Chris Milliken is co-founder and Director of London based UK Outlet specialist Freeport Retail Limited. Chris has been involved in retail development for over 25 years and has completed developments in 9 European countries. Freeport is a joint venture partner in The Village, Villefontaine near Lyons in France which was voted Best Outlet Centre 2018 at last year’s MAPIC conference. With Europe now a mature market for outlets, Freeport opened its Asia office and in the last few years opened outlet centres in Malaysia and The Philippines He and the Freeport team are currently working on new Outlet projects in Bahrain and Georgia.
Freeport firmly believes in India as a major but challenging opportunity and Chris is focussed a programme of Freeport outlets in a range of cities across the country. The key to success he says is understanding the business needs of the retailers and brands and designing and operating centres that appeal to the shoppers in that particular location and climate.