Property Council of Australia 1H20 Office Market Report shows vacancy in Sydney, Melbourne, still tight

The Property Council of Australia released its twice annual Office Market Report today. The national stock comparison showed vacancy in Adelaide and Perth improved since the 2H19 (known in industry circles as ‘the July’) OMR. Melbourne’s CBD had he highest occupancy rate of any capital – at 96.8 per cent. The PCA said more than

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Withers family offers 18 more 7-Eleven service station investments

EXCLUSIVE The Withers family – which controls Australia’s 7-Eleven franchise – is offering another tranche of service stations via a sale and leaseback arrangement. The 18 properties, in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, will be offered separately at a live-streamed auction event starting in Sydney, then moving to Melbourne, on

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Texas owner to close 19 Australian EB Games stores this month

The Dallas-based owner of video entertainment chain EB Games intends to close 19 of its 300-plus Australian stores by the end of the month. GameStop – the world’s biggest video game retailer – sent suppliers emails overnight confirming the news. Gaming website broke the story this morning, with this item. News of which stores

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Timezone, Kingpin owner TEEG opens 300th venue with plans for 50 more next year

The Entertainment & Education Group (TEEG) – the largest operator of family entertainment venues in the Asia Pacific – has opened its 300th venue, a Kingpin, at Canberra’s Civic shopping centre. Moreover TEEG – which also owns Timezone and Zone Bowling – intends to trade from 50 more outlets in 2020. The Singapore based company

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Charter Hall Retail REIT sells five east coast investments – three to Lascorp

Melbourne-based specialist retail investor and developer Lascorp is paying Charter Hall Retail Management Limited, as responsible entity for Charter Hall Retail REIT (CQR), $62.35 million for three regional Victorian supermarket-based assets. The centres form part of a portfolio of five properties CQR has just sold off-market to fund the recent $840 million purchase of a

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Centuria pays $256 million for Canberra’s Nishi building

Centuria Metropolitan REIT (CMA) is paying $256 million for the Nishi building, an A-grade commercial complex in Canberra’s gentrifying Civic precinct. The deal, between CMA’s parent Centuria Capital Group (CNI) and developer Molonglo, is being struck on a 5.1 per cent capitalisation rate. CMA fund manager Grant Nichols said the purchase reinforces the Fund’s position

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Withers family banks $77.9 million from sale of 15 7-Eleven outlets

Melbourne’s Withers family today sold a national portfolio of 7-Eleven outlets for a total of $77.915 million. The 15 properties, offered as sale and leaseback investments with starting 12 year terms, exchanged on passing yields of between 3.82-6.07 per cent. An outlet in Melbourne’s northern suburb of Campbellfield was the most valuable – trading for

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iProsperity, ZACD Group buy AccorInvest portfolio of 23 hotels for $212.6 million

iProsperity Group (iPG) and Singapore-based fund manager ZACD Group have acquired a portfolio of 23 hotels from AccorInvest for $212.6 million. The investments – 17 real estate assets and six lease interests – provide 3046 rooms across Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and major regional cities (a full list of the portfolio is at the

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Third time lucky for Starwood Capital with $480 million bid for Australian Unity Office Fund

It may be third time lucky for Starwood Capital in its attempt to buy the Australian Unity Office Fund. Following failed bids in March and July, the US-based investment group is offering $2.95 per unit – equating to $480 million – for the fund which controls nine assets across the country. The latest offer represents

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Ousted PM Malcolm Turnbull lists Canberra penthouse for sale

The month after being replaced as the leader of the federal Liberal Party, Malcolm Turnbull is selling his Canberra penthouse. The two-level dwelling offers “the most sensational views over Lake Burley Griffin” and is “lightly lived in” according to the online advertisement posted by the marketing agents, Berkely Residential’s Peter Salapatas and Bill Lyristakis. It

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AXA Investment Managers acquiring four hotels on Australia’s east coast for a speculated $330 million

Paris-based AXA Investment Managers is continuing a national real estate spending spree, entering due diligence to buy four hotels on the east coast for around $330 million. The assets include: • Novotel Sydney Olympic Park (pictured, top) with 177 rooms • Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park (218 rooms) • Ibis Sydney Olympic Park (144 rooms)

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Singapore’s Soilbuild REIT enters Australia with two acquisitions costing a total of $116.25 million

Perth-based Ascot Capital has sold a poultry plant in South Australia and an office building in the Australian Capital Territory for a total of $116.25 million. Both sites were purchased by Singapore-based Soilbuild REIT – which has established a wholly owned management investment trust called Soilbuild Australia for its maiden local purchases. Following these acquisitions,

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QIC to Develop $350 Million Canberra Complex

QUEENSLAND Investment Corporation will build a $350 million mixed use development in the Canberra city centre.

The proposed development will replace a car park, and include an 11-storey office with 41,500 square metres of space, as well as a 13-level apartment building with some 300 flats. According to the AFR, it will also include a 12,600 square metre shopping centre and more car parking.

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Costco Chooses Canberra For Third Australian Store

COSTCO will open its third Australian outlet in Canberra, and retail giant Woolworths is right behind it.

Costco has chosen the Majura Park shopping centre adjoining the Canberra Airport to open its second NSW store. Majura Park is the new name for the collapsed Airport Brand Depot discount outlet.

Only two stores within the previous shopping centre remain: Toys ‘R’Us and Babies ‘R’Us.

Woolworths has also leased space within the revamped centre, and will open an 8000 square metre Big W, a 400 square metre Dick Smith and a 4800 square metre supermarket.

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Emboss Capital Pays $55 Million For Civic Office, Canberra

EMBOSS Capital has paid $55 million for a Canberra office building – its second major transaction on Australia’s east coast recently.

The A-grade, six-level, 9000 square metre office, in the suburb of Civic, was sold with a long lease to the federal government.

According to the selling agencies, Colliers International and Jones Lang LaSalle, the building sold on a yield of 7.4 per cent.

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