REAL ESTATE

CBL & Associates invests in two outlet centers

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Chattanooga, Tenn. — CBL & Associates Properties announced it has acquired interests in The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso in El Paso, Texas, and The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pa.

The operating outlet centers are owned and managed by Horizon Group Properties and its affiliates.

CBL has acquired a 75% interest in The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso and a 50% interest in The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg, for a total investment of $108.7 million.

“This acquisition allows us to grow our presence in the outlet center industry by investing in two established and successful centers,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president and CEO for CBL. “With our expanded presence, outlet centers will provide an increasing source of growth for the CBL portfolio. Our partnership with Horizon has already been extremely encouraging, both with the outstanding performance of our center in Oklahoma City and with our new development start near Atlanta. We are excited to expand our commitment to this fast-growing format.”

CBL currently owns a 75% interest in The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, and a 75% interest in the development of The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock, Ga., located in a northern suburb of Atlanta.

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Cole Real Estate and RED acquire Macerich interest in Arizona power centers

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Phoenix — Cole Real Estate Investments and RED Development have announced the acquisition of Macerich’s interests in two retail power centers located in Chandler, Ariz.

In a related transaction, Cole acquired 100% ownership of a third power center located in Gilbert, Ariz. The transaction value for all three properties is $100.55 million.

As part of an ongoing joint venture, Phoenix-based partners Cole and RED Development are acquiring Macerich’s 50% ownership interests in the Chandler Festival and Chandler Village Center for $31 million and $14.8 million, respectively, for a total purchase price of $45.8 million. RED will serve as onsite property manager and leasing agent for both properties.

Additionally, Cole is acquiring 100% ownership of SanTan Marketplace in Gilbert, Ariz., for $54.8 million from Macerich and its investment partner. RED will also act as the leasing agent on this shopping center, while Cole will handle day-to-day property management.

All three assets are considered premier power shopping centers within the Southeast Valley submarket.

“These power centers are all primary retail destinations in the Southeast Phoenix trade area and capitalize on the synergy and traffic of nearby regional malls,” said Thomas W. Roberts, executive VP and head of real estate investments at Cole. “Each of these properties is anchored by nationally recognized, creditworthy retailers contributing solid fundamentals to our portfolio of core retail assets.”

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NewMark Merrill announces mall purchase and six management contracts

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Woodland Hills, Calif. — NewMark Merrill Cos. has announced the acquisition of Twin Peaks Mall in Boulder, Colo., as well as six new property management contracts totaling more than one million sq. ft.

The new property management assignments include six California centers: Simi Valley Town Center, Lancaster Plaza, Visalia Center, Topanga Willows, Paseo Marketplace in Thousand Oaks, and Page Plaza in Hemet.

The new property management contracts and Twin Peaks Mall acquisition brings NewMark Merrill’s retail portfolio to 10 million sq. ft. of combined owned and managed assets.

“These properties have fared well in the recent market downturn, and we will work with the ownership and merchants to continue this momentum,” said John Hickman, managing director, San Diego division of NewMark Merrill Cos.

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