LCP has added a shopping centre in Bingley, West Yorkshire, to its growing portfolio. The 5 Rise Shopping Centre, acquired for an undisclosed sum, is an open-air convenience centre with 18 retail units over 62,094ft². It is anchored by a 17,000ft² Co-op supermarket with other retailers including Poundland, Home Bargains, Costa, Greggs, Timpsons and Card Factory. Other occupiers include Boots, BetFred and a Harvester pub. Only one unit of 1,995ft² remains available. The acquisition comes hot on the heels of its €164.7m (£138m) purchase of The Cwmbran Centre in Wales and the Galleries shopping centre in Washington, Sunderland, and takes the group’s retail acquisitions over the past 12 months to a record €358m (£300m).
George Kearney, asset manager at LCP, said the 5Rise Shopping Centre is at the heart of the community in Bingley, is close to the primary town centre bus stops and forms the main pedestrian link between Aldi and Lidl. “Bingley is a thriving market town and the centre is well used, with a healthy footfall, so we recognise it as a great investment. We understand just how important these smaller, local centres are to the communities they are located in and have focused our acquisitions over the past few years on this sector. As we are renowned for our proactive asset management approach, we’re looking forward to working with the tenants and local community, as well as attracting a new occupier for that final unit that’s available.”