ARC Retail, incorporating Downing Bentley, is an independent retail and leisure property consultancy with over 50 years combined experience.

We provide specialist advice offering a full range of property related services including lease advisory, asset management, rent reviews, lease renewals, property management, development and investment consultancy.

Our in-depth market knowledge of occupier’s requirements enables us to offer a comprehensive service to our clients.

We currently advise landlords on over 1 million sq ft of either retail or leisure space and have transacted over 50 lettings and acquisitions in the last 12 months where all work is undertaken at director level.  We cover national and regional markets and our success is driven by our extensive experience, working closely as a team and proactive approach.


ARC Retail are delighted to announce the completion of the merger with Cheltenham-based retail property specialists Downing Bentley. Pete Downing will remain as a consultant to ARC Retail.

Andy Smallman, principal of ARC Retail commented “this merger will provide us with significantly increased presence in the retail market within the South Midlands and South-West where we are already extremely active. Downing Bentley have exceptionally strong ties to, and contacts in, not only Cheltenham but also many of the surrounding towns where they have been dealing with retail property on behalf of landlords, developers and retailers since 1987. Most recently they played a pivotal role in bringing John Lewis to Cheltenham on behalf of clients, Blackrock. Downing Bentley also act for a number of multiple retailers in their national acquisition programmes”.

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Barnstaple - 40 High Street EX31 1BZ

Prime shop to let in High Street Barnstaple providing 1,447 sq ft of sales available on a new lease. Nearby occupiers include Boots, Clinton Cards, Natwest, JD Sports and Waterstones. Joules have recently doubled up in the town and Loungers have recently acquired a café bar on High Street.

Innsworth, Gloucestershire - Commercial development site

We are delighted to be acting on behalf of Robert Hitchins in the marketing of a new district centre at the heart of Innsworth, a growing residential suburb on the north side of Gloucester. This 10 acre development site forms part of a wider mixed use scheme comprising 1,300 new homes, an office park and business park.

The District Centre benefits from outline planning consent for a supermarket of 21,528 sqft (2,000 sqm) GIA, retail kiosk units, public house/restaurant, leisure centre, health centre, nursery, community centre and offices. Alternative uses may also be permitted subject to planning.

Portishead - 1 The Piazza, BS20 7EL

A very prominent retail unit extending to 1,671 sq ft with extensive glazed frontages on to Harbour Road and situated opposite Waitrose. There are very few available retail premises in Portishead and these premises are to be made available on a new lease at the end of 2019.

Gloucester - Bakers Quay

We are delighted to have been appointed on behalf of Rokeby Developments and Merchant Place in the marketing of Provender Building which is Phase one of Bakers Quay regeneration project. The units are built and ready for immediate occupation with A1/A2/A3 planning consents.

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