REAL ESTATE

Levin to manage The Shops at 5 in Plymouth, Mass.

BY Michael Fickes

North Plainfield, N.J. — The Shops at 5 in Plymouth, Mass., has named Levin Management its exclusive managing agent.

The 420,000-sq. ft. open-air shopping center takes its name from its location off Route 3 at Exit 5 on Long Pond Road. Anchor tenants include BJ’s Wholesale Club, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods and Kohl’s. Other national names include The Sports Authority, PetSmart, Pier 1 Imports, Panera Bread and IHOP.

The Shops at 5 services a residential population of more than 105,800 people within a 10-mile radius. Average household income is $95,850. The daily traffic count along Route 3 exceeds 60,000 vehicles.

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PREIT finances one mall, pays off another

BY Michael Fickes

Philadelphia — Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust has completed the financing of Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and used a portion of the proceeds to repay the mortgage loan balance on Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca, Pa., without penalty.

The new 10-year, non-recourse loan on Wyoming Valley Mall totals $78 million and replaces a $65 million loan that was repaid in September. The transaction produced proceeds of $13 million. The interest rate on the new mortgage is 5.17%, a decrease of 68 basis points from the previous rate.

The company used a portion of the proceeds from the new loan to pay off the $42.2 million mortgage loan balance on Beaver Valley Mall, which is now unencumbered. That load carried an interest rate of 9.36% and was set to mature in April 2032. The balance of the proceeds was used to pay down amounts outstanding under the company’s 2013 revolving facility and for general corporate purposes.

"PREIT has made significant improvements in strengthening its balance sheet in 2013 with these transactions being examples of our commitment," said Joseph Coradino, CEO of PREIT. "We are pleased with the favorable terms we received on Wyoming Valley Mall’s financing and to have paid off the mortgage loan on Beaver Valley which carried a disproportionately high interest rate."

Wyoming Valley Mall is a 910,000-sq.-ft. mall in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., anchored by Sears, J.C. Penney, Bon-Ton and Macy’s with sales per square foot of $396 as of September 30, 2013. Beaver Valley Mall is a 1,154,000-sq.-ft. mall in Monaca, Pa., anchored by Sears, Boscov’s, J.C. Penney and Macy’s with sales per square foot of $272 as of September 30, 2013.

In 2013, the company completed $291.1 million of property-level financings yielding approximately $31.7 million in proceeds at an average interest rate of 4.26%, a 127 basis point reduction versus the previous mortgages.

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Report: Whole Foods sees potential for 1,200 U.S. stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Whole Foods Market sees the potential to expand to 1,200 stores throughout the United States, which is nearly three times the number of locations it currently operates worldwide, the company’s co-chief executives co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb said in an interview on CNBC on Tuesday.

Whole Foods is reportedly planning to open 1,200 new stores across the United States. In an interview on CNBC, Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb said the company thinks 1,200 stores in the U.S., which is an increase from a previously stated goal of 1,000 new U.S. stores, is a realistic goal.

Currently, Whole Foods operates approximately 365 stores globally. The company has also stated it plans to expand to 1,000 stores located in the U.K., and Canada.

In addition, Whole Foods opened its first store in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 18. The 56,000-sq.-ft. store features a rooftop tap room and restaurant, a take-out venue from ramen chef Yuji Hariguchi, and a 20,000-sq.-ft. rooftop greenhouse built in partnership with Gotham Greens.

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