Focus on retail properties

At the Grand Plaza

Retail properties will be a focus at Europe’s biggest trade fair for property and investment: you will meet retailers, project developers, investors and partners of the retail sector at numerous exhibitors’ booths and at the Grand Plaza. EXPO REAL offers the ideal conditions for you to look after your network in real estate and make valuable contacts with retail companies and other participants.

Popular meeting point for key players from the retail sector

Many renowned exhibitors from the retail sector and related areas are represented at EXPO REAL 2019, including Action, ALDI SÜD, Boels Rental, dm drogeriemarkt, dennree, German Council of Shopping Centers, HBB Hanseatische Betreuungs- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Kaufland, Lidl, Norma, Penny Markt, REWE Group, REWE Markt, Rossmann, TEDi, toom, Woolworth und x+bricks. This broad attendance emphasizes the great significance of retail properties with all their facets. And retail topics were also included in the EXPO REAL conference program: in the Grand Plaza program especially attuned to retail, this year industry experts will for example discuss department stores' strategies to win back customers and their function as achor in city centers.

Living up to its reputation of being the leading trade fair for retail properties, EXPO REAL features the Grand Plaza—an ideal setting for efficient networking. You will meet retailers and decision-makers and get valuable first-hand tips and information. If you visit the retail property trade fair, you will find many potential business partners from the complete supply chain.

The Grand Plaza—the retail property marketplace

The innovative marketplace concept facilitates the dialog between participants and is designed primarily for retailers willing to expand, chain stores, property developers, investors, shareholders, urban developers and local government representatives. It deliberately accommodates the idea of networking and making new retail contacts: prominently located in Hall C2, the 500-m² Grand Plaza has the impressive appearance of a modern market forum. The catering integrated in market stalls and a Speaker's Corner with top-notch presenters and a highly varied program round off the atmosphere.

Surrounded by the exhibitors working in the retail sector, the Grand Plaza offers the perfect environment for obtaining a wealth of information and communicating with the decision-makers in the industry. See for yourself: experience the unique atmosphere of the Grand Plaza in pictures.

EXPO REAL 2018: "Omnichannel Retail" at the Grand Plaza


The Grand Plaza at EXPO REAL 2018 was where retailers and their partners looked for direct access to the consumer. The focus was on a smart and connected way to approach the customer—summarized in the slogan "Omnichannel Retail".

Special show "Rethink Retail"

"Rethink Retail" zoom

While discussions are certainly helpful, some matters inevitably remain abstract. Which is why EXPO REAL has set up a special show at Grand Plaza entitled "Rethink Retail". Here, the digital possibilities addressed in the discussions are shown in purely practical terms. With these digitally supported concepts, the retail trade wishes to approach each customer specifically and offer a solution that’s tailor-made for him or her.

Get inspired: we present new and innovative concepts and options for the retail sector––with specific examples from augmented reality to touchtables and customizer tools.

In our "Photos & videos" section you will find impressions from the last year's event.

Enjoy the benefits for your success!

  • One-stop shop: numerous exhibitors from the retail property sector in the immediate vicinity of the Grand Plaza

  • Networking: systematic networking with decision-makers, retail companies and insiders of the retail sector

  • New impulses: retail-specific conference program at the Grand Plaza

  • Attractive meeting place: Grand Plaza market stalls and an exclusive evening event on the first day of the trade fair

Impressions from the Grand Plaza

By the way: you will find background stories and personal impressions of the concept of the Grand Plaza on the EXPO REAL blog. For even more news, impressions and updates go to our social media channels.