Gucci proprietor Kering splurges $1.4 billion on new Milan retailer, making it Italy’s most costly constructing

Gucci proprietor Kering SA is spending €1.3 billion ($1.41 billion) for a property on Milan’s toniest purchasing road. 

The French luxurious group mentioned Thursday that it’s shopping for By way of Monte Napoleone 8 from a unit of Blackstone Property Companions Europe.

The 18th-century property covers 5 flooring and boasts greater than 5,000 sq. meters of retail area, making it one of many largest on the famed road, based on Kering.

The constructing already hosts a location of Cova, the high-end Italian cafe model owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, in addition to trend label Prada.

By way of Monte Napoleone, often known as one of many most expensive streets on this planet, has a formidable roster of top-end trend, jewellery and footwear gross sales places.

The deal represents “the single largest asset sale in the Italian real estate market,” mentioned Luigi Caruso, senior managing director with Blackstone in London, underscoring “exceptional investor demand for high quality real estate in the strongest markets.” 

Milan’s property sector has seen a renaissance in recent times as revitalization initiatives have helped remodel a number of run-down neighborhoods into upscale landmark zones.

The announcement Thursday follows Kering’s January move to buy a constructing on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue for $963 million, as luxurious retail actual property purchases warmth up.

Paris-based Kering, which derives two-thirds of its revenue from the Gucci model, referred to as the Milan funding a part of a “selective real estate strategy, aimed at securing key highly desirable locations” for its labels.

The agency mentioned it desires to handle its actual property portfolio with “the short- to medium-term objective of retaining a stake in prime assets alongside co-investors in dedicated vehicles.”

Kering will solely buy “exceptional” buildings in a restricted variety of cities in the event that they create worth for the group’s labels, Deputy Chief Govt Officer Jean-Marc Duplaix mentioned in February. Kering has about 1,800 promoting factors but doesn’t intend to personal or co-own greater than a handful of key unique places.

Duplaix additionally mentioned on the time that the corporate was exploring partnerships with monetary funds to develop into “more agile” whereas limiting publicity to actual property. Kering has no plans to develop into a property developer, CEO Francois-Henri Pinault mentioned on the time.

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