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Brisbane Service stations show investment potential

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High-rise developer Ken Woodley is looking for more service stations to top up his personal Brisbane Investorinvestment portfolio.

With a long-term lease in place, the veteran Brisbane property player recently snapped up a newly-built service station at 2009 Sandgate Rd, Virginia.

The transaction reflects the continuing strong level of investment activity in the retail service station sector.

It is Mr Woodley’s third acquisition of a service station asset after shifting the focus of his investment portfolio from convenience retail centres.

His other purchases include a Woolworths Petrol at Kenmore and a Caltex in North Lakes.

“With shopping centres you’re dealing with multiple businesses and co-ordinating a number of tenants,” Mr Woodley said.

“But with the service stations I’m only dealing with one company for each of them. It’s absolutely trouble free.”
The Virginia service station was purchased on a yield of 5.75 per cent and Mr Woodley said he was achieving returns of up to 7 per cent from his other two assets.

Developed by Evans Long on a high profile 2843sq m site, it is leased to 7-Eleven on a 15-year lease plus four five-year options. The tenant is responsible for all outgoings, excluding land tax.

Savills’ Michael Harcourt, who negotiated the asset’s sale, said the agency’s Brisbane office had been involved with 10 service station investment and development site transactions over the past 12 months totalling almost $25 million.

“Investor demand for blue chip, long term-leased service station assets remains very strong,” he said.

“The lack of available stock coupled with record low interest rates has resulted in substantial yield compression across the country.

“But with the aggressive expansion of major fuel retailers — namely Coles Express, Woolworths, Caltex, 7-Eleven, Viva (Shell), BP and Puma — developers are actively seeking suitable sites to satisfy tenant demand and generate potentially substantial capital returns.”

According to construction activity analysts Cordells, there are 100 potential new or redeveloped service stations in Queensland that have been recently delivered or are in planning and development stage.

Mr Harcourt said the acquisition of the three service station assets by Mr Woodley followed his divestment of two retail convenience centres — Holland Place at Holland Park West in Brisbane’s inner southeast for $3.4 million, and the Sherwood Court in the city’s southwest for $3.9 million.

The sale of the site for the Virginia service station in October 2014 for $1.75 million to Evans Long also was negotiated by Mr Harcourt. It was sold with a lease agreement in place with 7-Eleven.

Mr Harcourt said the completed service station appealed due to its high-exposure main road location underpinned by a secure long-term lease.

“It is in a very prominent left-hand inbound location adjoining Virginia Golf Course on Sandgate Rd, one of the main arterial roads in Brisbane’s northern suburbs with an average of over 54,000 passing vehicles each day,” he said.

“The combination of the high-profile positioning, strategic inner Brisbane location, new construction and long-term lease presented a prime service station investment proposition.”

 

Article originally published by Phil Bartsch, The Courier Mail, 27/5/2016

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Dexus Snaps Up Brisbane Audi Centre for $91.2m

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Dexus Snaps Up Brisbane Audi Centre for $91.2m
Property giant Dexus has purchased the Audi Centre and the Euro Marque complex in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane’s inner north.

Dexus has paid $91.2 million for the property located at 570-586 Wickham Street, realising an initial 6 per cent yield.

The property comprises two adjoining, purpose-built automotive dealerships known as Lighthouse, constructed in 2011, and the Euro Marque building, built in 2006.

The 7,123sq m site has been home to high-end brands such as Audi, Lamborghini, Maserati and Bentley.

Currently, the property features 13,288sq m of office and showroom space across two levels and a hardstand and external area of 2,556 square metres.

CBRE’s Mike Walsh, Peter Court and Tom O’Driscoll, in conjunction with Glen Wright and Nick Spiro of Cushman & Wakefield, were appointed to market the 570-586 Wickham Street property.

Walsh described the deal as a “landmark transaction” for Brisbane’s fringe market.

Nine offers were reported from local and offshore property companies eager to maximise the site’s underlying value.

The site has attracted strong interest due to its future development potential of up to 20-storeys.

An important part of the deal was the lease recommitment last year by the ASX-listed Autosports Group to the end of 2026 plus two five-year options.

Dexus, Australia’s largest landlord, will now collect a net passing income of $5.472 million a year.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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Clarence Property Buys Brisbane Shopping Centre for $31.25m

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Clarence Property Buys Brisbane Shopping Centre for $31.25m
Property funds manager Clarence Property’s unlisted Westlawn Property Trust has acquired The Zone Shopping Centre at Underwood for $31.25 million.

The 2.85-hectare retail complex is home to national retailers including OfficeWorks, Rebel Sport and Good Price Pharmacy.

Located on the corner of Compton and Kingston roads, the centre benefits from a high-profile position in a high growth catchment between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

This is the sixth acquisition for WPT, with other commercial and retail assets purchased in Hamilton, Spring Hill and Northgate totalling $34.74 million since October 2017.

Clarence Property managing director Peter Fahey marked Underwood as a good fit for WPT, which has more than $250 million in assets between Yamba and the Sunshine Coast.

“Our target asset allocation for WPT is about 30 to 45 per cent retail, with a focus on high yield neighbourhood shopping centres in growth regions,” he said.

Clarence Property’s flagship unlisted Westlawn Property Trust is also offloading a retail centre in Robina with a price tag of $30 million.

Located on a 20,407sq m in Robina, the centre is currently 94 per cent occupied and delivered an 18.6 per cent return to investors in 2017.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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Clarence Property Buys Brisbane Shopping Centre for $31.25m

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Clarence Property Buys Brisbane Shopping Centre for $31.25m
Property funds manager Clarence Property’s unlisted Westlawn Property Trust has acquired The Zone Shopping Centre at Underwood for $31.25 million.

The 2.85-hectare retail complex is home to national retailers including OfficeWorks, Rebel Sport and Good Price Pharmacy.

Located on the corner of Compton and Kingston roads, the centre benefits from a high-profile position in a high growth catchment between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

This is the sixth acquisition for WPT, with other commercial and retail assets purchased in Hamilton, Spring Hill and Northgate totalling $34.74 million since October 2017.

Clarence Property managing director Peter Fahey marked Underwood as a good fit for WPT, which has more than $250 million in assets between Yamba and the Sunshine Coast.

“Our target asset allocation for WPT is about 30 to 45 per cent retail, with a focus on high yield neighbourhood shopping centres in growth regions,” he said.

Clarence Property’s flagship unlisted Westlawn Property Trust is also offloading a retail centre in Robina with a price tag of $30 million.

Located on a 20,407sq m in Robina, the centre is currently 94 per cent occupied and delivered an 18.6 per cent return to investors in 2017.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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