The Bouwinvest Retail Fund invests in the Dutch retail market on behalf of institutional investors with a long-term horizon. The Fund has a clear investment strategy, focusing on three pillars: attractive retail market segments, portfolio optimisation and sustainability improvements. The success of this strategy shows that it is possible to generate long-term stable returns in a highly competitive market.
Success as an investor in a challenging and complex market is only possible with a coherent investment plan. The Fund focuses on the best retail destinations and busiest high streets (Experience) as well as supermarket-anchored neighbourhood shopping centres for daily purchases (Convenience). We also keep a close eye on all other market opportunities.
The Fund is constantly optimising its portfolio via redevelopments and the active asset management of its existing properties. We are proactive and critical in our approach to acquisitions and selective when identifying retail assets, which need to meet all of the Fund's investment criteria. This strategy is labour intensive, but we believe it helps us to optimise our property portfolio from a risk/return perspective.
The Fund's goal is to make its portfolio fully Paris Proof – or net-zero carbon - by 2045. As part of our investment strategy, we purposely direct our efforts to make our existing real estate more sustainable. By adapting the Fund's properties to modern demands, we create attractive and sustainable assets that will continue to meet the needs of consumers and tenants in the future. We do that by working closely with our tenants, municipalities, developers and estate agents. The Fund's properties therefore retain their investment value, while it also helps to make society as a whole more sustainable.