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Shopping centers and hotels have increasingly become complementary assets that together, particularly in city-center locations, form a mutually reinforcing symbiosis. Both asset classes are characterized by a variety of offers, service qualities, and experience factors. When combined, the result is an even better mix of uses and, therefore, a win-win situation for everyone involved, explains Torsten Kuttig, Director Hotel Development at ECE Work & Live.

Shopping centers and hotels have increasingly become complementary assets that together, particularly in city-center locations, form a mutually reinforcing symbiosis. Both asset classes are characterized by a variety of offers, service qualities, and experience factors. When combined, the result is an even better mix of uses and, therefore, a win-win situation for everyone involved, explains Torsten Kuttig, Director Hotel Development at ECE Work & Live.

Kintyre has acquired the Kant Center in Berlin Charlottenburg together with its long-standing partner TPG Angelo Gordon. The property was acquired by Credit Suisse Real Estate Fund International as part of an asset deal initiated by CBRE.

Sonae Sierra avoided €22 million in operating costs during 2023 by implementing a wide range of measures that improved eco-efficiency levels. According to the Economic Environmental and Social Report (EES Report) for 2023, the company has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 88% since 2005, reduced its electricity consumption by 68% since 2002 and achieved a 41% reduction in water consumption since 2003. The firm’s waste recycling rate has significantly increased 255% since 2002, reaching 67% in 2023.

NEPI Rockcastle achieved a 12.7% uplift in net operating income (NOI) to 135 million euros in the first quarter (Q1) of 2024 versus Q1 2023. On a like-for-like (LFL) basis NOI was up 9.4%. This solid growth was driven by higher base rents and tenant turnover as well as tight management of operating costs across its retail property portfolio, the largest in Central and Eastern Europe, reveals NEPI Rockcastle in its latest Q1 2024 business update.

The real estate market is truly gaining pace after two years of slowdown. New buildings in Bratislava city center have maintained relatively stable price levels despite interest rate hikes, and the combination of a recovering segment and an exceptional project can present a promising investment opportunity. As investors have historically found, purchasing a new apartment in Bratislava prior toconstruction will reap returns, states Peter Píš, JTRE’s Commercial Director.

The gateway to Bratislava’s rapidly expanding downtown has seen outstanding levels of interest: 135 of the 650 residences have already been sold in the pre-sale phase. JTRE’s new Downtown Yards project aims to combine the city’s contemporary cosmopolitan atmosphere with the Nivy area’s tranquil atmosphere. This modern mixed-use ‘sustainable city’ neighbourhood is under construction, and great initial market launch prices for new homes are available right now.

Kaufland operates more than 1,500 large supermarkets in eight European countries. Whether in Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Republic of Moldova or Germany – the stores have not only impressed customers, but also the real estate industry time and time again. At the 19th SEE Real Estate Awards in Bucharest, Kaufland was also recognized for its successful work and ongoing European expansion.

MEC is significantly expanding the portfolio of commercial sites it operates. The Düsseldorf-based company has now entered into an agreement with the investment consultancy SCP Group to manage eight German commercial sites with a total rental area of approximately 130,000 sq m. With the expansion of its portfolio, MEC now operates nearly 80 commercial sites nationwide, covering over 1.7 million sq m of rental space. 

As of April 01, 2024, Martin Hemetsberger took over the management of the “Real Estate Development” division at real estate developer and operator SES Spar European Shopping Centers at the company’s headquarters in Salzburg. He is responsible for the development and further development of large-scale shopping destinations in six countries. Hemetsberger will report to SES CDO Alexander Eck, who has been in charge of development in addition to his role as a member of the SES Management Board.

According to the German Süddeutsche Zeitung, Union Investment wants to sell the shopping arcade “Fünf Höfe” in Munich´s old town center to one of Germany’s richest families. The purchase price is expected to be just under 800 million euros.

ambas Real Estate GmbH is celebrating its tenth anniversary on March 1, 2024. Since launching its market activities in 2014, the Mainz-based company has developed into an internationally active market player in the retail and mixed-use real estate sector as an independent consulting boutique. “We are delighted with the great projects that we have been able to successfully complete during this time and the trusting business partnerships that we can continue to rely on in the future!” says Managing Partner Klaus Mennickheim.