Hines Negotiates Rental of its Jewel on Paseo de Gracia with Nike & Victoria’s Secret

25 March 2019 – Eje Prime

The US firm Hines is holding negotiations with Nike and Victora’s Secret to lease the retail premise in the former headquarters of Banco Popular.

The investment fund acquired the property at number 17 Paseo de Gracia for €90 million in March 2017, and, after completing a €10 million renovation project last year, is going to lease the building’s office space to the coworking group WeWork.

The two retail brands are competing to occupy the prime store, which has a surface area of more than 2,000 m2 and which is being marketed by CBRE.

Hines’s portfolio in Spain comprises fifteen assets, of which ten are located in Barcelona and the rest in Madrid.

Original story: Eje Prime (by I.P. Gestal & P. Riaño)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

JD Sports to Open Spanish Flagship Store in Thor Equities’ Puerta del Sol Property

27 November 2017 – Eje Prime

JD Sports is going to open its Spanish flagship store between Puerta del Sol and Calle Preciados. The British sports equipment retailer has reached an agreement with the US fund Thor Equities to lease the building at number 11 on the Madrilenian square, which has a surface area of 1,129 m2. Two years ago, Thor acquired the property from El Corte Inglés for €65 million.

The formal agreement is expected to be signed within the next few weeks so that JD Sports can move into the new store as soon as possible, according to El Confidencial. This operation represents an accolade for Puerta del Sol,  the kilometre zero of Spain’s streets, which has aspirations to become the retail hub of the domestic market. In recent times, the square has undergone some radical changes with the arrival of powerful retail franchises; they are investing in an area that is becoming more expensive by the day.

The British group will occupy its new space under a long-term lease contract, after beating off several important rivals in the negotiation phases, including the multinational sports equipment firm Nike.

Until 2015, the building housed the bookshop of El Corte Inglés. Spread over three floors, it is one of the most sought-after buildings in Puerta del Sol due to its location.

With this operation, Thor will see its asset value rise ahead of a future sale, such as the deal it is already negotiating for number 9 in the same square, where it hopes to build a large shopping centre. In recent years, the commercial value of the centre of Madrid has risen, as shown by the arrival of Primark in Gran Vía and the conversion of the former El Corte Inglés toyshop on Calle Preciados into a Pull&Bear store.

Rents for premises in the area have increased since 2015, now amounting to €300/m2/month in the central core, making it one of the most expensive places to lease a store in Madrid.

Moreover, Thor Equities is the owner of number 5 Puerta del Sol, for which it paid almost €50 million in February, as EjePrime revealed. The New York-based fund owns a portfolio of assets worth more than €9,000 million, spanning more than 20 million m2, in the United States (it owns several assets on New York’s Fifth Avenue), as well as in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe, in France and the United Kingdom.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Núñez y Navarro Leases La Rotonda Offices To Nike

6 June 2017 – Eje Prime

The office market is alive and kicking in Barcelona. The property developer and construction company Núñez y Navarro has leased the La Rotonda building to the US sportswear group Nike, where it will open its headquarters in Barcelona. The operation has been brokered by CBRE.

The building, located at number 51 on Paseo San Gervasio, has a surface area of 4,300 m2. The US firm is following in the footsteps of other large groups with its decision to settle in the centre of the city, as it seeks to be closer to consumers and offer a better service. For more than ten years, Nike’s offices have been located on the Mas Blau industrial estate in El Prat de Llobregat.

The sports brand will now open its office in the modernist building, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. The property was recently renovated and already houses the headquarters of Accenture.

“With this move, Nike is moving from more traditional offices on the outskirts of the Catalan capital to a ground-breaking new office in one of the best areas of Barcelona” – explains Sandra Muñoz, from CBRE – “This move echoes a global trend, given that increasingly more companies are using their corporate headquarters to strengthen their brand image, as well as a differentiating element when it comes to attracting and retaining talent”.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Nike Lands in Madrid Golden Mile

7/04/2014 – Expansion

On Friday, the footwear and sports clothes manufacturer opened its flagship store in the heart of the golden mile of Madrid.

Precisely, the new establishment is situated at 19 Serrano Street and has got a 500-square meter floor area. Moreover, the design of a part of the store was awarded to Boa Mistura, a Madrid urban art collective. (…).

 

 

Original article: Expansión

Translation: AURA REE