Grosvenor has appointed Chris Jukes as director of Liverpool One, succeeding Alison Clegg who is retiring after leading the destination for 15 years.
Jukes joined Grosvenor in 2005 and has held various finance positions in Grosvenor Property UK and the broader Grosvenor business. Today he is responsible for finance in the UK property business’ development and investment teams, including Liverpool One.
Clegg has worked for Grosvenor for 15 years, joining in March 2007, ahead of the opening of the first phase of Liverpool One in May the following year. Involved with Liverpool One throughout her time at Grosvenor, she most recently successfully led the destination through the pandemic and its significant bounce back.
Grosvenor owns 23% of Liverpool One via the Grosvenor Liverpool Fund, and also manages the destination on behalf of all investors. Since opening in 2008, the 1.65 million ft2 (153,300 m2) regeneration scheme has grown to attract some 29 million visitors annually.
The evolving offer at Liverpool One has driven sales up 20.9% year-to-date compared to 2019.
Rachel Dickie, executive director, investment, Grosvenor Property UK said: 'Liverpool One is a testament to how a long-term approach to regeneration can revitalise city centres, drive employment and support wider economic growth. Since 2008, through sensitive stewardship it has successfully integrated into the wider city centre whilst retaining its unique sense of place.'
Said Jukes: 'The opportunity to lead Liverpool One is a hugely galvanising prospect. I joined Grosvenor in 2005 to work on the project, so to return and lead the team into the 15-year anniversary of Liverpool One is very rewarding.
'Whilst the retail sector faces many challenges, well-managed and curated destinations will continue to perform. With Eurovision coming to Liverpool next year, as well as our own milestone, it is set to be an exciting time for the UK’s most sociable city.'
Jukes will take up his new position on December 1, working alongside Clegg until her retirement in March 2023.