Highly Secure, City Centre Investment Opportunity

87/91 Albion Street | Leeds  | LS1 6AG


subject to contract



  • Let to Boots Opticians

  • Highly Secure Income – Net Assets £143 million

  • 8.75 years unexpired lease term

  • Prominent retailing pitch in the heart of Leeds city centre

  • New lease from Aug 2017 at a re-based rent

  • £1,580,000, subject to contract

  • 6.0% net initial yield

87/91 Albion Street | |  |  | Leeds  | | LS1 6AG


The Leeds economy is worth £18 billion, a growth rate of almost 40% in the last decade. It's home to over 25,000 businesses and has the highest ratio of private to public sector jobs of all major UK cities.

Leeds’ economy is extremely diverse, with new tertiary industries including retail, call centres, office and media contributing significant growth. As the second centre for banking services, the city employs over 14,000 people in banking and 46,000 across professional services as a whole. The financial and professional services sector in the city is highly skilled and set for significant growth (50% by 2022) thanks to an increasingly international focus and a highly skilled workforce.

Over 30 national and international banks are based in Leeds or in the wider region, and many firms have national/global headquarter operations, including first direct, KPMG, HSBC, DLA Piper, Direct Line Insurance Group, Halifax Bank of Scotland, Yorkshire Bank and Leeds Building Society.

The city has seen significant development over recent years. In 2013 the £350 million Trinity Leeds opened, the only major shopping centre development in Western Europe, to welcome over 22million visitors in the first year. The £60m first direct arena, Europe’s first purpose built state of the art ‘super-theatre’, has transformed the leisure and entertainment offer in the city

Over 35% of the working population is educated to degree level in Leeds and the University of Leeds features in both world and European rankings. (Source: Leeds City Region)

The city is located at the head of the M1 Motorway with easy access to the M62 and A1 routes and lies approximately 48 km (30 miles) north of Sheffield, 71 km (44 miles) north east of Manchester and 88 km (55 miles) west of Hull.


The subject property is prominently situated within the heart of the prime commercial area in Leeds City Centre, on the western side of Albion Street. Albion Street is a busy thoroughfare providing pedestrian access from The Headrow to the prime shopping area of Commercial Street and the new Trinity Leeds development a short walk to the south.

The property benefits from being directly opposite King Charles Arcade, the western entrance to The Core Shopping Centre, and a 300 space NCP car park. Leeds City Railway Station is a short 5 minute walk to the south of the subject property.

Occupiers in the immediate vicinity include Waterstones (adjacent), Specsavers, PC World, Superdrug, Carphone Warehouse, Leeds Building Society and Yorkshire Bank.

87/91 Albion Street | |  |  | Leeds  | | LS1 6AG
87/91 Albion Street | |  |  | Leeds  | | LS1 6AG


The property comprises a substantial ground floor retail unit. Internally, the retail floor area has been fitted out by the tenant to their usual corporate style and is predominantly open plan with some areas subdivided to form consultation rooms, male & female WC’s and staff canteen.

The upper floors, which comprise self-contained office accommodation, do not form part of the sale.


The property has been measured by BKR Floor Plans and provides the following accommodation:

Zone A 78.59 sq m 846 sq ft
Zone B 83.05 sq m 894 sq ft
Zone C 72.09 sq m 776 sq ft
Remainder 13.38 sq m 144 sq ft
ITZA   1,505
Ground Floor Total 247.11 sq m 2,660 sq ft

Floor plans are available to download and the measured survey report will be assigned to a purchaser at a cost of £395 + VAT.

87/91 Albion Street | |  |  | Leeds  | | LS1 6AG
87/91 Albion Street | |  |  | Leeds  | | LS1 6AG


A new 999 year long leasehold interest at a peppercorn rent.


The ground floor is let to Boots Opticians Professional Services Limited on a full repairing and insuring lease for a term of 10 years from 24th August 2017, expiring on 23rd August 2027 (approximately 8.75 years unexpired lease term). The current passing rent is £66,900 per annum, rising to £100,350 per annum in August 2019. The lease benefits from an upwards only rent review on 24th August 2022.

The vendor will top up the income on completion to £100,350 per annum which, based on our analysis, equates to £67 Zone A.

The tenant entered into a lease renewal in 2018 having occupied the property under a previous lease for a term of 25 years from 24th August 1992, demonstrating their desire to remain in the property. The annual rent under the previous lease was £161,000 per annum (£107 Zone A).

87/91 Albion Street | |  |  | Leeds  | | LS1 6AG
87/91 Albion Street | |  |  | Leeds  | | LS1 6AG


Boots Opticians Professional Services Limited (Co. No. 6779221) has reported the following figures:

  31st August 2017 31st August 2016
Revenue £368,959,000 £278,106,000
Pre-Tax Profits £26,250,000 £21,073,000
Net Assets £143,111,000 £132,241,000

Boots Opticians is one of the leading opticians in the UK with 618 practices of which around 167 operate on a franchise basis. In 2013, it became the first multiple optician in the UK to include digital retinal photography as a standard element of its eye test for customers of all ages.

Established over 165 years ago and a household name, Boots is the UK’s largest pharmacy-led health and beauty chain. As of August 2018, the company had 2,485 stores, 618 Boots Opticians practices and 503 Boots Hearingcare locations. Boots employs around 56,000 people and over 90% of the UK population is within 10 minutes of one of its stores. Boots is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. For further information visit www.boots-uk.com.


The property has been registered for VAT. It is anticipated that the transaction will be treated as a Transfer of a Going Concern (TOGC).

87/91 Albion Street | |  |  | Leeds  | | LS1 6AG
87/91 Albion Street | |  |  | Leeds  | | LS1 6AG


We are instructed to seek offers in the region of £1,580,000 (One Million, Five Hundred and Eighty Thousand Pounds), subject to contract, reflecting a net initial yield of 6.0%, assuming purchaser’s costs of 5.84%.

Investment Considerations

  1. An opportunity to acquire an attractive retail investment;

  2. The property occupies a prominent retailing pitch in the heart of Leeds city centre;

  3. Highly secure income - let to Boots Opticians (Net Assets £143 million);

  4. Attractive unexpired lease term of approximately 8.75 years;

  5. The tenant has been in occupation since the 1990’s and entered into a new lease for a term commencing in August 2017, demonstrating their desire to remain in occupation of this property;

  6. The annual rent was re-based at lease renewal reflecting £x Zone A;

  7. A purchase at the asking price reflects an attractive net initial yield.

87/91 Albion Street | |  |  | Leeds  | | LS1 6AG

Contact Us

Singer Vielle   +44 (0) 207 935 7200
Neil Singer neil@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 478 9120
Dale Henry dale@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 701 1356
Faye Langoulant faye@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 478 9122
Louanne Malan louanne@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 701 1386

Vendors Solicitor

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP +44 (0) 161 838 7813
Nadia McMahon-Wilson nadiamcmahon-wilson@kuits.com

Joint Agent

Simon Crawford  simon@sc-associates.net
+44 (0) 113 388 4867