15 January 2019 – Eje Prime
Pelayo Capital is throwing itself into the Spanish retail sector during its second year of life. The Galician family office, which is currently working on the conversion of the Dolce Vita shopping centre in A Coruña into a retail park, is planning to replicate the project in other Spanish cities with an investment of more than €90 million, according to Íñigo Veiga, CEO of the company, speaking to EjePrime.
Similarly, the group wants to add high street stores to its portfolio of assets during the course of this year. In this sense, Pelayo Capital is on the hunt for properties located in Madrid, Galicia and Asturias, in particular, in which it plans to invest at least €1 million. “We are not ruling out other cities either, given that our strategy involves working hand in hand with retailers”, said the director.
Breogán Park is the company’s star project, an asset in which the company is going to invest €60 million and which will be inaugurated in the spring of 2021. It is the first project undertaken in Spain to involve the demolition and conversion of a shopping centre into a retail park. “The initiative that takes advantage of the demand for these types of assets in many cities around the country”, said the executive.
The surface area, spanning 45,000 m2, will have 2,500 parking spaces and used to house the Dolce Vita shopping complex until 2014. “It is a great opportunity to build a retail park in A Coruña; we are not going to find any others because there is no land available in the city on which to build a retail park of this size”, explained Veiga.
Pelayo Capital is looking for ways to handle the maturity of shopping centres and the boom in e-commerce in Spain by committing itself to retail parks and commercial premises located on the most prime streets. For this reason, the company has just purchased its first asset at number 103 Calle Hermosilla in Madrid, revealed the director.
“We do not have an investment objective or commitment, because we believe that pressure can lead to errors”, explained Veiga. Saddled between Galicia and Madrid, Pelayo Capital has the support of investors with different profiles and is not averse to the idea of backing the logistics or residential markets in the long term.
The company was created in 2017 hand in hand with Breogán Park, a project that launched it into the midst of the Spanish real estate sector. Although it is also working on the rehabilitation of a residential building in A Coruña, Pelayo Capital has placed its focus on retail and for that reason, it has hired Luis Íñiguez, former director of JLL’s retail division in Spain, as senior advisor to the company.
Original story: Eje Prime (by Berta Seijo)
Translation: Carmel Drake