Mobivia Groupe to complete acquisition of tyre retailer A.T.U. this month
German tyre retail and fast fit chain A.T.U. has been sold to France’s Mobivia Groupe. Several hours ahead of a predetermined deadline, New York-based hedge Fund Centerbridge Partners LP, which has owned the network since 2013, successfully negotiated a significant rent reduction with the landlords of its outlet sites, including Lino Management, owner of 273 A.T.U. sites. According to reports, the annual leasing cost for the centres located on Lino-owned properties will fall from 57 million to 30 million euros. The rent reduction clears the way for Mobivia Groupe’s acquisition of the more than 600 A.T.U. centres in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.