Tomás Olivo Buys Hotel Villa De La Palmera In Sevilla

13 October 2017 – La Voz de Almería

Tomás Olivo, owner of the ‘Gran Plaza de Roquetas de Mar’ and ‘Mediterráneo’ shopping centres in the capital of Almería, has purchased Hotel Villa de la Palmera in Sevilla, an establishment where members of European royalty, artists and politicians typically stay when they are in Andalucían capital. Until now, the hotel was owned by the Porres family and its rooms have housed Ira de Furstenberg, Gina Logobrigida, Daryl Hannah, Ursula Andress and Ornela Muti.

General de Galerías, the company owned by Tomás Olivo, made its debut on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) this summer (…). Tomás Olivo, a property developer from Murcia who now lives in Marbella, opened the ‘Mediterráneo’ shopping centre in Almería at the end of 1998 following an investment of 14,000 million pesetas. Four years later, he opened the ‘Gran Plaza de Roquetas de Mar’ shopping centre.

General de Galerías Comerciales owns a portfolio of six shopping centres and around hundred rental properties. Its shopping centres include ‘La Cañada’ shopping centre in Marbella, the ‘Nevada’ shopping centre in Armilla (Granada), the ‘Mataró Parc’ shopping centre in Mataró (Barcelona), as well as the two centres in Almeria and the ‘Las Dunas’ shopping centre in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz).

The Socimi generates annual revenues of €87 million and has no debt since it has not resorted to bank financing for any of its development to date.

Original story: La Voz de Almería (by Manuel León)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Axa & Sonae Finalise Purchase Of Área Sur

10 May 2017 – Expansión

Axa Real Estate, the real estate arm of the French insurance company, and Sonae Sierra, are emerging as the likely new owners of the Área Sur shopping centre. The companies are negotiating with Union Investment Real Estate GMBH – the current owner of the asset – to acquire this shopping centre, which is located in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz).

Market sources have indicated to Expansión that the transaction may be closed soon for a price of around €110 million.

Following the operation, Sonae Sierra – which specialises in the investment, development and management of shopping centres – will manage the shopping centre.

Área Sur was inaugurated in November 2007 and has a gross leasable area of 47,607 m2. Moreover, the shopping centre has around 2,300 parking spaces.

Investment record

The operation, which has been advised by the consultancy firm Cushman & Wakefield, is another example of the interest in the market for shopping centres. Following a record-breaking year in 2016, investments during the first quarter of this year have exceeded €1,000 million, boosted by deals such as Intu’s acquisition of Xanadú for €530 million.

The shopping centre receives 6.6 million visitors per year, which represents an average annual growth rate of 5% since it opened. The shopping centre’s gross revenues amounted to €7.8 million in 2016.

Área Sur is located near to Luz Shopping, which was inaugurated in October 2010 and which has a total surface area of 174,000 m2. That shopping area is home to stores such as Ikea, Decathlon and Worten.

The Área Sur property, which has been managed by Auxideico since 2011, has three storeys. The first floor, which has a surface area of more than 23,400 m2, is home to numerous fashion brands and its tenants include Zara, Primark, H&M, Massimo Dutti, Cortefiel, Sfera, Bershka, Pull & Bear, Springfield, Stradivarius and Okeysi.

The top floor, which spans almost 10,000 m2, houses leisure and restaurant brands, as well as an 11-screen Yelmo cinema. Meanwhile, the ground floor, measuring 14,200 m2, is leased to Mercadona, Primark and El Corte Inglés.

In its area of influence, Área Sur competes with the Las Dunas shopping centre, in Sanlucar de Barrameda, with a gross leasable area of 75,000 m2; El Paseo, located in Puerto de Santa María, with a gross leasable area of 33,000 m2; and Bahía Sur, in San Fernando, with a gross leasable area of 59,000 m2.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake