Henley Investments, a private equity real estate firm based in the UK, has purchased its first Polish shopping centre, Galeria Pestka in Poznań, from a global investment manager.
The 42,000 sqm shopping centre in Poznań is a hypermarket-anchored scheme and builds on Henley’s recent retail acquisitions across supermarkets and retail parks. The multi-story Galeria Pestka has a diverse tenant line-up headed up by international tenants, such as Carrefour and Bricomarche.
“As retail real estate continues to evolve, complementing e-commerce and absorbing the impacts of COVID-19, we believe well-located assets such as Galeria Pestka with a great tenant mix will continue to perform well. Through Henley’s active asset management approach, Galeria Pestka will remain a leading offering in this evolving sector. We are open to further investment opportunities with a similar profile in the UK and select Western European markets,” Justin Meissel, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director Europe at Henley Investments, says.
“The purchase of Galeria Pestka marks an expansion by Henley into a new region – with our debut Polish purchase – as well as the firm’s first shopping centre acquisition. This builds on the firm’s existing retail experience, including retail parks, supermarkets and hypermarkets, and leverages our deep asset management expertise,” Ian Rickwood, CEO of Henley Investments, adds.
Henley is retaining the existing property manager, Multi, a Pan-European integrated service platform for retail real estate assets. Henley was advised by Mishcon de Reya and Polish lawyers B2RLaw.