Primark real estate chief turns kitchen site hunter

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The former estate director of clothing retailer Primark said he is up for the challenge of scouring the planet for prime urban locations to install delivery kitchens after joining up with Deliveroo.

David Ives will be responsible for growing the firm’s portfolio of delivery-only kitchens in his role as global property director of its Editions kitchens.

He brings a wealth of experience to the post having overseen property and real estate strategy for global brands for more than a decade, including seven years as head of new markets at Primark.

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In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of Primark’s real estate acquisitions for stores in new international markets, and managed transactions both in the UK and abroad.

Prior to that, he worked for Cushman & Wakefield for more than five years, in its London office, and then as head of international tenant representation in the Paris office, where he advised retailers on all property matters in France.

Mr Ives’ appointment comes as Deliveroo continues to expand its Editions offering.

After pioneering the concept of delivery-only kitchens a few years ago, Deliveroo now operates 37 Editions sites worldwide, and 18 Editions sites in the UK, including eleven in London, hosting 60 restaurant groups across the country.

Mr Ives said: “I am thrilled to join Deliveroo as it looks to further expand its Editions portfolio into new markets. Competition for prime, urban locations is high, and I am looking forward to bringing forward new sites where there is strong customer demand for delivery, and expanding the choice available to our customers.”

Deliveroo recently opened three new Editions sites in Bristol, Wandsworth and Bermondsey, housing restaurants including Shake Shack, Pho and Dishoom.

The kitchens are designed to offer restaurant partners an easy and cost-effective way of expanding their brands into new areas and reaching more customers, without having to invest in a bricks-and-mortar restaurant.

Restaurant partners can also benefit from using Deliveroo’s insights to identify prime locations to move into and the best cuisine for each area.

The Editions sites vary in size but are typically around 4,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet.

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