The wife of Kremlin restaurateur buys “Eliseevsky shop in St. Petersburg

The building of “Eliseevsky shop” in the center of St. Petersburg

The Committee of property relations of St. Petersburg on Thursday announced that it has signed an agreement for the sale of the historic trading house “Eliseevsky shop” (house commercial partnership “Eliseev Brothers”) with the company “Eliseevsky Shop”. This company belongs to Lyubov Prigoginei wife of restaurateur Eugene Prigogine. The full cost of the asset sostavila 810,5 million rubles of this amount will be deducted the costs of the lessee for the reconstruction of the store, and the remaining 740 million rubles., the new owner of the building, under the terms of the contract, will be paid over five years. Eugene Prigogine confirmed to the news Agency RIA Novosti the purchase, adding that the building will not change his purpose and will store.

House commercial partnership “Eliseev Brothers” was built in 1902-1903 in St. Petersburg, on the corner of Nevsky Prospekt (building 56) and Malaya Sadovaya street (house 8). The building has the status of a monument of architecture of early modernism and cultural heritage. Total area of 1 thousand square meters.

Since 2010, building leases, LLC “Eliseevsky Shop”, according to media reports, about 2.5 million rubles per month. According to system SPARK, the company’s revenue in 2014 (more recent data are not available) amounted to 198 million rubles., net profit 1.3 million rubles in the Spring of 2016, the tenant used a provision of the Federal law, according to which the possible privatization of the premises, if they are rented for more than 2 years.

Eugene Prigozhin , is the owner of Concord. This company owns several restaurants in St. Petersburg and Moscow, including the house of the government of the Russian Federation, the network of stores “chocolate Museum”, the company catering service “Concord catering”. Related Prigogine agencies are significant cost orders. In 2013 they received contracts for the provision of catering Russian troops on tens of billions of rubles. Less than a year since the end of 2014 to mid 2015, they win tenders by 10.3 billion rubles for the cleaning in the barracks and educational institutions of the Ministry of defense. Presumably related to the restaurateur company “Megaline” from September 2015 for RUB 3.3 bn building a military base in Valuyki Belgorod region on the border with Ukraine. Another iconic building tender “Megaline” won in Omsk region prefabricated military camp for 161,6 million rubles in the village of Light. This barracks was built instead of collapsed in July 2015. Also the “Concord” regularly wins tenders for the provision of school meals and the implementation of a government banquets and events. The company and its structure many times fed the guests at the main reception in the Kremlin, including at the inauguration of the President of Russia. Prigogine personally catered Lunches and dinners of Vladimir Putin with world leaders in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Previously, Prigoginei tried to challenge the valuation of the building carried out by the St. Petersburg state unitary enterprise “City administration of inventory and real estate estimation” (guion). As reported by “Fontanka”, in April 2016, the company filed a lawsuit on reducing the cost of the building to 530 million rubles. “Now we have our evaluation report based on objects-analogues, and have an abstract figure from Guyana. The only thing we know about it, is the report number” quoted by “Fontanka” representative “Eliseevsky Shop”.

A source in Committee of property relations reported that the times failed to reject privatization, the Governor Georgy Poltavchenko gave instructions “on the cheap” building to sell. In the court of guion reinforce their own calculations of the cost of the property survey with market experts.

The city will in any case receive a smaller amount than the full value of the asset. In 2014 the tenant has addressed in arbitration court of St.-Petersburg and Leningrad region with the requirement of the cost accounting of the company for restoration of the rent. “Eliseevsky shop” Prigogine won a lawsuit and not paying rent since the beginning of 2015. About 70 million rubles., and now excluded from payments to the city for the building itself.