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Schostak Brothers acquires 23-center portfolio

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Livonia, Michigan— Schostak Brothers & Company, Inc. announced the acquisition of 23 shopping centers from Coldwater Liquidating Trust. The purchase is part of a bankruptcy liquidation in which Schostak Brothers purchased the majority of the remaining Coldwater Liquidating Trust portfolio, totaling 405,000 sq. ft.

The 23 shopping centers span 19 states, and is the third acquisition of Super Walmart shopping centers in less than a year.

Five other centers purchased in 2013 were also acquired through the same bankruptcy, and one was purchased from an individual property seller. These recent acquisitions total 29 properties for 497,738 sq. ft.

“We’ve monitored this bankruptcy for several years and are looking forward to the continued expansion and diversification of our portfolio as a result of this sizeable retail acquisition,” said David Schostak. CEO, Schostak Brothers & Company. “The 23 shopping centers are currently 82% occupied and position us to capture a significant upside through lease-up potential.”

In recent years, Schostak Brothers has assembled a sizeable portfolio of Wal-Mart shadow-anchored centers, now totaling 63 properties and more than 1.4 million sq. ft.

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Belk to make Juban Crossing debut this summer

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Denham Springs, La. — Belk will open a 75,000-sq.-ft. store in Denham Springs, Louisiana, near Baton Rouge, that will become the first department store anchor at the regional lifestyle center at Juban Crossing. The grand opening is slated for October 15.

The new, $7-million store will feature the latest retail design and décor for the Charlotte, North Carolina chain.

“The store will represent the best of the Belk brand and our modern, southern, style,” said Jan Clevenger, chair of the Belk Western Division based in Birmingham, Ala. “We look forward to providing the top brands, the best in service and a deep commitment to this community.”

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Esri’s Tapestry Segmentation offers insight to changing population

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Redlands, Calif. — Esri announced the next generation of its Tapestry Segmentation system, which reflects a decade of analysis of major U.S. events such as the housing boom of the early 2000s and its long-term impacts on the U.S. population.

Tapestry, which provides accurate, structured classification of U.S. neighborhoods based on segmentation methodology and socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, uncovered current trends including reduced incomes, lower home values, and an increasingly diverse population. A steady shift in household types from traditional to nontraditional families and an aging population are also portrayed.

“Tapestry segments reflect both the stability of gradual change in a maturing population and the impact of big events like the Great Recession," said Catherine Spisszak, data products manager at Esri. "Though many segments are new in order to depict this change, most segments remain the same so users can easily transition to the next generation of the system."

Esri provides access to Tapestry data across the ArcGIS platform in reports, web maps, infographics, and data enrichment, so anyone can easily understand local markets.

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