Hamburg, 28 February 2018 – The Rhein-Ruhr Zentrum in Mülheim an der Ruhr is to be extensively refurbished. After acquiring the shopping centre together with the adjacent Karstadt Arkaden and office tower with a combined rental space of 138,000 sq m, the joint venture between the “North Haven Real Estate Fund IX Global” managed by Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing (MSREI) and redos real estate wants to make the Rhein-Ruhr Zentrum fit for the future. The aim is to increase the quality of time spent in the centre, to offer customers larger variety and services, and thereby to extend the length of stay. The site was acquired in three individual transactions. The Rhein-Ruhr Zentrum was sold by Blackstone and ECE, the office tower by a fund managed by Bouwfonds.

Rhein-Ruhr Zentrum to be converted into a shopping centre of the next generation

Offering over 80,000 sq m of total gross leasable area, around 180 rental units and various entertainment facilities, the Rhein-Ruhr Zentrum is one of the five biggest shopping centres in Germany. With the shopping centre, the Karstadt Arkaden and the office tower, all relevant parts of the site were united. This allows the new owners to consolidate site development and to serve the strong catchment area in line with demand. The Rhein-Ruhr Zentrum opened in 1973. Although investment in the centre has been lacking over the years, it still is one of the most popular shopping centres in Germany.

“By implementing an attractive and contemporary sectoral mix including innovative entertainment facilities, we are establishing the Rhein-Ruhr Zentrum as a generation 4.0 shopping centre,” said Oliver Herrmann, Managing Director / Head of Business Development at retail property specialist redos. “When selecting tenants, we will pay
particular attention to their omni-channel capabilities in order to respond both to changing customer demand and our development targets,” Herrmann concluded.

Joint transactions with a volume of EUR 2.5 billion

This acquisition marks the seventh joint transaction by MSREI-managed funds and redos. The joint venture, which was created in 2010, has acquired the “Bavaria”, “Horn” and “Tobago” portfolios, among others, as well as the “Christie” portfolio with four hybrid shopping centres. Altogether, these transactions had a volume of EUR 2.5 billion.

The Rhein-Ruhr Zentrum was brought to the market by Eastdil and iMallinvest. The sale of the office tower was brokered by Angermann Berlin. The joint venture partners were advised on the acquisitions by law firm Latham & Watkins Hamburg as well as Drees & Sommer, Terraplan and Ernst & Young. Blackstone and ECE were advised by Greenberg-Traurig, Bouwfonds by Dentons. HSH Nordbank was responsible for the financing. All deals for the site were closed in the first quarter of 2018.

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About redos

The redos Group, headquartered in Hamburg, is one of the leading independent retail property specialists, focussing on the areas of investment, asset management, fund management, redevelopment, leasing and advisory business. As an investor and active asset manager, the company covers the entire value chain for large-scale retail properties – for hybrid and conventional shopping centres, retail parks and hypermarkets. redos serves all risk classes and offers every type of investment vehicle for institutional investors. In addition to acting as a co- investor, the company has excellent tenant access and extensive revitalisation expertise. redos can look back on a long track record in the field of restructuring and value optimisation. The retail property specialist currently manages a retail real estate portfolio worth around €3.6 billion at 109 locations throughout Germany. redos manages a total of more than 1.5 million m2 of rental area. With its property database ROB, the company has access to detailed information on around 18,000 retail locations throughout Germany.