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2016 at a glance

The Retail Fund at a glance

Fund characteristics

  • Closed-End Fund

  • Core investment style

  • No leverage

  • 7% long-term average annual Fund return target

  • Robust governance structure

  • Investment structure for an indefinite period of time

  • Reporting in accordance with INREV standards

Fund management

Bouwinvest is the manager and Statutory Director of the Retail Fund. The Bouwinvest Board of Directors is responsible for Bouwinvest’s long-term strategy, as well as the day-to-day management of the organisation itself and its assets under management. Bouwinvest’s Dutch Investments business unit is responsible for all real estate investments in the Netherlands. This business unit has a dedicated asset management team specialised in the retail real estate sector, with experts in acquisition and divestment, property revitalisation and letting.

Our vision on the Dutch Retail market

  • Retail market for in particular experience based shopping sites continues to polarise

  • Consumers seeking greater convenience and enhanced customer experience

  • Rapid growth of online sales still remains a challenge to certain sectors of traditional retail

  • Major retailers taking multi-channel or omni-channel approach - physical and digital shops converging

  • Main city centres in the Randstad and key regional cities outperforming other market segments

  • Urbanisation and ageing population key factors in future retail landscape

  • Redevelopment, revitalisation and transformation the key to healthy retail market of the future

  • Growing need for clear focus – Experience and Convenience

Optimisation strategy

The Fund aims to optimise its portfolio through:

  • Targeted acquisitions taking into account current retail trends

  • Redevelopment of core assets and the disposal of non-core retail units

  • Specialised, well-positioned and future-proof retail assets

  • Focus on two decisive elements in the future of retail: Experience and Convenience

  • Focus on customising local property and marketing management

  • New-build projects and redevelopments are opportunities to improve sustainability of Fund’s portfolio

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