Blackbrook Capital has acquired a portfolio of 22 convenience grocery stores in Spain from Lar Espana. The supermarkets are subject to long-term triple-net leases with Eroski, the third-largest grocery retailer in Spain and the dominant market leader in northern Spain and the Balearic Islands. The portfolio totals approximately 39,000m² of leasable area.
Eroski operates as a co-operative with more than 1.2 million customer and employee members. It is a key component of Mondragón Corporation, the largest co-operative in the world with interests in finance, industry, retail, and knowledge. Eroski is also a member of the largest purchasing alliance in Europe, with over €140bn of global turnover. In its financial year ending 31 January 2020, Eroski generated a turnover of over €5.2bn.
The 22 supermarkets are generally located in densely populated residential areas that should display resilience to future trends towards online food sales, having a captive consumer base from local neighbourhoods, and supporting omnichannel distribution with Eroski’s rapidly developing online platform. Eroski has been ranked as the leading online supermarket in Spain for the past three years. Deep infill and developed micro-locations combined with strict planning regulations support long-term asset value preservation.
Arvi A. I. Luoma, Co-Founder & CEO of Blackbrook, said: "Our second transaction in Iberia in 2021, this portfolio fits perfectly within our investment strategy – long-term net leases on high-quality mission-critical assets with tenants that are well-entrenched in their market. Grocery retail is a vibrant and growing sector that has demonstrated resilience throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, a trend that will only continue. This, coupled with urban locations of the sites which can support both consumer convenience and local e-commerce distribution needs, indicates to us that these will be strong performing assets for the long term.”
José Luis del Valle, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lar España, said: "We would like to thank Arvi and the Blackbrook team for closing this transaction in a timely fashion and as agreed from the outset. Blackbrook’s net lease and transactional expertise, combined with their ability to acquire the portfolio on an all-equity basis, made them the optimal counterparty for this transaction."