Fledgeling LXB Retail makes another Greenwich acquisition
Tim Walton's LXB Retail Properties Plc, which launched on AIM last year has made another acquisition, it announced today, of two further retail sites
in Greenwich from Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust for a total consideration of Â£21.24million including acquisition costs, to be funded from
existing cash resources.
The two properties adjoin and sit adjacent to the Bugsby's Way Retail Park which was acquired by the Company earlier this year.
The first property comprises a primarily vacant site which has an implementable planning permission for the development of approximately 45,000 sq
ft of unrestricted retail consent together with permission for the development of circa 72,000 sq ft of light industrial space and 20 residential units.
The second property comprises an existing first generation retail warehouse of circa 36,750 sq ft which is let, by way of assignment, to Wickes for a
further 10 years. This property has the benefit of Open A1 'non-food' planning permission.
The properties currently produce an aggregate rent of circa Â£0.585million per annum and the Wickes unit is subject to an outstanding rent review
from January of this year.
LXB Retail has acquired these properties to broaden its options for comprehensive redevelopment within the wider Bugsby's Way retail area.
This acquisition marks LXB Retail's fourth purchase following the two significant acquisitions in Greenwich announced in January and March 2010 and
the assets acquired at Biggleswade, details of which were announced last month.
Today's acquisition means that over 85% of the net IPO funds have now been invested; LXB Retail continues to pursue a pipeline of further
Tim Walton, CEO of LXB Manager, commented:
"This is LXB Retail's third significant acquisition in Greenwich and complements the group's existing holdings. We believe there is significant retailer
demand for modern floor space in this location and in total the group now controls over 210,00