CBRE: Investor Interest in High Street Stores Skyrockets

5 July 2018 – Cinco Días

Stores on the most commercial streets of Spain have become an object of desire for investors in the real estate market. Large funds and insurance companies alike are investing in these types of assets and experts predict that a new record is going to be set in the segment this year.

Investors are expected to spend around €1.1 billion on these types of commercial premises in 2018, according to forecasts from the consultancy CBRE. That figure would exceed the amount invested in high street stores in 2017 by €300 million, equivalent to a growth rate of 36.9%. Of interest are shops on commercial thoroughfares such as c/Preciados and c/Serrano in Madrid and Paseo de Gracia and Portal de l’Àngel in Barcelona. In fact, those two cities accounted for 79% of total investment last year. “Nevertheless, other cities in Spain are on the rise and there is growing demand for investment products in cities such as Bilbao, Valencia, Sevilla and Málaga”, according to the report “The Keys to Retail in Spain”, published by CBRE yesterday.

Investors regard these types of well-located assets as a good option for placing their money, a solid alternative in the context of low-interest rates and because these high street stores perform better (than other commercial assets) in the face of competition from online retailers. Currently, according to CBRE; the returns on these properties amount to 3.5% in Barcelona and to 3.25% in Madrid; in other cities (with more risk), the returns are greater.

The stars of these acquisitions are mainly the large funds. Hines, M&G, AEW, Thor, Union Investment, CBRE GI and Deka. “In 2017, in addition, an insurance company entered the high street sector for the first time: Generali acquired the Pull & Bear store on Calle Preciados in Madrid”, according to the report. Other active players include the Socimis, such as Tander, Ores, and Silicius, which have started to express interest.

In terms of large operations so far this year, in January, the German fund Deka acquired 16 Inditex stores for €400 million. Another significant operation was the acquisition of Mercado de San Miguel by the Dutch fund Redevco, for €70 million.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Thor Completes Purchase of Gran Vía 30 for €75M

20 June 2018 – Property Week

Thor Equities has completed the acquisition of a mixed-use building on Madrid’s Gran Via from Angelo Gordon for €75m (£64.8m), Property Week can reveal.

The 4,480 m2 building on the 100-year old main street in the centre of Madrid, contains 1,172 m2 of retail space alongside nine floors of residential accommodation and a multi-disciplinary event space on the thirteenth floor. The retail space in Gran Via 30 is predominantly let to the Spanish fashion chain Sfera.

Original story: Property Week (by Richard Hook)

Edited by: Carmel Drake

Thor Equities Buys Gran Vía, 30 in Madrid for €75M

18 April 2018 – Mis Oficinas

The US firm Thor has purchased the building located at number 30 Gran Vía, in the heart of Madrid, for €75 million. The property, which was constructed between 1919 and 1924 to house the Teatro Fontalba, was converted into offices, over time, for Telefónica.

The US firm already owns four other properties in Madrid. It purchased the first one in August 2015, specifically, number 9 Puerta del Sol. That same year, in December, it successfully acquired number 11 on the same square. In February 2017, it also purchased number 5 for around €50 million. Its most recent purchase was number 16 Calle Fuencarral.

The strategy of the US firm is to look for properties in the best areas of Madrid and to convert them into flagship stores for major brands.

Original story: Mis Oficinas

Translation: Carmel Drake

Thor Equities Buys Store In Puerta del Sol For €43M

13 March 2017 – Expansión

Madrid’s high streets and specifically, those with the greatest numbers of tourist visitors, are starring in some of the largest investment operations in the retail sector.

The latest example is the purchase completed by the US fund Thor Equities. The firm, which specialises in the management and development of all kinds of real estate assets, has completed the purchase of a 520m2 store at number 5, Puerta del Sol, in Madrid. It has paid €43 million for the property, which is leased to the tenant Futbolmanía.

The fund Thor arrived in Spain in September 2015, when it acquired another store in La Puerta del Sol, worth €9.5 million, which used to be owned by Kutxabank.

Several months later, it spent around €65 million on a building owned by El Corte Inglés. The property, which used to house a bookstore, has a surface area of 1,344 m2 spread over three floors. A search is currently underway for a tenant for that property, following the departure of El Corte Inglés, which remained as a tenant for a year following the sale.

The US fund has also acquired the building at number 16 on Calle Fuencarral. In these operations, Thor has been advised by the real estate consultancy Knight Frank.

“We still firmly believe in the Madrilenian market – and in particular, in the area of high footfall around La Puerta del Sol – due to the continuous growth of the Spanish economy and the increase in consumer confidence, as well as the persistent increase in the number of overseas visitors to the city, all of which are leading to increases in retail sales”, said Jared Hart, CEO at Thor Equities.

Internationally, Thor Equities owns high-profile properties in London, including 1 Dover Street, 145 Oxford Street, 105-109 Oxford Street and Bond Street House on 14 Clifford Street, as well as the Burlington Arcade, as well as buildings on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake