Torre Sevilla Shopping Centre Opens its Doors

26 September 2018 – Eje Prime

Torre Sevilla has been completed, six years on. The shopping centre, promoted by CaixaBank, will open its doors to the public today, whereby culminating an urban development program that began to take shape in the 1990s. The complex alone, located in the centre of Sevilla, has involved an investment of €100 million, a third of the total amount spent on the macro-project.

Torre Sevilla is opening its doors at the height of the Retail Apocalypse and at a turbulent time for the sector in Sevilla: Palmas Altas announced last week that it has changed its name to Lagoh, whilst the Alcora shopping centre project has been cancelled.

The new complex in Sevilla is a mixed development that includes, as well as a shopping centre, an office building, a Eurostars hotel, CaixaForum Sevilla and Parque de Magallanes. The shopping centre, designed by the Argentinian architect César Pelli, comprises two large buildings with a gross leasable area (GLA) of 26,700 m2 and a constructed surface area of 43,000 m2.

The complex will open its doors with a 95% occupancy rate, and with Primark, Fnac and Ikea as the drivers. “People don’t go shopping anymore, they go for a walk, and formats such as hypermarkets are no longer the drivers”, explains Antonio Cayuela, President of BuildingCenter and sole administrator of Puerto Triana (the company that controls the complex).

In this sense, Cayuela emphasises the location of Torre Sevilla, in the heart of the city, and its integration with the office building and hotel, which ensures footfall “every day of the week”.

“Shopping centres are changing, just like retail: the trend is now returning to local businesses, with smaller but very accessible formats, close to the city”, says the executive. The property developer forecasts that the centre will receive around 8 million visitors per year.

Torre Sevilla’s offer includes, amongst others, the first stores from Ikea, Primark and Xiaomi in the city centre, as well as restaurants and services such as a gym and a catering facility – a cross between a supermarket and a restaurant – serving homemade food to take away.

“Hypermarkets are no longer the drivers”, says Cayuela. “We have ruled out cinemas, because they occupy a lot of space, because there are lots of them and because in the era of Netflix, they are no longer attractive”, he says.

“Omnichannel” corner to compete with the internet 

In this sense, Torre Sevilla is also planning to incorporate new concepts over the medium term to encourage omnichannel integration and attract footfall to the complex at a time when the online channel is gaining more and more traction.

In this sense, the company will launch a space called Omni Tech, which will integrate different omnichannel tools, such as click and collect. “We want to be a leader in the implementation of new ideas in terms of omnichannels; although I do not think that the online channel will ever completely substitute a physical purchase, it is important to have a good experience in person to attract people to stores”, says the executive.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Iria P. Gestal)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Torre Sevilla Shopping Centre Will Opens Its Doors on 26 Sept

10 September 2018 – Eje Prime

Torre Sevilla has set a date for its opening to the public. The shopping centre, which completes the architectural complex of the same name, will open its doors on Wednesday 26 September.

The opening of the complex will complete the Torre Sevilla architectural complex, a project in which CaixaBank has invested more than €320 million. Besides the shopping centre, Torre Sevilla is also home to an office block, the Eurostars Torre Sevilla hotel, CaixaForum Sevilla and the Parque de Magallanes.

Designed by the Argentinian architect César Pelli, the commercial complex comprises two large buildings, one with three floors and the other with four, which span constructed gross leasable areas (GLA) of 26,700 m2 and 43,000 m2, respectively. Moreover, the complex is located at the intersection that joins the Triana neighbourhood with the Isla de la Cartuja and the centre of Sevilla, the so-called “golden triangle” of the city.

The complex expects to attract 8 million visitors a year and will be home to operators such as Primark (its first store in Sevilla), Ikea, Fnac and H&M, amongst others. The initial space in the shopping centre has capacity for a total of 80 stores accessible along external walkways.

On the other hand, Torre Sevilla will also have a gastronomic space measuring 6,000 m2 and a fitness area whose facilities will occupy a surface area of 2,500 m2.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Cerberus Puts 2 of Bankia’s Prime Branches Up For Sale

12 March 2018 – El Confidencial

Cerberus wants to take advantage of the appetite that exists for retail premises on Spain’s main high streets at the moment and to this end, has opened a process to sell two of Bankia’s star branches, located on Plaza de Catalunya in Barcelona and at number 1 Calle Alcalá in Madrid, according to sources familiar with proceedings.

The operation has been instrumented through Haya Real Estate, the real estate servicer of Cerberus, which is in charge of managing the assets thanks to the contract signed with the entity, and has been organised as a closed process, rather than through the website, like it does with other assets when it puts them on the market.

In both cases, the bank chaired by José Ignacio Goirrigolzarri is planning to vacate the premises, so that the buyers can let them to a new tenant and whereby obtain more attractive offers.

The establishment located on Alcalá 1, a historical building dating back to the 19th century, has a surface area of 900 m2 spread over the ground floor and basement. The process, which was launched last month, has received interest from several parties looking to acquire the empty space.

On the plus side, it is located right next to the entrance of the well-known Puerta del Sol, and it is very close to Calle Preciados, the most expensive shopping street in Madrid, with an average rent of €3,180/m2, according to Cushman & Wakefield (C&W). On the downside, its shop window overlooking Calle Alcalá is very reduced.

Meanwhile, in Plaza de Cataluna, the 1,000 m2 branch that Bankia owns is homes to its headquarters in the Catalan capital. Haya already identified it at the end of last year as a serious candidate for sale, a decision that it took in the end boosted by the record retail investment figures.

According to figures from Savills-Aguirre Newman, investor interest in the commercial segment in 2017 allowed it to break records, reaching €3.5 billion, levels that the real estate consultancy expects will be maintained this year thanks to the strong outlook that still exists for tourism, amongst other factors.

Plaza de Catalunya is also one of the most commercial areas in Spain, with rents exceeding €1,200/m2, and with the added bonus that it is a genuine magnet for large fashion firms.

In fact, Uniqlo was on the verge of acquiring the 3,000 m2 that Fundación Montemadrid used to own next door to Bankia’s branch, a property that ended up being sold to Desigual to house its new flagship store. El Corte Inglés, Apple, Zara and Fnac are just some of the distinguished neighbours on this sought-after square.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Basque Family Office Invivas Sells Prime Retail Store in Bilbao

12 December 2017 – Eje Prime

A new operation has been signed in the heart of Bilbao. The Basque family office Invivas, which is backed by the family of Sabino Arrieta Heras, has sold a shop in the heart of the Basque city to Grupo Arenal. The purchaser is a family office specialising in investment in real estate assets and the owner of the Arenal perfume chain, according to explanations provided by the company to Eje Prime. The operation has been brokered by the real estate consultancy firm Catella.

Grupo Arenal, which did not want to disclose the amount of the operation, could have paid around €6 million for the asset. The property is located at number 3 Calle Navarra and its façade is more than 70m long. The store is located between the retail thoroughfares of Gran Vía, Rodríguez Arias and Ercilla.

It is a strategic location, which, as well as being home to the country’s major fashion retailers, such as El Corte Inglés, Inditex and Mango, is expecting to welcome a new Primark store soon; moreover, a high-speed train station is being built in the vicinity.

The space was the former main branch of Banesto in Bilbao and has a total surface area of 2,500 m2, spread over three floors. The first floor measures 777 m2, the ground floor spans 841 m2 and the basement has a surface area of 881 m2.

With this sale, Grupo Invivas, led by the former number two of the Basque Government’s Home Office (…) is divesting in the heart of Bilbao. This family office has been starring in real estate operations for several years, especially in the País Vasco, but also in the international market.

Its most recent purchases include a retail store in Miami, through Invivas Miami Real Estate, for €5.2 million (…). Four years ago, in the summer of 2013, it launched its operations in Germany with the purchase of a 1,000 m2 building in Frankfurt, used as offices and retail space, for €7 million (…).

The retail sector is thriving in the País Vasco  

One of the most active segments in Bilbao in recent months has been retail, as a result of the improvement in consumption. The activity in terms of new arrivals in the city has been led by domestic fashion brands, which have accounted for 44% of the new movements, followed by accessories firms (23%) and specialist brands (19%), according to a study compiled by the real estate consultancy firm CBRE (…).

The situation is similar in San Sebastián, where major groups such as Fnac and Zara have now arrived in the Mercado de San Martín; moreover, Pull&Bear, Mango and Violeta have set up shop in the former Kutxabank building (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by Custodio Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Klépierre Buys Nueva Condomina Shopping Centre (Murcia)

25 May 2017 – Expansión

Klépierre has strengthened its presence in Spain with the purchase of the Nueva Condomina shopping centre (Murcia), which is worth €233 million, according to a statement issued by the French multi-national.

Specifically, as a result of this acquisition, Nueva Condomina is now the third most important asset in Klépierre’s Spanish portfolio in terms of net rental income.

The property covers a surface area of 110,000 m2, split between the shopping centre (73,000 m2) and the retail park (37,000 m2).

Last year, the Murcian shopping centre received more than 11 million visitors and recorded store sales of €257 million. Tenants include several brands from the Inditex group, as well as Mango and Fnac.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

New Winds Group Buys Málaga Plaza Shopping Centre

31 March 2017 – Eje Prime

New Winds Group has purchased the Málaga Plaza Shopping Centre from Inversiones Igueldo. The asset, located in the financial and commercial heart of Málaga, has a gross leasable area of 6,600 m2, spread over three shopping floors and three underground floors containing 320 parking spaces.

The Málaga Plaza Shopping Centre was constructed in 1993 by the architect Ángel Asenjo and currently receives 3 million visitors per year. It is home to brands of the calibre of Burger King, FNAC, VivaGym and Primor, amongst others.

Over the next few months, New Winds Group will undertake an ambitious project to improve the shopping centre and will introduce new operators. Aguirre Newman has advised the divestment through an improvement in the occupancy rate and in the quality of the tenants and the subsequent sale at a profit.

New Winds Group is a Madrilenian real estate company linked to the Reyzábal family, known primarily for being the owner of the Windsor building. In recent years, it has acquired other shopping centres, such as Montecarmelo in the Spanish capital.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

ECI Sells Shopping Centre To Monthisa RE For €150M

10 October 2016 – Real Estate Press

El Corte Inglés has sold a shopping centre located on Paseo de la Castellana, 83-85 in Madrid to Monthisa Real Estate for €150 million and a return of just under 4%. Monthisa Real Estate has been advised by the international real estate consulancy Inmored.

The operation has been structured as a sale & leaseback, whereby El Corte Inglés will remain as the tenant for at least ten years. Currently, El Corte Inglés occupies this centre, which also houses a Bricor store, a branch of ECI’s travel agency and a veterinary hospital, open 24-hours a day.

The acquired space has a surface area of 17,500 sqm, which is divided into three above ground floors and three basement floors. The shopping centre is located on the ground, first, second and first basement floors. The second basement floor houses the car park and the technical services are located on the third basement floor. Both Monthisa Real Estate and Inmored declined to comment on the operation.

The Azca area is undergoing a transformation at the moment and investors are focusing on it. El Corte Inglés plans to build a shopping arcade for luxury brands on the plot of land it acquired from Adif two years ago, located between Paseo de la Castellana and its Nuevos Ministerios shopping centre. Meanwhile, Zara is going to open a new flagship store at number 76 Paseo de la Castellana on the premises that used to be occupied by Habitat and Fnac. And, the ground floor of the former headquarters of BBVA, owned by GMP, is currently being refurbished to house two other commercial premises.

The real estate consultancy Inmored, which was launched in 1995 and which is a member of The International Retail Network with offices in Europe and the USA, recently advised Inditex on the rental of an entire building on Calle Preciados, 9 in Madrid.

Original story: Real Estate Press

Translation: Carmel Drake

JLL: Inv’t In Retail Sector Falls By 27% In H1 To €1,278M

20 September 2016 – La Vanguardia

Real estate investment in the retail sector – which includes shopping centres, retail parks and other premises – decreased by 27% during the first half of the year to €1,279 million, as a result of the shortage of products in the market, according to data published yesterday by the real estate consultancy JLL.

Despite the decrease in investment during the first half of the year, the firm expects the full year to close roughly in line with 2015, when investment exceeded €3,000 million. Moreover, it does not detect any negative impact as a result of the political instability in Spain at the moment.

Spain accounted for 7% of all retail investment in Europe during the first half of 2016, to stand in fourth place in the overall ranking.

High street stores and shopping centres accounted for 25% and 23% of total investment in H1 2016, respectively, well below the 48% that each one of those segments represented a year ago.

Despite the decrease in investment, JLL is convinced that the fall is not indicative of a deceleration in the market. The number of operations completed during the first half of the year amounted to 38, exceeding the 23 signed a year earlier.

Nevertheless, the average size of those transactions decreased by half to €40 million. Most, 18, corresponded to high street stores, amounting to €310 million in total, compared with 14 operations amounting to €860 million in 2015.

Socimis accounted for 16% of the total investment with €106 million.

In terms of rents, Paseo de Gracia recorded an increase of 11.6% to €240/sqm/month, although Portal del Ángel in Barcelona was crowned the most expensive street in Spain after rents there increased by 8.3% to €260/sqm/month.

In Madrid, Preciados is the most expensive street, with rents of €255/sqm/month, following an increase of 6.25%. It is followed by Serrano (€240/sqm/month and an increase of 6.7%) and Gran Vía (€230/sqm/month, up by 4.5%).

The forecasts indicate that rents in Madrid will increase by 2.4% p.a. during the period 2016-2018 and by 1.7% p.a. in Barcelona.

In the case of shopping centres, rental prices reached €88/sqm/month and forecasts show that they will increase at an average annual rate of 2.2% between 2016 and 2018.

During this period, new shopping centre openings are expected to double after hitting a minimum of 343,000 sqm between 2013 and 2015.

Project highlights this year include: Parque Nevada (Granada), Sambil Outlet Madrid and Fan Mallorca Shopping. Between now and 2018, the following centres are also expected to open: Plaza Río; Open Sky Center; Viladecans The Style Outlets; Torre Village; Palmas Altas and Torrecárdenas.

According to the Director of the Retail Department at JLL, Sergio Fernandes, there are increasingly more players interested in developing new centres from scratch, as well as significant interest in both the sale and purchase of new centres.

JLL also highlighted the growing trend in terms of the opening of flagship stores, as well as the shortage of quality space, which is forcing retailers to convert other spaces from residential, office and leisure use into commercial properties.

One of the most noteworthy operations of this kind is the opening of a 5,000 sqm Zara store on Castellana 79 (in the building that previously housed Fnac), which is due to open at the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.

JLL expects returns to continue to be compressed over the next few months and that the average value of the shopping centre market will grow by 5.6% p.a.

Original story: La Vanguardia

Translation: Carmel Drake

Azca: Madrid’s Financial District Gets A Makeover

26 August 2016 – Expansión

Three buildings in the area are currently being completely renovated, along with all of the public spaces in the financial district. Zara will move in soon and the neighbouring Bernabéu stadium will be renovated in 2018.

The refurbishment of some of its classic office buildings, the complete renovation of the public squares, the arrival of a fashion giant and some changes in the faces of some of the most illustrious neighbours. That is the urban landscape facing Azca at the moment and it means that the financial district will have a completely new image in a matter of months.

In the schedule of programmed works, we have the complete refurbishment of Torre Europa, one of the flagship buildings in the area, which has not had any space available for three decades. Following the departure of its veteran tenant – KPMG -, Grupo Infinorsa has decided to invest €20 million in the complete modernisation of the 32-storey skyscraper, including the renewal of the façade, which will be completed at the beginning of 2017. (…).

JLL has been commissioned to market the empty office space, equivalent to 70% of its 42,000 sqm surface area, and has already signed its first contract with the US multinational AOL.

Also for the first time since it opened in 1981, almost all of the Torre Negra is available for rent; until last year, it housed the corporate headquarters of BBVA, which continues to occupy the upper floors of the 28-storey skyscraper. A construction canvas currently covers the façade of the building, renamed Castellana 81, where GMP is undertaking work to improve the 38,000 sqm space.

The triangle of planned renovation work is completed by the former headquarters of the Saint Gobain group in Madrid, which is currently unoccupied. With a leasable surface area of more than 16,000 sqm, spread over 18 floors, the building’s façade is going to change with the inclusion of some unique wavy slats on the outside, although the internal refurbishment will be carried out from the ground floor to the roof terrace.

Whilst three of its most spacious office buildings are being updated, Azca is also participating in the renewal of its public spaces. (…).

For the time being, the first phase of the rehabilitation of Plaza Pablo Ruiz Picasso has been completed and the second, and final, phase is scheduled to begin before the end of the year. (…).

But the most high profile issue in Azca over the next few months will be the arrival of Zara to the financial centre of Nuevos Ministerios. The company owned by Amancio Ortega plans to open its largest store in Spain in the 5,000 sqm building currently occupied by FNAC, next door to El Corte Inglés.

The renovation of the area could be completed in the medium term with urban projects in the vicinity. One project that is already in an advanced phase is the renovation of the Bernabéu stadium, which will not involve the extension of the constructed surface area, but will allow the construction of a roof, which is what the club wants. Most of this construction work will be carried out in 2018.

Another project, which is in an embryonic phase, will be the transformation of the Palacio de Congresos on La Castellana into a 23-storey property, which will include, amongst other facilities, a five-star hotel. (…).

Original story: Expansión (by Marta Belver)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Northwood Puts Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre Up For Sale For €500M

9 May 2016 – Expansión

The US investment firm Northwood has put the Diagonal Mar shopping centre in Barcelona up for sale, for an estimated price of €500 million, according to sources close to the deal.

CBRE, the agency responsible for the management and leasing of the shopping centre since it was opened in 2001, has been appointed to manage the sale. Sources at the real estate consultancy declined to make any comment. The investment firm bought the shopping centre in May 2014 from a group of investors represented by Avestus Capital Partners, however that retained the asset management of the property.

Diagonal Mar – one of the largest shopping centres in Cataluña – covers a surface area of almost 88,000 sqm, including 27,100 sqm owned by Alcampo.

Opened in November 2001, the centre was designed by Jean-Louis Solal and the architect Robert A.M. Stern. Diagonal Mar is located in a prime position, situated approximately five kilometres to the north west of the city centre, in the 22@ district.

This centre has more than 200 stores dedicated to fashion, restaurants, leisure, a bowling alley and other services, as well as 4,800 parking spaces, provided free of charge for three hours.

Moreover, the shopping centre has an open air leisure and restaurant area, “La Terrassa del Mar”, which is open to customers, neighbours, employees from the office towers and tourists from nearby hotels in the area.

More than 3,000 jobs

Diagonal Mar received 16.7 million visitors last year, which represented an increase of 2.3% with respect to the previous year, and resulted in a 9% increase in sales during the period.

The centre owned by Northwood employs more than 3,000 people. The centre’s current tenants include Media Markt, Fnac, Primark, Zara, H&M and Cinesa, amongst others.
In addition, brands such as Revlon, Napapijri and the toy store Drim have opened shops in the centre within the last year.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake