Bentley showroom sells for £7m

A 25,000 sq ft Bentley dealership in Knutsford has sold for £7m, an increase in value of £1.3m since it was purchased three years ago.

Custodian REIT, advised by Metis Real Estate, sold the building on Mobberley Road to CCLA, a fund which invests on behalf of charities and churches.

Custodian REIT said the sales price represented a net initial yield of 4.92%. The REIT bought the property for £5.7m in 2014.

The dealership is currently let to R Stratton & Co on a lease expiring in 2058, at a rent of £15/sq ft.

Richard Shepherd-Cross, managing director of Custodian’s external fund manager Custodian Capital, said: “The current lack of available investment stock, coupled with strong demand, has led to valuations of this type of property showing significant increases over the last 18 months.

“Despite a long-term lease being in place, we believe this was the right time to take advantage of market conditions and crystallise a significant valuation gain.”

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