FI Real Estate Management sells six former Toys ‘R’ Us properties


Asset and property management company, FI Real Estate Management, has announced the sale of six former Toys ‘R’ Us properties, which form part of the Duke Portfolio, in a series of deals worth £30.5m.

The properties are located in Cardiff, Liverpool, Plymouth, Shrewsbury, Woking and York totalling 222,319sq ft of retail space and have been sold to a variety of buyers.

An undisclosed retailer has purchased three prime properties in Liverpool (Paisley Street, L3 7AN), Shrewsbury (Meole Brace Retail Park, SY3 9NB) and York (Clifton Moor Centre, YO30 4WZ) adding an additional 91,188sq ft to its portfolio of stores.

Cardiff Council has completed the purchase of a 40,000sq ft unit, located opposite Cardiff International Pool. The 41,360sq ft property located in Woking has been sold to a private buyer and an undisclosed buyer has transacted a 49,771sq ft unit on Western Approach, in Plymouth city centre.

A spokesperson for FI Real Estate Management, said: “We recognised the appeal of a selection of properties within the Duke portfolio to successful out of town retail operators and as prime development opportunities. The six properties sold to date reflect the healthy appetite for prime sites and demonstrates our ability to unlock asset value by ensuring we utilise an intelligent and appropriate commercial approach. We are also in the final stages of securing a further four sales and are in negotiations to split many of the units to let to strong retail brands.”

FI Real Estate Management has worked in conjunction with integrated loan servicing and advisory firm, Solutus and was appointed in March to provide full asset, property and facilities management services to the 31 assets, which comprised the freehold and long leasehold portfolio of the former Toys ‘R’ Us estate.

Cushman & Wakefield and Morgan Williams are the acting sales agents for the portfolio.