Corio acquired 'Le Vele shopping gallery and Millennium Entertainment center in Cagliari on Sardinia for 103.3 million at a net yield of 7.0%. The total shopping center comprises 44,400 m² GLA and 3,200 parking units. With this acquisition Corio acquired 31,900 m² of the total GLA. The remainder is owned by Carrefour. The acquisition will contribute to Corio's direct result as of 19 March 2010. The acquisition of Le Vele fits in with Corio's strategy, which focuses on shopping center dominance in the catchment area, good visibility and accessibility from surrounding principal routes and steady financial performance.
The 'Le Vele shopping gallery' opened in Cagliari in 1998 and the 'Millennium Entertainment centre' opened in 2001. Cagliari is the capital city of the Island of Sardinia (population of 1.6 million). The Island is one of the most famous summer tourist destinations in Europe. The Province of Cagliari is situated to the South of the Island and the major transport hubs for the Island are located there, such as the Elmas Airport (13 kilometers from the centre). Cagliari is the local center of the administrative and political power. Le Vele is situated in the midst of 4 highly populated and urbanized municipalities to the east of the city centre. One of the main transit routes in and out of the city, the Via Marconi, leads directly to Le Vele.
The center is also close to the city's ring road. Easy access is guaranteed by car as well as by public transport. The surrounding area of the centre is mainly residential. These areas provide a dense and immediate catchment population in addition to the population of the city of Cagliari. The catchment area (within 20 minutes drive) comprises around 350,000 persons (excluding tourists).