CPPIB buys in Sweden

Pension plan spends $177 million on shopping mall.

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StockholmThe Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is spending $177 million to buy a half interest in a Swedish shopping mall, the fund manager’s first real estate investment in the Nordic region of Europe.

The Kista Galleria, a mall north of Stockholm’s central business district, has 185 shops and restaurants as well as a cinema, bowling, indoor go-cart and other leisure activities.

The Canadian pension fund manager’s partner is Citycon Oyj, a Finnish company that owns and operates shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

“We look forward to partnering with Citycon on future investment opportunities in the region as we continue to expand CPPIB’s retail portfolio in Europe,” Graeme Eadie, a CPPIB senior vice-president, said Wednesday in a statement.

CPPIB describes the Kista Galleria as “one of the largest and most successful shopping centres in the Stockholm area.” It generates annual sales of over 280 million euros from about 18.1 million visitors per year.

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