to sales areas. For that reason, a large number of centers were established and they performed outstandingly. The introduction of the euro led to a slight dip, but then things took off again and ran very well. continue

Tradition meets street food (WE LOVE FOOD-Blog, April 2018)

"Metzgers" hits the ground running with a new street food style. Interview with Mike Griesch who created the brand

How did you come up with the idea of turning a traditional butcher shop into a modern business inspired by street food?

After around 20 years, we believed that our business was in need of an overhaul from the ground up and a new concept. For inspiration, we visited a lot at food truck events and trade fairs, and we also traveled abroad – especially to the United States. At the same time, we launched another concept: Wurstküche (“the sausage kitchen”). This is the name of a food bike that we use ourselves at private events. Our ideas gradually came together over time, giving birth to the Metzgers concept.

What is at the heart of the new concept? continue

"Making better use of our data" (ECE Retail Newsletter February 2018)

Steffen Eric Friedlein, Managing Director Leasing since January 1, on new technologies and adventures in the African bush

In view of the current leasing market, how optimistic or pessimistic were you feeling when you started in your new role?

With all due respect for the challenges faced by the retail sector: I do not see much point in pessimism. Naturally, there is some intensive discussion about conditions, since some of our partners also need to adapt to changed market conditions – but that was also the case from time to time in the past. The important thing is to work together with our tenants to develop viable concepts for the future and to meet the changing demands of our customers... continue

„Leasing meeting in flip-flops“ (ECE Retail Newsletter December 2017)

Managing Director Leasing Klaus Striebich about crazy meetings with customers, clunky cell phones, and the future of retail

After 25 years at ECE, you hand over the Managing Director’s reins to your successor. Would you dare a look back at your career with ECE so far?

I fear I might just have to write a book. It’s almost impossible to sum up this time in a few sentences, as there have been so many wonderful experiences, stories, successes and developments.

Now you made us curious. Can you share a few anecdotes with us? continue