Carlow Retail Park - which boasts stores like Woodies - bought for nearly €17m, reports

Purchase of 15-year-old centre by Friends First

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Friends First is the new owner of Carlow Retail Park, having bought the 100,000sq ft facility for €16.75 million in an off-market deal, the Irish Times has reported. 

The company already controls Kilkenny Retail Park and The Globe in Naas. It also purchased Citypoint in Galway a few weeks ago.

Carlow Retail Park first opened in 2003 and produces a rental income of €1.412 million.

The anchor tenant, Woodie’s, pays a rent of €577,500 for a store extending to 3,437sq m (37,000sq ft) and a garden centre with a further 2,043sq m (22,000sq ft), according to the Irish Times. 

Other tenants include Harry Corry, Halfords, Carpetright, Homestore and Pet Mania.

The retail park is located at Hanover Road, about 500m southeast of the town centre.

Claire Solon, head of property at Friends First, told the Irish Times that the company had experienced continued rental growth in the retail park market.

Although the fund is predominantly Dublin-based, she added, there have been regional opportunities and the retail park fitted well with Friends First’s existing portfolio.

The Carlow deal was brokered by Robert Murphy of Murphy Mulhall on behalf of the vendor while Michele Jackson of TWM acted for Friends First.