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The Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Retail Fund

The Bouwinvest Retail Fund invests long term in the Dutch retail market on behalf of institutional investors. The fund has a clear investment strategy focusing on three pillars: attractive market segments, portfolio optimisation and sustainability improvements.

Selected market segments
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.  

Portfolio optimisation
We are constantly optimising our portfolio via redevelopments and the active asset management of our existing properties. We are proactive and critical in our approach to acquisitions and selective when identifying retail assets, which need to meet all our investment criteria. This strategy is labour-intensive, but we believe it helps us to optimise our property portfolio from a risk/return perspective as we strive to meet our growth target in the assets under management for the Retail Fund to an AUM of €1.1 billion.  

Sustainability improvements
Our goal is to make our real estate portfolio fully ‘Paris Proof’ – or carbon neutral - by 2045. As part of our investment strategy, we purposely direct our efforts to making our existing real estate more sustainable. By adapting our 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. Our properties thus  retain their investment value while we also help to make our society more sustainable.  

In 2019, index provider MSCI recognised the Bouwinvest Retail Fund as the best performing property fund in the Netherlands. Over the past three years, the fund showed a relative outperformance of 3.2% compared with the sector benchmark. The fund has a GRESB 4-star sustainability score.  

Investing in Bouwinvest’s Retail Fund
Historically, retail property has had an attractive risk/return ratio and institutional investors in our fund can continue to count on a stable return and a positive social impact now and in the future. Would you like to participate in the Bouwinvest Retail Fund? For more information, please contact Collin Boelhouwer or Jaap Landkroon.

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Collin Boelhouwer
Director Dutch Retail Investments
Jaap Landkroon
Client Manager