"India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Demand for office and commercial space is growing steadily, especially in the tech city of Bangalore. Our property in Bangalore is a prime location. One element of our sustainable real estate property is the continuous development of our portfolio. Our concept for sustainable use and redensification is perfectly in line with the unbroken urbanisation and redensification trend in Asia. With our initial concept, we have been able to convince the joint venture Puravankara-Keppel to jointly develop the location into a future-oriented project", says Jean-Christophe Bretxa, Chief Executive Officer of METRO PROPERTIES.
The METRO store and the offices of METRO India will in a first phase be redeveloped on what is today's parking lot on the real estate property to make space for the construction of a modern office tower. Both the METRO store and the offices will remain the property of METRO. Relocation to the new premises is planned for 2021. Until then, customers will be able to shop at the present store as customary.
"With the new development we are strengthening our presence in Bangalore and at the same time leveraging value from the development of the space that is not used by METRO. In Indian cities, too, the building ground is limited while the rural areas must be protected as far as possible", continues Bretxa.
"We believe that, given its excellent location, this real estate development will become a landmark in Bangalore. Very good accessibility to the road and public transport networks in combination with the urban upgrade of the entire property will increase the attractiveness of this location. Planned investments into the METRO flagship store and the head office of METRO India can now be optimally realised in this new framework. The concept for the densification of the site, elaborated by METRO PROPERTIES, is now being implemented by the joint venture Keppel-Puravankara Development. With its start, everyone will benefit from the development of the mixed-use project", says Arvind Mediratta, CEO METRO India.
With a population of over 8.4 million Bangalore is the third largest city in India following Mumbai and New Delhi. Bangalore is a centre of the civil and military aerospace industry in India. In recent times it has also developed into one of the leading IT centres and tech locations in the country. Because of its numerous parks, Bangalore is also frequently also referred to as the "Garden City of India".
METRO is a leading international specialist company in the wholesale and food retail sector. The company is active in 35 countries and has more than 150,000 employees worldwide. In financial year 2016/17, METRO generated approximately €37 billion in revenue. The company supplies customised solutions for the local and international needs of its wholesale and retail clients. Its sales brands METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry and Real and its delivery services and digitalisation initiatives, METRO is setting standards for the future in terms of its customer focus, digital solutions and sustainable business models.
METRO PROPERTIES is the real estate company of METRO AG, a leading international specialist in wholesale and food retail, operating in 35 countries and employing more than 150,000 people worldwide. METRO PROPERTIES combines comprehensive wholesale and retail competence, highly developed real estate expertise and implementation capability. METRO PROPERTIES is a partner for investments as well as for the development and support of modern wholesale, retail and mixed used concepts. At both the national and international level, METRO PROPERTIES pursues active and value-enhancing asset management. Investors, leasing partners and customers receive competent support worldwide. Apart from its headquarters in Germany, the company operates through locations in Poland and Turkey. In other countries, the company is represented by regional management and METRO team. More information is available at www.metro-properties.de.