News Article high street investment Mint Investments office Prague
by Property Forum | Investment

Mint Investments acquired one of the most prominent buildings in Na Příkopě Street in Prague for its private investors. Mint Investments acted in the transaction as an investment advisor and asset manager supported by Sentient as a technical advisor. The acquisition was debt-financed by Česká spořitelna. The seller was represented in the transaction by CBRE. Mint Investments now plans a major investment in the building's technical equipment which will allow it to execute its value-add programme.

Na Příkopě Street has a history dating back several centuries. As its name suggests, there used to be a moat between the Old and New Town. It was covered in 1760 and formed the basis for a generously designed boulevard. The building at Na Příkopě 393/11 and 392/9, purchased by Mint Investments, was created by the reconstruction of two buildings from 1893 and 1865. They originally served as a fashion salon and since the 1950s they were the prime Prague address for exclusive imported grocery. After an impressive reconstruction, designed by Šafer Hájek architects, the property was awarded the “Interior of the Year” prize in 1997. The building now provides its users with an intriguing contrast between 19th-century architecture and modern design, featuring a spectacular atrium with six galleries, glass elevators and a historic staircase. The property comprises a total of 3,000 sqm of prime retail and office space on eight above-ground and two underground floors. A significant part of the building is formed by a three-storey high street retail unit (Deichmann flagship store), complemented by modern office space with views of Prague Castle and the Old Town.