Orchard Street acquires Debenhams department store in Leeds for £38 million

22 August 2014

Orchard Street Investment Management (‘Orchard Street’), the specialist commercial property investment manager, announces that it has completed the acquisition of 115-126 Briggate in Leeds City Centre in an off-market transaction for £38 million.  The acquisition, which Orchard Street has made on behalf of St. James’s Place UK PLC, reflects a net initial yield of 5.58%. The property is let in its entirety to Debenhams Retail plc on a 35 year lease with an unexpired term of 19 years. 

Located in the heart of Leeds City Centre’s prime retail district, on the pedestrianised thoroughfare of Briggate, the property is central to Leeds’s position as one of the UK’s most popular shopping destinations.  It is adjacent to the Victoria Quarter and Harvey Nichols with additional frontages onto King Edward Street and Kirkgate.  The property is also situated between the recently completed Trinity scheme and Victoria Gate, which is currently under construction, and so is ideally positioned to benefit from growing footfall.

The property, which comprises a modern department store with a gross internal area of 111,824 sq ft set out over six floors, produces a current passing rent of £2.242 million per annum, subject to upward only rent reviews every five years. 

Tom Chadwick at Orchard Street, said:

“This prime property is situated in one of the most sought after locations in Leeds and is at the centre of an established shopping hub which should strengthen as the retail offering continues to improve.”



For more information:

Dana Eisner
Orchard Street Investment Management
+44 (0)20 7494 8860
deisner [at] orchard-street.co.uk

Talia Jessener
FTI Consulting
+44 (0)20 3727 1000
osim [at] fticonsulting.com

Notes to Editors:

Orchard Street Investment Management
Established in 2004, Orchard Street Investment Management LLP is a leading specialist commercial property investment manager, focused on the UK market. It acts on behalf of institutional clients world-wide to advise on investing in and the active management of property assets, including industrial, retail warehouses, offices and shopping centres. Orchard Street currently has assets under management exceeding £4 billion.