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The Centre, Livingston, Scotland. /// credit: BARQUES
The Centre, Livingston, Scotland. /// credit: BARQUES

M Core acquires The Centre Livingston, Scotland

LCP and Evolve Estates have jointly acquired their largest retail center yet – The Centre, Livingston.

The 93,000 sq m retail and leisure destination, located in the center of the town, just three miles from the M8 and nine miles from Edinburgh Airport, was acquired for an undisclosed sum.

With 166 shops, restaurants, cafes and leisure amenities, it is the home of big fashion brands including River Island, H&M, Primark and M&S, and is anchored by an ASDA store that stretches over about 9,300 sq m. There are also three car parks nearby, with a total of 3000 spaces.

Danny O’Keefe, founding partner Evolve, said the ambitious acquisition of the retail center marks a new chapter for the organization: “I am pleased to add this scheme to our established joint venture with LCP,” he said. “For the past few years, we have focused on building our retail portfolio, acquiring convenience-led shopping parades, centres and retail parks across the UK, which we believe to be undervalued and offer long-term rental growth.

“The Centre Livingston is our most ambitious retail acquisition yet in the UK and we are excited about the possibilities for improving it, which our proactive in-house team of experienced asset and property managers will be looking at now. They have a significant network of contacts across many national brands and they are already looking to attract big names as well as ambitious local traders who want to grow their businesses,” continues O´Keefe.

Ben Chislett, group chief operating officer at LCP, adds, “One of the questions we always ask when looking to acquire retail centres is ‘does it have potential to improve?’ and we believe The Centre Livingston does. The annual footfall is approximately 14.5m and the latest data show that people stay there for well over an hour and spend £62 a head at a time. We want to increase these figures further and enhance the shopping and leisure experience for those millions of people who visit the center every year. We are really looking forward to getting to know the tenants and engaging the local community.”