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    GGP comment sets market astir with Amazon stores rumours

    The CEO of a US mall operator who said last Tuesday that Amazon plans to open up to 400 physical bookstores was attempting to downplay his comments as early as Wednesday. However, he stopped short of specifically denying them, saying they were “not intended” to represent the online retailer’s plans. Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of [...]

    Finnish projects bought by Sponda as Helsinki attracts investment

    Sponda has signed agreements with Forum Fastighets and Föreningen Konstsamfundet on the acquisition of the shares in Ab Mercator Oy, which owns six properties in central Helsinki, as well as the shares in Ab Mercator Oy. The total debt-free price of the entities being acquired is approximately €576m, to be paid in cash. The estimated [...]

    Resolution divests French outlet portfolio after repositioning centres

    UK-based Resolution Property has completed the sale of its 47,000 sq m French outlet centre portfolio, comprising assets in the cities of Roubaix and Troyes, to a fund managed by Ares Management for in excess of €200m. The disposal is part of Resolution’s divestment strategy for Resolution Real Estate Fund III. Since acquisition in 2010, [...]

    Retail partners purchase Spanish logistics portfolio

    Neinver and Colony Logistics have purchased a new portfolio of logistics properties through a joint venture between the two companies. Its portfolio is thus adding 23 logistics and cross-docking facilities in various parts of Spain, totalling around 151,500 sq m. Acquired from Zaphir Logistics Properties for €87 million, the facilities are spread across 19 Spanish provinces. [...]

    AEW acquires prime Danish retail property for City Fund

    AEW Europe has acquired a high-end retail asset in central Copenhagen on behalf of the City Retail Fund. The transaction marks the first Danish acquisition undertaken by the Fund, which launched with a €125m first close in November 2015. The asset has been acquired from a group of private local investors advised by RED Property [...]
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    Middle Eastern department store battle: US retailer confirms opening

    Dubai’s Al Tayer Group will open a Bloomingdale’s department store in Kuwait in Spring 2017, marking its third project in the region as part of its partnership with Us retailer Macy’s. The store will be the second location outside the US for the popular American brand, following the opening of Bloomingdale’s The Dubai Mall in [...]

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