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Firm to sell Malacca Centre retail space

A RETAIL podium at Malacca Centre in Raffles Place has been put up for sale.

The 999-year leasehold property comprises of ground and basement floors and has direct frontages to the main road. The sellers are an investment holding company, said property firm Cushman & Wakefield, which is marketing the property.

The property has a strata titled area of about 5,000 sq ft, said Cushman & Wakefield managing director Donald Han. Market watchers estimate that it could fetch about $24 million, which works out to some $4,800 per square foot (psf).

‘There are a dearth of good retail space and a lack of retail premises for sale in Raffles Place and none offers as prime a retail road frontage or location as this,’ said Mr Han.

Malacca Centre retail podium presents the investor with an attractive cash-on-cash yield potentially in excess of 5 per cent per annum, he said.

The property is sold subject to existing tenancies.

A recent study done by Cushman & Wakefield showed that prime ground and basement retail retail rents and capital values are on the rise in Raffles Place due to the lack of supply.

For strata titled retail units, capital values have risen by 23 per cent since 12 months ago, Mr Han said.

At the nearby The Arcade – which is also strata titled – retail space recently transacted for between $4,900-$5,300 psf, Mr Han said.

Ground floor rents in Raffles Place have risen by 20 per cent in the past 12 months. Average gross rents for Raffles Place ground floor retail is now between $20 to $30 psf, while basement space is fetching between $15-25 psf.


Source: Business Times 26 Nov 07


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