Belarus Power Retail Forum

Unique retail opportunities opening in Belarus

Belarus is becoming a promising platform for international retailers. Consumer spending is rising with the country’s commercial powerhouse, Minsk, producing 40 percent of the country’s GDP alone.

As the economy grows and more disposable income is generated, the people of Minsk are becoming more brand aware and have a growing appetite for international brands. Due to the current lack of fashion brands represented locally, Minsk suffers from retail tourism. Its demanding and mobile residents travel to more advanced retail destinations, such as Warsaw, Vilnius, and Moscow.

Recent research has shown that the population of Minsk spends over €170 million in Vilnius alone on branded fashion products. With an estimated €400 million gross being leaked out of the economy of Minsk each year, specifically on fashion goods.

However, it is still not high on the agendas’ of international retailers as an area for expansion and growth, but this is gradually changing.

Belarus Council of Shopping Centers ( with international publisher EuropaProperty. com is hosting their annual “Belarus Retail Forum” on September 27th at the Marriott Hotel in Minsk. Already confirmed are 30 local, regional and international retailers, with many more planning to attend.

The forum starts after lunch with opening remarks from our key note speaker (an international expert in retail) and continues with three dynamic discussion panels lead by the most active local and regional retailers.


13:00 – 13:30

The forum starts after lunch with opening remarks “Deal Making & Speed Dating” – where retailers meet developers and specialized CRE professionals through an organized process everyone is able to make a short presentation about themselves  

13:30 – 14:30

“Meet the Retailers” – participate in a discussion with six retail expansion directors. Where are the tenant opportunities? What new retailers
are coming to Belarus? Which ones are actively seeking to expand? What types of retailers are still needed? What new locations will they be looking for, and will they succeed?

Moderator Craig Smith Founder and Publisher of  

Sergey Dutin, General Director of LLC "Bel Food Service", KFC Belarus
David Harto Eckardt, Franchise & Expansion Director, Celio
Mishel Abdo, CEO, BNK Estate

14:30 – 15:00

Networking break

15:30 – 16:30

“Location! Location! Location!” – How attractive is the current retail- development stock? What is in the pipeline, and are there enough prime
locations for retailers to enter the market? Are we going to see an increase in development?


Jan Grunt, ‎Expansion and Investment Director LPP S.A.
Serdar Ersoy, Vice President-CGO, De Facto
Craig Smith, Publisher,


Q&A final networking break 

Attending – ticket prices 495 USD

Retailers that are part of the BCSC have complimentary entrance (non-members 250 USD)

Partnerships and Sponsorships

For more information please contact:

Zlatina Mikolajczyk / / tel: +48 509 267 665

For further information contact:

Craig Smith / +48 604 144 769 / 
Zlatina Mikołajczyk / + 48 509 267 665 /
Yulia Kosuha /  +375 29 200 25 18 / 
Alexander Kershteyn / +375 29 653 43 18 / 



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