Credit: Union Investment
Credit: Union Investment

UNION INVESTMENT ACQUIRES HYPERMARKET IN LISBON, PORTUGAL’S LARGEST SHOPPING CENTER

Union Investment has acquired the Continente Colombo hypermarket operated by food retailer Sonae MC in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. The hypermarket possesses an extensive foyer featuring various service, retail, and restaurant units and covers a total area of 23,445 sq m.

The acquired property forms part of the Colombo shopping center, which opened in 1997 and is Portugal’s dominant and most frequented shopping center with over 300 tenants. The acquisition will be added to the portfolio of institutional open-ended real estate fund UniInstitutional European Real Estate. The parties agreed to not disclose the purchase price.

“With the acquisition of Continente Colombo, we are taking advantage of a great opportunity to further diversify our real estate portfolio in Iberia and enter the retail real estate segment in Portugal for the first time,” said Laura Roll, Investment Manager at Union Investment.

Alongside its attractive mix of uses, the Colombo shopping center benefits from a highly frequented location directly opposite the Estádio da Luz stadium and easy access. The shopping center is accessible via the Segunda Circular, the main traffic artery which links the western and eastern parts of Lisbon by car. The property is also particularly well served by Lisbon’s public transport system, with direct access to the metro network and an adjacent bus terminal.

“With the acquisition of Continente Colombo we’ve succeeded in combining the two major focuses of our retail investment strategy, which constitutes of grocery-anchored retail on the one hand and of best-in-class shopping centers on the other hand. We will further continue to selectively expand our portfolio in both areas,” said Roman Müller, Senior Investment Manager at Union Investment.

Union Investment was advised by Linklaters, Cushman & Wakefield, and Sonae Sierra, who will also manage the property on behalf of Union Investment.

Jamestown Europe GmbH managed the disposition on behalf of a separate account of a Luxembourg pension fund and was advised by Garrigues and Arcadis.

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