HIH Invest Acquires “Warnow Park” in Rostock, a Large Neighbourhood Retail Centre
- The seller is an investment fund managed by Corestate
- Total lettable area of over 40,000 sqm, thereof 26,000 sqm of retail area, divided into 50 units
- Master tenant is food retailer Edeka Nord with a WAULT of about 18 years plus renewal option
- Busy location within a densely populated catchment
The long-term master tenant of the property is Edeka Nord, a food retail chain that operates an E-Center hypermarket on 8,224 sqm while subletting and managing the roughly 50 other lock-up retail units as well as the flats and offices. The primary sub-tenants include the retail chains KIK and Takko (both discount fashion), dm Drogeriemarkt (drugs) and Jysk (home furnishings, formerly Dänisches Bettenlager). Ten units are currently occupied by gastronomic venues. The remaining term of the triple net lease is around 18 years. Fully occupied except for a single lock-up retail unit, “Warnow Park” attracts 14,000 visitors a day. “Master tenant Edeka Nord has a blue-chip credit rating. At the same time, ‘Warnow Park’ has proven resilient during the coronavirus crisis with its strong focus on local amenities and its need-based sector diversification. Out of the total of about 50 retail units, around 30 remained open for business throughout the pandemic,” commented Jens Nagelsmeier, Head of Transaction Management Retail at HIH Invest.
The direct catchment area of “Warnow Park” is home to around 60,500 residents, the majority of which live within a 10-minute walking distance. Moreover, the site is conveniently accessible by rapid transit train, tram, bus and two major arteries. The neighbourhood is characterised by very densely built-up residential areas. The surroundings include a pedestrian precinct that features a multiplex cinema of the “CineStar” brand, gastronomic amenities as well as many service providers and doctors’ surgeries.
HIH Invest received legal and tax advisory from Baker Tilly Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH based in Frankfurt am Main. The technical due diligence, which includes ESG aspects, was undertaken by C.P.H. Projekt- und Baumanagement GmbH (CPH) from Hamburg. The market and location analysis was compiled by bulwiengesa AG. Bechtolsheim Real Estate brokered the deal as estate agent.
“Master tenant Edeka Nord has a blue-chip credit rating. At the same time, ‘Warnow Park’ has proven resilient during the coronavirus crisis with its strong focus on local amenities and its need-based sector diversification. Out of the total of about 50 retail units, around 30 remained open for business throughout the pandemic.” Jens Nagelsmeier, Head of Transaction Management Retail HIH Invest Real Estate