Huw Thomas  BSc, MRICS
Director, Retail and Leisure Agency; Lease Advisory

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About Huw

Huw Thomas is Director of Retail and Leisure Agency advising landlords, retail occupiers and developers on Welsh High Streets, Shopping Centres and Out of Town Retail.

Huw is Director of Retail and Leisure Agency, Welsh specialists with unrivalled coverage and active on every high street across South Wales. He is an expert with over 20 years’ experience in selling, letting and acquiring shops, shopping centres and retail parks throughout the UK. He advises institutional and local landlords and developers on lettings and sales, and national, multiple and local retailers on leasehold acquisition and freehold properties. He also provides strategic development advice and is regularly involved in consultancy projects for public and private sector clients. He regularly acts as Expert Witness in rent review and lease renewal disputes. Huw is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Areas of Expertise

Experience

  • Letting agent on new 400,000 sq ft Friars Walk shopping centre, Newport for Queensberry Real Estate during 18 months leadup to launch
  • Retained retail advisors for retailers including Greggs Plc, Principality Building Society, Specsavers, Ladbrokes, Starbucks, Burger King, Connells Group, Austin Reed, British Heart Foundation
  • Retained letting agents on key Welsh shopping centres including Capitol Shopping Centre in Cardiff; St Elli Shopping Centre, Llanelli; The Rhiw Shopping Centre, Bridgend; Gwent Shopping Centre, Tredegar.

Qualifications

  • BSc
  • MRICS
  • Member of Shop Agency Society
  • Former Member of RICS Board and South Wales RICS matrics Committee

Interests

When not being henpecked by his three daughters, Huw enjoys singing and competing with Cordydd (a mixed voice choir based in Cardiff), road cycling and watching rugby.

I have worked with Jeremy Symons over the past three years successfully leasing and buying property in support of my business. I continue to be very pleased with his knowledge of the market and expertise. Our relationship over this time has resulted in acquiring 20,000 sq ft at Capital Business Park in Cardiff, leasing 11,000 sq ft at Southpoint, and subsequently leasing an initial 42,000 sq ft at Parc Bedwas, followed by a succession of expansions of a further 11,000 and then 47,000 sq ft, enabling us to centralise all of our operations at Parc Bedwas in a single 100,000 sq ft facility. The acquisitions were completed at the perfect time for tenant purposes and the rent fixed throughout the term at very economical rates. A job well done.

Bob James, Aerfin
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