Investment

PLANS OF INVESTORS AND OWNERS

At the beginning of October, Union Investment and ACROSS invited leading industry experts to Hamburg to discuss the present as well as the future of retail parks. The following is a brief review.

Mitiska REIM has recently announced a strategic partnership with Karuzela Holding. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will form a joint venture in Poland, and Mitiska REIM’s FRI 2 fund will acquire a 50% holding in two retail parks and two gallerias owned by Karuzela, comprising a total GLA of 35,600 sq m, and both parties will co-develop four additional projects, comprising a total GLA of approximately 60,000 sq m.

Multi Corporation and Gemo Holding have sold Forum Poprad in Poprad. The asset has been acquired by the real estate fund of ZFP Investments and MAT Corporation, part of the DBK group.

Last year, City Aréna in Trnava, Slovakia, became the property of real estate developer Peter Korbačka. He and Sonae Sierra have recently signed a joint venture agreement to acquire three shopping centers in Spain for a total of EUR 485 million.

VIA Outlets is continuing the transformation of its portfolio across Europe. An expansion and remodeling program of €29 million, focusing on three outlets in Sweden, Spain, and Poland, began last autumn to help increase the overall guest experience and better position the outlets as premium shopping destinations across Europe.

Ingka Centres, formerly IKEA Centres, unveils a major new strategic vision that will see it invest €5.8 bn over the next three years – and sets off for the Indian subcontinent.

Helaba finances Atrium European Real Estate’s purchase of Wars Sawa Junior for EUR 170 million. The shopping center, located in the Polish capital, comprises 26,000 sq m of retail space.

The acquisition of Trnava City Arena in Slovakia has been recently completed. Peter Korbačka acquired the shopping center from Vladimír Poór. Negotiations lasted for nearly a year. The price as well as other transactional details have not been disclosed and remain subject to business privacy. However, this is one of the country’s most important retail segment transactions of the year.

Marcus Mack, from TH Real Estate, believes that the country’s retail market is more active than ever before. As a result, he and his team have recently set up a new Germany-focused retail vehicle. With a target portfolio size of €400 million, it has a proposed term of 10 years, with a two-year renewal option.

The Home Rocket crowdfunding platform has been activated on behalf of the ece in Kapfenberg, Styria. Its objective is to contribute to the financing of a health care area in the shopping center.

According to Adam Pearce, Managing Partner at Kintyre, the currently inflated investment market for retail assets is not substantiated by the underlying trading environment for traditional brick-and-mortar retailers.

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