ICSC: International Council of Shopping Centers


Portuguese Association of Shopping Centres (A.P.C.C.)


What is the APCC?

Founded in 1984, the Portuguese Council of Shopping Centres - APCC, is a national scope and not-for-profit association and currently has 68 members representing a total of 98 Shopping Centres, with a Gross Leasable Area – GLA of 2.416.519 m2.

The Associated Shopping Centres cover 8.288 small and large retailers, representing 70.000 direct jobs, and more than 205.000 indirect jobs.
All members are also affiliated members of ICSC – International Council of Shopping Centres.

APCC is also member of European Property Federation – EPF. Founded in Brussels in 1997, this organism represents all aspects of private property ownership and investment; residential landlords, commercial property companies, shopping centres and property interests of the institutional investors.


The objectives of the Portuguese Association of Shopping Centres are the protection of the legitimate interests and rights of the owners, promoters and managers of commercial developments designated as Shopping Centres, as well as enhancing their standing, the legal and strict definition of this type of integrated commercial complex, and to mediate with Public Administration entities in the preparation of legislation.

Who can join the APCC?

APCC has two kinds of members: owners, managers and promoters of Shopping Centres are full members; institutional, company and complementary members are associate members. Those which, within the scope of their activity, study, analyse or express views on the design and location of shopping centres, are considered to be institutional members. Company Members are all companies directly or indirectly co- operating in the design, construction, commercialisation, and in the promotion or management of shopping centres. Complementary members are companies running anchor shops with an area in excess of 2000m2, or running commercial chains with more than 5 shops, partially or totally, located at Shopping Centres.

Main Areas of Operation

1) Information

The association issues every two months a newsletter, circulated to all its members, with information on the activities of the A.P.C.C. and national and international news relevant to the sector.

It publishes every other month a magazine entitled “SHOPPING - CENTROS COMERCIAIS EM REVISTA”, circulated to numerous public sector entities, national and foreign, besides its members and the respective shop owners.

Since 1996, it publishes a Directory of the sector containing the characteristics and information of all Shopping Centres registered with the A.P.C.C.
Online information about the Association and the sector of Shopping Centres (http://www.apcc.pt).

2) Training

Organizes conferences and seminars on subjects relating to commerce in general and to the industry of shopping centres in particular, for the training of professionals of the sector.
Arrange technical visits to shopping centres, which, due to their characteristics are of a special interest to its members.

Advanced Programme in Retail Space and Shopping Centres Management (PAGECC), in partnership with Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

3) Relationship with institutions

The APCC is permanently in contact with the Government to protect the interests of the sector, co-operating in the preparation of specific legislation, participating in meetings and presenting documentation on the position of the Association in respect of specific matters, which may affect the industry of shopping centres.

4) Investigation

The A.P.C.C. makes specific studies of the sector through Technical Committees operating in the Marketing and Management, Architecture and Urbanism, and Legal areas.

It maintains a permanently updated database with information on the Shopping Centres members of the Association.

5) Public Relations

The Association provides the press and Government institutions with up to date information on shopping centres and on their business ventures, to promote the image of the sector.

For more information please contact:

Associação Portuguesa de Centros Comerciais
Portuguese Council of Shopping Centers

Pedro Teixeira
Secretary General

Av. Eng.º Duarte Pacheco, Amoreiras

Torre 2, Piso 9, Sala 2
1070-102 Lisboa
Tel: +351 213 193 188
Fax: +351 213 543 401
a-mail: geral@apcc.pt