Investor Scoops Up Croydon Central


Haben Property Fund has acquired a metropolitan neighbourhood shopping centre in Croydon for more than $40 million.

Acting on behalf of owner PCL, Simon Rooney of JLL has exclusively negotiated the sale of Croydon Central Shopping Centre, on a fully leased initial yield of 6.95 per cent.

Croydon Central is strategically positioned for redevelopment with rezoning of the entire site to a 'Commercial 1 Zone'. The shopping centre is anchored by a Coles supermarket, Aldi supermarket, one mini major, 31 specialty tenancies, three kiosks and four ATMs, providing a total GLA of 9,588.7sqm and car parking for 768 vehicles.

The centre is conveniently located 30km east of the Melbourne CBD within the suburb of Croydon. Croydon town centre is classified as a Major Activity Centre in the Victorian Government’s Metropolitan Planning Strategy - Melbourne 2030.

JLL’s Australian Head of Retail Investments, Simon Rooney said: “Shopping centres with high grocery and food retailing exposure have continued to perform well. Retail spending within the non-discretionary food category has grown by 4.7 per cent year on year as at May 2015, and 4.2 per cent per annum over the last five years – faster than all other major retail categories except for cafés, restaurants and take-away food (5.1 per cent p.a.).

“Total neighbourhood transactions for 2015 year to date have reached $873 million across 31 transactions, already exceeding the annual long-term average of $800 million. Volumes reached a record $1.9 billion in 2014 up 49 per cent from $1.3 billion in 2013. The number of neighbourhood transactions also increased very significantly in 2014, having risen to 71 transactions from 43 in 2013.

“We continue to see robust demand for assets from a widening range of institutional and private investors. The heavy focus on the non-discretionary based neighbourhood sector at present reflects the attractiveness of defensive assets which provide long term stable income returns and strong potential for capital growth.”

JLL Research shows neighbourhood yields nationally range between 6.25 per cent and 9.25 per cent and a weighted average mid-point of 7.55 per cent as at Q2 2015.

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