AEW makes off market acquisition of prime luxury retail asset on Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona

 AEW has completed the off-market acquisition of a prime retail asset on Passeig de Gracia 89, directly opposite the iconic La Pedrera (Casa Mila), in the heart of Barcelona’s main luxury shopping district, on behalf of AEW Europe City Retail Fund from a private vendor.

The property, which has a total GLA of over 560 sq m spread over three floors, is fully let to Italian luxury clothing company Loro Piana, part of the LVMH Group, and has a long WALT of 13 years.

 
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and is amongst the most popular destinations for tourists across the EU. Located at the corner of Carrera Provenza and Passeig de Garcia in the north of the Eixample district, the property, which has a large frontage, benefits from excellent visibility. Additionally, Passeig de Garcia is renowned for being one of the most important luxury high streets in the world where global luxury retail brands, including Hermes, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Prada are based.
 
Christina Ofschonka, Fund Manager for Europe City Retail at AEW, says: “This investment is perfectly aligned to the Fund’s strategy of targeting prime highstreet retail assets in thriving European cities, which offer secure income and strong covenants. We continue to add high quality assets to the Fund portfolio which now counts 22 assets across eleven cities including Milan, Madrid, Paris, Copenhagen, Glasgow, with a total value of EUR620 million.”
 
Nikos Koulouras, Head of Investments for AEW’s Private Equity Funds in Europe, adds: “We are very pleased with the latest off-market acquisition of this prime retail asset on one of Europe’s most sought after streets for luxury retail. We continue to believe in the strength of the Spanish real estate market and we have further appetite for acquiring prime high-street assets in both Madrid and Barcelona.”
 
Advisors on the transaction were Herbert Smith Freehills, Hollis, CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield.