Dewsbury's Princess of Wales shopping centre put up for sale at £3.75m

The Princess of Wales shopping centre in Dewsbury will be put up for sale at a bespoke auction later this month.

By Dominic Brown
Wednesday, 15th June 2022, 11:05 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th June 2022, 11:07 am

BidX1 and Knight Frank have been appointed to handle the sale of the open-air, pedestrianised site in the centre of Dewsbury.

The online auction specialist will offer the freehold shopping centre, which comprises more than 80,000 sq ft of mixed-use accommodation, anchored by Boots and the Department of Work and Pensions, at a bespoke auction on June 30.

Constructed in 1984, the Princess of Wales shopping centre is arranged principally at ground-floor level, on a site extending to 1.01 hectares (2.5 acres).

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The Princess of Wales shopping centre in Dewsbury

The centre offers a mix of mass-market and value-led operators, with 76 per cent of the occupational area secured against national multiples, and a tenant line-up that includes Superdrug, Poundland, Holland & Barrett, Vodafone and The Works, in addition to its anchor tenancies.

The scheme also benefits from 24 car parking spaces and a low service charge at £1.76 per sq ft.

John Connolly, the BidX1 agent handling the sale, said: “A strong mix of national covenants and local retailers – along with the potential for further asset management – makes this an exciting opportunity to acquire a vibrant community scheme in a thriving market town.”

The Princess of Wales shopping centre generates gross income of £647,000 annually, with a net operating income of £519,731 per annum. The scheme has a WAULT of 3.05 years to lease expiry and 1.64 years to break-option.

BidX1 has listed the Princess of Wales shopping centre with a guide price of £3,750,000, equating to a gross initial yield of 13.85 per cent and a capital value of £45 per sq ft.

Bidding is due to open at 10am on Thursday, June 30, unless the property is sold prior to the auction date.