Massimo Dutti Vacates its Store on Rambla Catalunya 60 (Barcelona)

12 July 2018 – Eje Prime

A new commercial space is available for rent in the centre of Barcelona. Massimo Dutti, one of the chains in the Inditex group, closed the doors to its establishment at number 60 Rambla Catalunya, on the corner with c/Aragón on Tuesday. The Coma-Cros family, which owns the building that is home to the store, has put the property on the market.

According to sources at the chain, the closure of the Massimo Dutti store forms part of the Galician group’s current process to reorganise its network of shops; it is focusing on getting rid of small stores in favour of larger establishments. Massimo Dutti already has another store on the corner of Gran Vía and Rambla Catalunya and another one on Paseo de Gracia, the latter in the former premises of Vinçon.

The building at number 60 Rambla Catalunya is owned by the Coma-Cros family and proceeds from a saga relating to the textile sector, whose company, based in Salt (Girona) shut down in 1999 after 149 years of operation.

According to explanations from sources in the real estate sector speaking to Eje Prime, the premises occupied by Massimo Dutto until now has been put on the market. The asset has a surface area of around 1,065 m2 and its neighbours include Tezenis and Rituals.

The Coma-Cros family channels its investment activity in the real estate sector through the company Fisa 74, which it manages through Fisa Rentals. The company owns residential assets for rent in Barcelona, on Calles Aribau, Bailén, Les Corts, Rambla Catalunya and Gran Vía.

Rambla Catalunya has become one of the most sought-after streets in Barcelona for retail operators. According to data from the consultancy firm CBRE, in 2017, the street accounted for 30% of the prime high street rental operations in Barcelona. Avenida Diagonal, meanwhile, accounted for 25%, followed by Paseo de Gracia with 22%, Portaferrissa with 13%, Pelayo with 7%, and Portal de l’Àngel with 3%.

Since 2014, around fifty operations have been closed on Rambla Catalunya, which has led to the modernisation of the offer on the street. In 2017, operators such as Etam, CKS, Lily and Pangea arrived, amongst others.

According to sources in the sector, the speed at which a new tenant for the asset is found will depend on the price set by the owners, given that price is proving to be the main stumbling block in the negotiations currently underway in Barcelona. According to CBRE, rents for stores measuring between 800 m2 and 1,500 m2 on Rambla Catalunya amount to around €30/m2/month.

Original story: Eje Prime (by P. Riaño)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Bankia Puts Branch in Barcelona’s Plaza Cataluña Up For Sale for €28M

5 July 2018 – Idealista News

Bankia is replicating in Barcelona what it has already done in Madrid with c/Alcalá 1. The bank has put up for sale the commercial premises in the building that it owns at number 9 Plaza Cataluña, in the centre of Barcelona, for €28 million.

The entity opened the bidding last week and will start to receive offers for the premises, which have a surface area of 1,000 m2, from Friday 6 July onwards. The asset, located between the Apple and Desigual flagship stores, has already attracted several suitors, including retail operators and international investment funds, according to Idealista.

The premises, which Bankia debating whether to put up for sale or lease, was the object of desire of the Japanese fashion giant Uniqlo for its arrival plan in Barcelona. In the end, that firm opened its flagship store close to Plaza Cataluña, at the intersection of Gran Vía and Paseo de Gracia.

This operation follows the deal that Bankia already initiated in March involving c/Alcalá 1 in Madrid, as revealed by Eje Prime. For that central property in the Spanish capital, two real estate funds, Renta Corporación and Arcano, are still the favourites to acquire the asset, which, nevertheless, has not yet been sold for its minimum asking price of €20 million.

Original story: Idealista News

Translation: Carmel Drake