Wereldhave acquires second UK shopping center (NL/UK)

Wereldhave has reached agreement to acquire the freehold in Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre in Ealing, West London. The investment, including all costs, amounts to €182.2 million at a net initial yield of 6.5%. The transaction will be completed mid December 2011.

Wereldhave has also reached agreement on the sale of the Towers Business Park, Manchester for €55.1 million, close to book value.

Hans Pars, CEO Wereldhave, said: "These two transactions are important steps forward in realizing our strategy to create a UK portfolio of mid-sized shopping centers which are dominant in strong and sizeable catchments. It brings the share of shopping centers within our UK portfolio to 70%. The remainder consists primarily of London offices."

Ealing is a wealthy borough of London situated 13 km west of central London, with a population of 450,000 persons. The shopping center's primary and secondary catchment area amounts to approximately 235,000 persons. The center is a compact and attractive shopping environment with stable footfall levels over the past three years in excess of 15 million visitors per annum.

Constructed in 1984, the center dominates the retail offer in the town center and has frontages to The Broadway and High Street. It is anchored by Tesco, Primark, Marks & Spencer, H&M, River Island and New Look. Other national multiples include Argos, Boots, Currys Digital and Costa Coffee.

The total retail space of the Ealing Broadway shopping center (including Marks & Spencer) extends to some 35,000 m² and 76 shops.

Wereldhave will acquire the main part of the shopping center, consisting of 28,200 m² of retail space with 62 shops, parking facilities for well over 600 cars and offices above the center. There is potential to increase the performance of the center through a number of asset management initiatives. These include improving the tenant mix by attracting more successful retailers and improving the restaurant offer.

Source: Wereldhave

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