UK Commercial Property REIT Limited (UKCM) has acquired Trafford Retail Park, near Manchester, from Peel L&P for €38.6m (£33m). Constructed in 1999, the c. 12-acre site comprises approximately 13,285m² (143,000ft²) of retail warehouse accommodation across fourteen units, ranging in size from 185m² to 3251m²(2,000 to 35,000ft²). The asset is currently 100% let to a range of retail tenants including Dunelm, B&M, TK Maxx and Home Bargains. It also provides a strong food and beverage offering that includes Nando’s, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, and the recently completed Five Guys letting. The park delivers an annual income of circa €2.9m (£2.5m) per year, with an average rent of €20 (£17.17) psf across all units.
Trafford Retail Park is well located in the heart of TRAFFORDCITY, one of the UK’s leading retail and leisure destinations, and benefits from high traffic and footfall, attracting 2.5 visitors per year. The park has an estimated catchment of c. 2.4 million people, with 1.5 million within a 20-minute drive. Its position on junction 10 of the M60 and substantial food and beverage offering means it also provides a quasi-motorway service station function.
Kerri Hunter, Fund Manager at UKCM, commented: “This deal presents us with an opportunity to strengthen our portfolio and enhance income through the acquisition of a well-located retail park with a high-quality tenant base and impressive footfall in one of the UK’s premier shopping and leisure destinations. While some parts of the retail sector have struggled in recent years, Trafford Retail Park is primarily let to discount focused and convenience led retailers, which have proven resilient and continue to perform well. As a diversified REIT, we benefit from the ability to look for assets across a range of sectors that offer accretive returns, enabling us to deliver value and income to our investors.”