The planned redevelopment program for the 24,000 m² inner city StadtGalerie Witten shopping centre in North Rhine-Westphalia, has now passed its most significant milestone, with confirmation that construction will start on the reconfiguration of the centre in Spring 2018. The redevelopment will provide new anchor tenant TK Maxx with a new store of around. 2,200 m², taken on a long-term lease. Among other existing tenants, showing support for the redevelopment is Deichmann, who has taken an enlarged premise of around 600 m² on a long-term contract.
The StadtGalerie Witten was acquired in December 2013 by Curzon Capital Partners III, a fund advised by Tristan Capital Partners, with an intention to reposition the existing centre in conjunction with the Frankfurt-based asset management retail specialist Kintyre. Phase one of the redevelopment was successfully undertaken in 2015/2016 with a full reconfiguration of the basement level of the centre, seeing Saturn and Intersport take up long-term leases.
The planning application for the current second phase of the redevelopment has already been submitted, with construction due to start in spring and expected to last until early 2019. During the construction works the Stadt Galerie Witten will continue to operate as usual.
Jean-Philippe Blangy, Managing Director, Head of Asset Management at Tristan Capital Partners, said: “We have reached an important milestone with the commencement of the second phase of the redevelopment programme. The recent tenant additions underline the increasing attractiveness of StadtGalerie Witten, providing the local market with a strong retail offer. We are moving further towards the successful completion of our business plan and the realisation of a fully-stabilised institutional quality asset.”
Adam Pearce, Kintyre Investments’ Managing Partner said: “With the current uncertainty being shown within the retail occupier market, we are very pleased with the confidence our retail operating partners have shown regarding this planned redevelopment and their long-term occupation of the StadtGalerie Witten”.