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Parent Company of Burger King Acquires Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for $1.8B

ATLANTA — Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI) (NYSE: QSR) has agreed to acquire Atlanta-based Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI) for $1.8 billion. Ontario, Canada-based RBI is the parent company of fast food giants Burger King and Tim Hortons. The company owns a portfolio of over 20,000 restaurants throughout the world. Popeyes will continue to be managed independently in the U.S. following the close of the transaction, which is slated for April of this year. RBI plans..

February 21, 2017

Rising Interest Rates Top Concern for Real Estate Executives, According to Seyfarth Market Sentiment Survey

CHICAGO — Rising interest rates continue to dominate concerns for U.S. commercial real estate executives in 2017, according to Seyfarth Shaw’s second annual survey of the commercial real estate market. Seyfarth’s 2017 Real Estate Market Sentiment Survey found that respondents are even more hawkish about interest rate increases this year (98 percent concerned) compared to last year (90 percent concerned). Of these “hawks,” 77 percent expect multiple rate increases in 2017. Other..

February 21, 2017

Parkway to Sell Minority Interest in Houston’s Greenway Plaza, Phoenix Tower Office Properties for $512.1M

HOUSTON — Parkway Properties (NYSE: PKY), a Houston-based REIT, has agreed to sell 49 percent interest in Greenway Plaza and Phoenix Tower, two Class A office properties in the Greenway submarket of Houston, for $512.1 million. Ownership of the two properties will now be a joint venture between Parkway, TH Real Estate, Silverpeak Real Estate Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Parkway will retain a 51 percent majority interest in the portfolio, with TH Real Estate and..

February 20, 2017

Cushman & Wakefield Brokers $67.1M Sale of Four Warehouse, Distribution Buildings in Orlando

ORLANDO, FLA. — Cushman & Wakefield has brokered the $67.1 million sale of four Class A warehouse and distribution buildings in Orlando totaling 946,379 square feet. The portfolio includes Beachline Distribution Center I and II and Crossroads Business Park V and VI. The buildings were fully leased at the time of sale to tenants including FedEx Smartpost, Dusobox, McKesson, Mattress One, Petco and US Mattress Depot. Each building offers front-load and cross-dock capabilities,..

February 17, 2017

Japanese Tech Conglomerate to Acquire Fortress Investment Group for $3.3B

NEW YORK AND TOKYO — SoftBank Group Corp., a Tokyo-based tech conglomerate, has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which the company will acquire equity firm Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG) for approximately $3.3 billion in cash. Founded in 1998, Fortress has 1,100 employees and $70.1 billion in assets under management as of Sept. 30, 2016. Private equity funds and permanent capital vehicles, including commercial real estate, comprise about 65 percent of the..

February 16, 2017

Building Emotional Connection to Visitors Paramount to Retail Success, Say EEE Panelists

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. — The retail landscape is changing, and the tried and true formulas for retail centers and malls are no longer cutting it. The convenience of e-commerce is cutting into purchases once almost exclusively entrusted to the local mall, and consumer tastes are evolving to demand better experiences from the centers they choose to shop at with their discretionary dollars. Those were the conclusions suggested by panelists at the third annual Entertainment Experience Evolution..

February 16, 2017

Blakefield to Develop 2,200-Acre Master-Planned Community Near Austin, Texas

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Travis County Commissioners Court has approved Blakefield LLC’s plans to develop Thomas Ranch, a 2,200-acre master-planned community off Highway 71 and Paleface Ranch Road in Western Travis County near Austin. The community will be situated around the shoreline along the Pedernales River. Thomas Ranch will include approximately 3,300 single-family homes; apartments; a marketplace of shops, entertainment venues and restaurants; a resort hotel and spa; a town square;..

February 15, 2017

Provident Realty Advisors Completes $95M Multifamily Redevelopment of the Former Texaco Building in Houston

HOUSTON — Provident Realty Advisors has completed the redevelopment of the former Texaco building in Houston as a luxury multifamily complex. The project costs were estimated at $95 million. The skyscraper, located at 1111 Rusk St., has been a historic landmark in Houston since its completion over 100 years ago. The 410,000-square-foot property was built in 1915, but has been vacant since 1989. The founders of Texaco originally commissioned the building, which the famed New York..

February 14, 2017

Looming Repeal of Affordable Care Act Shakes Up Otherwise Healthy Forecast for Healthcare Real Estate

In 2016, the national vacancy rate for medical office buildings hit an all-time low, net absorption rose to its highest mark since 2008, rents grew and investment activity remained strong. But despite last year’s strong performance, Colliers International’s 2017 Health Care Marketplace Report shows that questions loom for the year ahead in the medical office space. While every administration change causes some degree of uncertainty, this year’s shift is markedly different as healthcare..

February 14, 2017

Sunstone Hotel Investors Sells 444-Room Fairmont Newport Beach For $125M

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. — Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. (NYSE: SHO) has sold Fairmont Newport Beach, a 444-room hotel in the Southern California city of Newport Beach, for $125 million. Although the buyer was not disclosed, Marriott has added the hotel to its website as The Duke Hotel Newport Beach. Meanwhile, Visit Newport Beach, a nonprofit organization that promotes the city’s tourism, has also begun referring to the hotel as The Duke. The hotel property features 22,000 square feet..

February 13, 2017