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The Retail Fund at a glance

We believe that convenience and experience are the key trends that will determine the future of retail real estate. This is why the Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Retail Fund has a clear focus on the main shopping streets in major shopping cities and shopping centres and supermarkets that focus on convenience shopping.

Fund characteristics

  • No leverage

  • Core investment style

  • Long-term plan of average annual Fund return of between 6.0% and 7.5%

  • Robust governance structure

  • Investment structure for an indefinite period of time

  • Reports in accordance with INREV standards

Fund management

Bouwinvest Real Estate Investors B.V. 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 invested capital. 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 of the Dutch retail market

  • Investors' capital inflow is expected to remain strong 

  • Economic growth provides for growth in retail market, but market is still facing challenges

  • Continued growth of online shopping

  • Polarisation continues in stabilising market

  • Consumer focus on inexpensive versus high-end; the middle segment will continue to struggle

  • Continued growth of the hospitality sector in shopping streets

  • The increase of retail supply in high-traffic locations, such as stations, airports and large public areas. The focus at these locations will be on the functional, quick buys and various food & beverage concepts

Fund strategy

The Retail Fund aims to increase its invested capital to € 1.1 billion in 2021. This will be achieved through targeted acquisitions, redevelopments and positive revaluations. Capitalising on key market development, the Fund's strategy focuses on:

  • Retail assets classified as Experience and Convenience

  • Increasing the share of Experience and Convenience to at least 80% of the portfolio value

  • Optimisation of the portfolio through acquisitions, redevelopments and active asset management

  • Responsible Investment: Continuing the improvement of the Fund’s sustainability performance

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