REAL ESTATE

JLL strengthens its capital markets talent pool

BY Michael Fickes

New York — Jones Lang LaSalle has added another financing expert to its growing Capital Markets team in Dallas. Industry veteran Jeff Zickefoose joins has joined the firm as senior VP. He will work with Managing Director Randy Fleisher and the rest of the team to provide strategic services to clients throughout the region.

“Jeff brings nearly 20 years of financial experience and a long track record of originating debt on behalf of leading commercial mortgage debt providers,” said Fleisher.

Prior to joining JLL, Zickefoose served as executive director of Ladder Capital. His career includes leadership positions with Prudential Mortgage Capital Corp., CW Capital and GE Commercial Finance Real Estate.

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JLL closes sale and financing at Bella Terra

BY Michael Fickes

Houston — Jones Lang LaSalle has announced the closing of the sale of The Shops at Bella Terra, a 308,828-sq.-ft. power center in Houston’s Grand Parkway corridor. The JLL Capital Markets Group also secured acquisition financing with Wells Fargo and additional equity from Heitman on behalf of the buyer, Dunhill Partners

Currently 95% leased, tenants include Ross Dress for Less, Best Buy, PetSmart, 24-Hour Fitness, Sports Authority, Party City and Pier I. The center is shadow anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter and Kohl’s.

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Stein Mart ‘pleased’ with Q2 results

BY CSA STAFF

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Strong sales in linens, dresses and intimate apparel buoyed Stein Mart’s total sales for the second quarter ended August 3, which increased 3.8% to $290.9 million from $280.4 million for the same quarter last year.

The company posted a comparable-store sales increase of 6.4% for the quarter.

Ladies’ special sizes, men’s sportswear, jewelry and ladies’ casual sportswear were more challenged. Geographically, July sales were strongest in Florida, the Southeast and Virginia, while the West performed slightly lower than the chain.

"I am pleased with our sales performance in July which wrapped up a great second quarter where our comparable store sales increased 6.4%," said Jay Stein, CEO. "Our customers responded well to our merchandise assortment during the first half of the year and we are looking forward to introducing her to our great fall assortment."

The company operated 262 stores at the end of July this year compared to 263 stores last year. It offers a focused assortment of merchandise that includes current season, moderate to better fashion apparel for women and men as well as accessories, shoes and home fashions.

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