De Gansehof in Coevorden has a lot to offer potential tenants
Property - autumn 2003
Boelens Jorritsma has been involved in the De Gansehof project in Coevorden since last April. Two years ago, Kroonenberg Groep acquired this attractive covered shopping center from project developer De Kant. Kroonenberg Groep is a nationwide investment company that mainly operates retail, office and industrial space. According to commercial agent Herbert Houwen at the Emmen office, De Gansehof has a lot to offer potential tenants.
‘De Gansehof has a good image and offers a wide variety of retail, ranging from a warehouse and two supermarkets to a travel agency and a lunchroom. It is a pleasant place to shop under cover. All stores are on the ground floor. On the floor above, there is free parking for around 150 cars for the shopping public. The center has three entrances.’ Houwen says that currently more than 90% of the total of 8,000 m² of retail space is let. ‘We are currently in negotiation with a number of candidates for the remaining space. We do not make these decisions in a hurry. If a potential tenant is interested, we will discuss their plans and objectives at length.
You could call it a kind of feasibility study. Nobody benefits if the retailer has to close down after a few months. We are looking for satisfied tenants. For this reason, we will never bring in retailers that could drive existing tenants out of the market.’
The letting of vacant space is one of the duties of Boelens Jorritsma. And, no less importantly according to Houwen, maintaining contact with the existing tenants.
‘We regularly meet with the retailers and discuss progress. We want to know what is on their minds. Are they happy? Do they have any complaints? How do they see the future? We also attend the meetings of the retailers’ association, which by the way are very active, and this gives a good impression of what is going on. Let’s say there are complaints about the routing. I can discuss this with the tenant, and possibly make a change. Our job is not simply to fill up floor space. We are an intermediary between the lessor and the lessee. A satisfied retailer is a satisfied tenant and therefore also a satisfied payer. This is crucial for the lessor, because the value of its real estate is completely determined by the rental income.’