Rare chance to acquire a premium regional shopping centre in Auckland
Auckland’s Glenfield Mall is for sale, offering investors a rare chance to acquire a premium regional shopping centre in New Zealand’s largest and fastest-growing city.
Located in the heart of Glenfield, on Auckland’s affluent North Shore, the recently refurbished centre of some 30,500sq m of net lettable area sits on a prominent 4.5ha town centre site with long-term, mixed-use redevelopment potential.
Prominent national retailers Countdown, Briscoes, The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery and Farmers anchor the centre alongside a vibrant complement of speciality shops, services and a significant food and beverage precinct.
Colliers International and Stonebridge Property Group are marketing Glenfield Mall for sale by way of international private treaty closing at 4pm on 31 October 2018.
John Goddard, Capital Markets Director at Colliers International, says the centre has exceptional retail fundamentals.
“Glenfield Mall offers investors the stability of a weighted average lease term of 8.2 years (by area), underpinned by very long leases to four anchor tenants that rank among New Zealand’s strongest retailers.
“The centre has benefitted from significant vendor and tenant investment, including the introduction of leading homeware retailer Briscoes and a major refurbishment of the large Countdown supermarket in late 2017.
“These changes have successfully repositioned the centre to generate a substantial uplift in sales productivity, ensuring Glenfield Mall is well placed to serve its affluent, growing community into the future.”
Located only 12km from Auckland’s city centre, Glenfield Mall draws upon a generous and multi-faceted total trade area of some 230,000 people which, together with an estimated 17,000 workers at the Wairau Business Park, located 2km to the east of Glenfield Mall, contribute to the centre’s strong customer base.
In the longer term, investors also have the opportunity to capitalise on the site’s generous Business Town Centre zoning, which allows for the greatest density and height within suburban Auckland.
A preliminary architectural feasibility study commissioned by the vendor envisages an extensive mixed-use redevelopment with apartments and further casual dining options complementing the existing retail offer.
Investors have a significant opportunity to evolve the study into a comprehensive masterplan, while continuing to draw on the centre’s secure income stream.
Glenfield Mall is 98 per cent leased, with the potential to return an estimated net operating income over NZ$10 million on a fully leased basis.
The four anchor tenants are all on long leases with expiry dates ranging between May 2027 and October 2035. Collectively, they account for 28.6 per cent of the centre’s gross passing income.
A significant endorsement to the centre has recently arisen with the contractual commitment of 511sq m for a new Cotton On Mega store. At the same time the owners were able to relocate the sitting tenants which effectively created 98 per cent occupancy of the mall.
The mega store concept is new to New Zealand and brings with it another large destination store of international quality.
Stonebridge Director Carl Molony anticipates substantial foreign investor interest as they will not want to miss the chance to acquire this premium regional shopping centre in Auckland’s fast-growing demographic.
“New Zealand is a highly sought-after investment location thanks to its strong economy and favourable foreign investment conditions, and for that reason is attracting worldwide interest,” says Molony.
“It is ranked second in the world for the competitiveness of its taxes, thanks in part to the lack of stamp duty.
“It is also the easiest country in the world to do business in, and the world’s third freest economy.”
Peter Herdson, Capital Markets National Director at Colliers International, says New Zealand’s economy has been growing for 33 of the last 35 years.
“As New Zealand’s largest and fastest-growing city, Auckland is the country’s economic powerhouse, contributing to 37 per cent of the country’s GDP.
“Auckland’s population is forecast to grow by up to 66 per cent over the next 30 years, requiring the construction of some 400,000 new dwellings.
“Domestic and international migration remains a major contributor to this growth, particularly to Auckland.”
In the June 2018 quarter, retail spending in New Zealand was $22.9 billion – up 3.8 per cent ($834m) from a year earlier, of which Auckland accounted for some 37 per cent.
“As a result of these strong trading conditions, the retail vacancy rate in Auckland for shopping centres is a low 2.6 per cent.”
Herdson says Glenfield is well positioned to benefit from Auckland’s growth and the wider New Zealand success story.
“Glenfield has been identified as a town centre under the Auckland Unitary Plan, cementing its position as one of Auckland’s key transport and housing hubs.
“At the heart of the town centre is Glenfield Mall, which occupies a prominent, elevated site with convenient access to three street frontages.
“A range of community amenities surround the site including a library, pool, leisure centre and childcare centre, which act as secondary patronage drivers for the precinct.”
Located on the corner of Downing Street, the shopping centre has excellent frontage to Glenfield Road, which connects the suburb with greater Auckland.
Herdson says it also benefits from superb connectivity to key arterials, including the Northern Motorway and Upper Harbour Highway.
It is only 18 minutes’ drive from the CBD, 16km from the Ports of Auckland, and 30km from Auckland International Airport.
Glenfield Mall comprises an enclosed retail centre with a net lettable area of 30,500sq m on a substantial 44,920sq m site.
The four national anchor tenants are well supported by three mini-majors, five banks, 85 specialty shops, 12 kiosks, and a busy food court.
Goddard says the five-level centre has been well designed to integrate the two main retail floors with car parking for some 1,553 vehicles over four levels.
“The lower retail floor on level two is anchored by a new 4,454sq m Countdown at the northern end and Briscoes (3,306sq m) at the southern end, supported by a service-based tenant mix including banks and health and beauty offerings.
“The main retail floor on level three is anchored by Farmers (5,052sq m) at the eastern end, The Warehouse and Warehouse Stationery (5,211sq m) at the southern end, and a 350-seat food court at the northern end. Other tenants include fashion and jewellery retailers.”
The recent leasing of Zambrero, Pizza Hut and Little Things Coffee to Level 5 of the mall, at the main Glenfield Road entrance, has resulted both in a complete upgrade of the area and a new vibrancy brought about by a largely food and beverage presence supporting the already successful food court below.
Originally built in 1971, the centre has been exceptionally well maintained and was significantly redeveloped in 1999, 2006 and 2017.
The most recent refurbishment included a full rebranding and signage upgrade, comprehensive remedial and painting works, furniture and ambience upgrades, new centre management offices, CCTV and electrical upgrades and a range of premium fit outs for new and existing tenants.
Goddard says the refurbishment also saw Countdown consolidate its two strongly trading stores at opposite ends of level two into a single store, which has since been trading exceptionally well and is understood to be in the top 10 performing Countdown stores in New Zealand.
As part of the consolidation, an agreement was reached to lease the vacated supermarket space to Briscoes, one of New Zealand’s leading retailers.
Briscoes completed its first full month of trade in December 2017 and has consistently reported strong sales figures in 2018.
In addition, the Glenfield Night Market held in the centre car park has become a very popular weekly destination for the wider Glenfield community on Sunday evenings.
Goddard says investors will appreciate the chance to acquire a signature asset with solid investment metrics.
“Auckland has become the New Zealand investment destination of choice and Glenfield Mall is indeed a trophy regional shopping centre opportunity.”
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