Sentinel divests from Coles-anchored shopping centre in NSW's Wellington for $3.6 million

Sentinel divests from Coles-anchored shopping centre in NSW's Wellington for $3.6 million
Sentinel divests from Coles-anchored shopping centre in NSW's Wellington for $3.6 million

Investment firm Sentinel Property Group has divested from another shopping centre with the sale of a Coles-anchored centre at Wellington in central New South Wales for $3.6 million.

the Wellington sale follows on the heels of Sentinel’s sale of the Narromine centre in July for $4.18 million and the Jimboomba centre in south east Queensland for $27.48 million.

Brisbane-based Sentinel purchased the Wellington shopping centre in May 2015 as part of three regional NSW shopping centres in Bathurst, Narromine and Wellington purchased in one line from Charter Hall Retail REIT.

The fully-leased property at 128-140 Percy Street in Wellington, nearly 50 km south of Dubbo, is anchored by a 2,217 sqm Coles Supermarket and an ATM.

Sentinel managing director Warren Ebert said the company has been capitalising on the rising market demand for neighbourhood-style shopping centres in regional locations.

“Well-located shopping centres in strategic regional hubs and anchored by major supermarket chains are emerging as one of the most highly sought-after of all retail asset classes,” Ebert said.

“There is currently limited availability of this style of property, which is intensifying demand from a wide range of buyers. Fortunately, we have plenty of stock as we were buying when others were not and this presents the opportunity to deliver strong capital growth returns to our investors.”

the Wellington shopping centre was an asset of the open-ended pooled Sentinel Countrywide Retail Trust, which also owns shopping centres in Dubbo, Bathust and Broken Hill in NSW and Atherton, Townsville and Emerald (x2) in QLD. 

Investors in the Trust receive net returns of 9.50% per annum, paid from rental income, as well as capital growth returns on divestment, said the media release.

The sale of the Wellington shopping centre was negotiated by Darren Beehag of Burgess Rawson and brings to 10 the number of properties sold across the entire Sentinel portfolio, from the 51 the company has purchased since it was established in 2010.

Sentinel has a national portfolio of 41 retail, industrial, office, land, tourism infrastructure and agribusiness assets exceeding $1 billion. 

Sentinel Property Group has sold off the Jimboomba Junction Shopping Centre in Queensland’s Logan City for $27.48 million in an off-market deal, continuing with its recent divestment of assets.

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