Square town centre officially goes on the market for €233m

By Aura McMenamin

The Square town centre in Tallaght is officially on the market, with selling agents quoting in excess of €233m for the shopping centre.

Joint sellers Cushman & Wakefield and JLL made the announcement on Wednesday, saying that the centre generates a rental income of €13.97m with new owners seeing a return of 5.75 per cent.

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Earlier this year, Nama appointed the joint agents to oversee the sale of the shopping centre, after Indego, the company that owned the Square, owed Nama €555m.

According to Cushman & Wakefield, over the past six years the ownership of the scheme has ‘undergone a significant transformation’.

The current vendor consolidated its ownership, meaning the new owners will hold 118 retail units (including a 13 digital screen cinema) and six ATMS in the centre and have the controlling stake in the management company.

There are over 160 units, including River Island, H&M, New Look, Heaton’s and IMC Cinema.

The Square welcomed several new restaurants and brands since last year, including WOW Burger, Kays, Inglot, Gino’s Gelato and Newbridge Silverware.

The 27-acre site has anchor tenants Tesco, Debenhams and Dunnes Stores.

Last year, the 27-year-old centre recorded 22 million visitors.

Kevin Donohue, Head of Investments at Cushman & Wakefield, and John Moran, CEO at JLL, who are handling the sale said: “The Square Tallaght provides investors with an opportunity to control one of Dublin’s largest regional shopping centres and offers the ability to participate in the Irish retail market at a time when retail sales are on an upward trajectory and the Irish economy leads the way in the EU.

“The asset offers investors long-term secure income with immediate ability to drive this forward via existing development and asset management opportunities, which will further enhance The Square as one of Ireland’s top shopping destinations.”

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