Prime Galway city centre retail property sells for above its €2m guide price

William St building comprises ground-floor retail space and offices on three upper floors

A prime retail property at 48 William Street in Galway city centre has been sold for more than its €2 million guide price by agent Lambert Smith Hampton.

The protected structure, which occupies a top corner pitch on this pedestrianised street, was first offered for sale last October and is expected to come on the letting market shortly.

Number 48 has 85sq m (915sq ft) of retail space on the ground floor and about 247sq m (2,658sq ft) of office and meeting space on three upper floors.

Prominent occupiers in the vicinity include Brown Thomas, Boots, Foot Locker, Butlers Chocolates Cafe, The Body Shop, Eason, AIB, Lifestyle Sports and McCambridges. Eyre Square Shopping Centre is also within close proximity.


Quick disposal

The quick disposal of number 48 bodes well for the sale of the Eason shop at nearby 33 Shop Street. It came on the market earlier this month at more than €8 million through agent Bannon and is being sold on a sale-and-leaseback basis. Eason, which has occupied the building for the past 30 years, is to take a 25-year lease on the premises at a rent of €525,000 per annum.

Bannon reports strong early interest in the building which extends to 1,042.9sq m (11,226sq ft) with 834.1sq m (8,978sq ft) of retail space over ground and first-floor levels.

Tony Kernan, associate director of retail at Lambert Smith Hampton, said the sale of number 48 "attracted interest from a wide range of parties, achieving a price which was considerably in excess of the €2 million asking price".

JLL acted on behalf of the purchaser.