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Amazon-Whole Foods Merger ‘Reinforces Importance of Brick-and-Mortar Presence,’ Says Marcus & Millichap

The recent announcement that online retail giant Amazon plans to acquire upscale grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion sent ripples through the commercial real estate industry when it was announced in June. The move signals a lot of trends and changes within the retail sector, according to a newly released report by real estate brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap. “The purchase highlights the importance of omnichannel platforms, which incorporate a blend of brick-and-mortar..

July 18, 2017

TIER REIT Acquires Office Tower in Metro Dallas for $123.3M, Exits Louisville Market with $71.5M Portfolio Sale

PLANO, TEXAS — TIER REIT Inc. (NYSE: TIER) has acquired 5851 Legacy Circle, a 12-story office tower in the Legacy Town Center area of Plano, for $123.3 million. The sale includes the assumption of a $66 million mortgage loan. The seller was not disclosed. The property, also known as Tower One, is master leased to Encana Corp., which has subleased 88 percent of the property to tenants such as LegacyTexas Bank, U.S. Renal Care and Aimbridge Hospitality. The Class A, 319,000-square-foot..

June 27, 2017

Political Polarization, Global Uncertainty Top List of Issues Affecting Real Estate, Says Counselors of Real Estate

DENVER — Global uncertainty and political polarization are the issues that will have the most significant impact on the real estate industry in 2017 and 2018, according to The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE). The findings come from the organization’s Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate, which it released Wednesday during a keynote address by Scott Muldavin, 2017 chair of CRE, at the annual conference of the National Association of Real Estate Editors in Denver. CRE is a professional..

June 15, 2017

Core Retail Sales Are at All-Time High Despite Industry Shakeout, Says Nadji at RECon

LAS VEGAS — The roof isn’t about to cave in on the retail industry despite a rash of store closures and bankruptcies. Far from it, insists Hessam Nadji, president and CEO of Marcus & Millichap. Core retail sales, which exclude auto and gasoline sales, have risen 28 percent from the peak of 2008 on a nominal basis and 12 percent when adjusted for inflation, according to combined data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau and Marcus & Millichap. Unlike the..

May 30, 2017

RECon Recap: ‘The Magic’ Is Reimagining Real Estate, Panel Concludes

LAS VEGAS — In the midst of a particularly tumultuous period for the retail sector, evidenced by waves of store closures, what advice do seasoned shopping center executives have for aspiring young professionals seeking to make their mark in this business? The question arose Monday during a panel discussion moderated by Marcus & Millichap’s Bill Rose, national director of the brokerage firm’s retail group, at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel. The hour-long program, titled “Retail..

May 25, 2017

Waypoint Launches Student Housing Affiliate, Purchases Four-Property Portfolio for $102M

STAMFORD, CONN. — Waypoint Residential, a multifamily real estate investment firm, has officially launched its student housing affiliate, Waypoint Campus Housing LLC. The launch was marked by the new company’s acquisition of a four-property student housing portfolio for $102 million. The seller of the properties, which total 2,638 beds, was Chicago-based investment firm Blue Vista Capital Management. The properties in the portfolio include High View Place near the University of Texas..

May 16, 2017

Meridian Capital Group Arranges $19.9M Acquisition Loan for Multifamily Community in Chicago

CHICAGO — Meridian Capital Group has arranged $19.9 million in bridge financing for the acquisition of Ivy Park Homes, a multifamily community on Chicago’s South Side. The 80-acre property was 62 percent occupied and features a basketball court, jogging path, softball field and on-site parking. The three-year loan, provided by a national balance sheet lender, features full-term, interest-only payments and two one-year extension options. David Hayum, who works from Meridian’s New York City..

May 15, 2017

IFS Begins Work on $10M HVAC Project at Federal Building in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Integrated Facility Services (IFS) has begun work on a $10 million HVAC, plumbing and fire protection renovation project at the Robert A. Young Federal Building, a 1 million-square-foot property in downtown St. Louis. The project is part of design-build contractor McCarthy Building Cos.’ $62 million seismic retrofit of the 20-story building’s mechanical systems. The building, which was built in 1933 and is currently owned and managed by the U.S. General Services..

May 15, 2017

Missner Group to Renovate, Expand Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in Chicago

CHICAGO — The Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) has selected The Missner Group to undertake a renovation and expansion project for the company’s North Canal Street offices in Chicago. The 2,900-square-foot expansion will include interior improvements, a new physical therapy gym, reception area, paint and flooring. Heath Yarger is the project manager and Steve Bulger is the project superintendent for The Missner Group. Stephen Rankin Associates is providing the architectural..

May 15, 2017

Dickman Brokers 24,424 SF Industrial Sale in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

OAK CREEK, WIS. — The Dickman Co./CORFAC International has arranged the sale of a 24,424-square-foot industrial building located at 440 W. Bell Court in Oak Creek, approximately 12 miles south of Milwaukee. Final Frontier LLC purchased the building from Liberty Lane LLC. Samuel D. Dickman, Samuel M. Dickman Jr. and Cale Berg of The Dickman Co. were the brokers involved in this transaction.

May 15, 2017