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Brookfield Residential Acquires Developer OliverMcMillan, Including ‘Certain Assets’

CALGARY, ALBERTA AND SAN DIEGO — Brookfield Residential Properties Inc., the residential development arm of private equity firm Brookfield Asset Management, has closed on its acquisition of OliverMcMillan, a San Diego-based developer of large-scale mixed-use properties. Details of the acquisition were not disclosed, but on a conference call Wednesday (Feb. 7), Brookfield Residential chairman and CEO Alan Norris stated that the acquisition encompasses “certain assets” of..

February 8, 2018

Investors in Buy Mode, Keen on Value-Add Opportunities, Concludes RCM Survey

CARLSBAD, CALIF. — A majority of commercial real estate investors indicate that they are in a buying mode in 2018 and are particularly focused on properties in the value-add space, according to a survey conducted by Real Capital Markets (RCM). The National Investor Sentiment Report and follow-up interviews were completed in early January by RCM, a Carlsbad-based online technology platform for buying and selling commercial real estate. RCM surveyed more than 250 investors active in all..

February 8, 2018

UK-based EG Group to Buy Kroger’s Convenience Store Business for $2.1B

CINCINNATI — United Kingdom-based EG Group has agreed to acquire Kroger’s (NYSE: KR) convenience store business for $2.1 billion. Kroger’s convenience store arm employs 11,000 workers in 18 states across 66 franchise operations. The stores operate under the brands Turkey Hill, Loaf 'N Jug, Kwik Shop, Tom Thumb and Quik Stop. Kroger's convenience store business generated $4 billion in revenue, including the sale of 1.2 billion gallons of fuel, in 2016. EG Group will establish its..

February 7, 2018

Arby’s Completes $2.9B Acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings, Launches New Company

ATLANTA — Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. has completed its $2.9 billion acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. As part of the transaction, the company launched a new restaurant company known as Inspire Brands Inc. The company will oversee the growth of Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and an emerging brand, R Taco. More than 4,600 company-owned and franchised restaurants across 15 countries are within Inspire’s portfolio. The combined global sales of its restaurants in 2017 exceeded $7.6..

February 6, 2018

Job Growth, Wage Gains Signal Healthy Start to 2018, Say Real Estate Researchers

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 200,000 in January, beating economists’ expectations, while unemployment held steady at 4.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said in a report released on Friday, Feb. 2. Perhaps most importantly, average hourly earnings increased 2.9 percent, marking the biggest jump since the end of the Great Recession. While upward pressure on wages is good news for workers and the economy, experts caution that an increase in wages could lead to a..

February 6, 2018

ING Underwrites, Closes $235.1M Acquisition Loan for Office Tower in Downtown Chicago

CHICAGO — ING Capital LLC has underwritten and closed a $231.5 million senior loan for the acquisition of One South Dearborn, an 828,538-square-foot office tower located in downtown Chicago’s Central Loop. The borrower was Connecticut-based Starwood Capital Group. ING expects to syndicate a portion of the senior loan in the coming weeks. Deutsche Asset Management provided a $62.5 million mezzanine loan for the acquisition. Hines developed the 40-story, Class A property in 2005. Law..

February 5, 2018

Bon-Ton Unveils Locations of 42 Store Closures, Largely Across Midwest

MILWAUKEE — The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. has unveiled the 42 store locations that will be closing as part of a previously announced “store rationalization program.” The closing locations are in addition to five other recently announced store closures, four of which the company completed at the end of January. The affected stores include locations under all of the company’s nameplates — Herberger’s, Carson’s, Bergner’s, Younkers, Elder-Beerman and Boston Store. "As part of the..

February 2, 2018

Oxford Properties, CPPIB Acquire Manhattan Site for $700M, Plan Mixed-Use Development

NEW YORK CITY — Oxford Properties Group and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) have closed on the $700 million acquisition of a 3.25-acre development site in the Hudson Square district of Manhattan’s Midtown South submarket. The historic St. John’s Terminal site, which will be redeveloped into a mixed-use project, is situated south of West Houston Street and features 600 feet of frontage along the Hudson River. The northern portion of the site was not included in the..

February 1, 2018

IRR: Moderate, Steady Growth Predicted for Commercial Real Estate in 2018

The outlook for the year in commercial real estate is cautiously optimistic, as several signs of excess that cause market corrections begin to amass, according to the 2018 edition of Viewpoint, an annual commercial real estate trends report released by Integra Realty Resources (IRR). Annual job growth dropped from 2.3 percent in early 2015 to 1.4 percent in October 2017, while real weekly incomes rose only 0.4 percent for the 12 months ending in October 2017. Production and non-supervisory..

February 1, 2018

Portman Holdings Secures $150M Construction Financing for Office Tower in Midtown Atlanta

ATLANTA — Portman Holdings has secured $150 million in financing to build a 21-story office building in Atlanta’s Technology Square. The 352,000-square-foot, build-to-suit Anthem Technology Center will be situated near Georgia Tech in Midtown. This area is known as an innovation hotbed with research facilities, incubators, technology start-ups and the Georgia Institute of Technology campus. Healthcare insurance giant Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) will occupy the space. The offices will serve as a..

January 31, 2018