Meyer Bergman, the investment manager specialized in urban mixed-use real estate, has sold Forum Nová Karolina shopping centre in Ostrava, Czech Republic to REICO, Česká spořitelna's real estate fund manager. Cushman & Wakefield advised Meyer Bergman on the disposal of Forum Nová Karolina.
Mark Gamble, Head of Asset Management at Meyer Bergman, said: “The Meyer Bergman and HOOPP joint venture acquired the Nová Karolina new development just prior to its opening in 2012 and we have successfully established it as the dominant regional shopping center since. On every key metric of investment value from turnover to footfall, and management of leases and the introduction of new tenant brands, we have achieved significant year-on-year growth and quality improvement in the asset. The results of this carefully implemented asset management program have now been crystallized into solid returns for our investors through the sale.”
Alexander Rafajlovič, partner at Cushman & Wakefield’s CEE Capital Markets team commented: “The sale of Forum Nová Karolina marks an important milestone in the consolidation of the retail business as it has been one of the last opportunities for investors to acquire a relevant place in the Czech market.”
Meyer Bergman European Retail Partners (MBERP) acquired the 58,500 sq m shopping centre in a portfolio with Forum Ústí nad Labem in 2011 in partnership with Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan.
The centre opened in 2012 and currently attracts around 9.5 million visitors a year. The tenant roster includes Albert Hypermarket, Peek&Cloppenburg, H&M, C&A, Marks & Spencer, Reserved and Cinema City among 200 other tenants. Forum Nová Karolina is the premiere fashion shopping and urban leisure destination in Ostrava, the third largest city in the Czech Republic with a catchment area of c. 600,000 inhabitants.