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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

Strategic Location, Strong Labor Force Boost Columbus Industrial Market

The Columbus industrial market continues to thrive as a hot center for logistics, warehousing and manufacturing. Its strategic location within a one-day truck drive of 50 percent of the U.S. population and one-third of the Canadian population is an important part of this success. Other contributing factors to this success include a strong Midwestern work ethic, low cost of real estate, low taxes, low wages and minimal union activity. With a total population of about 2 million in metro..

October 26, 2017

Downtown Columbus Office Market Devises Solutions to Parking Shortage

In today’s world, nearly every company is a technology company. That trend is changing the way we do business and interact with one another. Ted Anglyn, president of the Parking Property Advisors, summarizes how these changes are impacting space utilization, which in turn affects parking needs: The space per square foot per employee in newly leased office space decreased from a range of 300 to 350 square feet per person in 2005 to 150 to 200 square feet in 2010. [caption..

October 19, 2017

Cleveland Office Market Sees String of New Projects

Cleveland’s central business district (CBD) continues to make headlines as events like the Republican National Convention, the 2016 and 2017 NBA Championships and the 2016 World Series earned national attention. Within the office market, trends such as “flight to quality” and  office-to-residential conversions, which are driven by a hot apartment market, have reduced surplus supply and lowered vacancies. This has shaped metrics positively, and has put Cleveland in a position of strength..

August 17, 2017

Toledo’s Industrial Market Is in Need of Large-Format Speculative Construction

A snapshot of Toledo’s industrial real estate market at the end of 2016 reveals a well-performing sector, maintaining the steady improvement recorded during the prior year. In fact, the vital signs of the property sector hit some of their best levels in a decade last year. By the end of the year, every key metric was up from midyear 2016 and year-end 2015. One bit of cloudiness trying to sneak in on the otherwise very sunny picture, however, is the limited supply of available space..

May 25, 2017

Millennials Flocking to Downtown Columbus, Ohio

Millennials are the future, they’re concerned about the future and they’re bringing all of us into the future. This generation wants to live where they do their “living.” They want green space, bike paths, access to transit or shared transportation and an active neighborhood. In short, they want to live in downtown Columbus. Not the downtown of years ago, where the streets rolled up at 5 p.m. and you’d be hard-pressed to find a coffee shop open on the weekend. But the downtown of..

February 23, 2017

Cincinnati, Dayton Closing the Gap: Why the Push to Merge the MSAs is a Winning Strategy

The tale of two Ohio cities — Cincinnati and Dayton — is a story of growth. It takes less than an hour to travel between Cincinnati and Dayton. The two metros sit about 55 miles apart along Interstate 75, and that distance is slowly getting shorter. Since 2000, the cities have been growing together along the I-75 corridor, with significant growth over the past five years. The northern suburbs of Cincinnati have experienced exponential growth over the last 20 years stemming from the..

February 2, 2017

Once-Dormant Office Development Pipeline in Downtown Cleveland Now Growing

Cleveland’s relatively affordable cost of living compared with other major Midwestern cities is attracting businesses to the metro area, fueling demand for office space. A steady stream of new employment opportunities supported the 1.6 percent expansion of Cleveland’s workforce over the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30. Hiring during that period was driven by the education and health services sectors, which collectively added 9,300 positions. It is expected that by year-end 2016,..

December 15, 2016

Chinese Investors Buy 75 Percent Interest in Welltower Seniors Housing Portfolio for $930M

TOLEDO, OHIO — A joint venture between Cindat Capital Management Limited and Union Life Insurance has purchased a 75 percent interest in a Welltower-owned portfolio of seniors housing properties for $930 million. The acquisition represents Cindat’s first foray into U.S. health care real estate investment. The portfolio contains 11 seniors housing properties that are leased to Brookdale Senior Living, as well as 28 skilled nursing facilities leased to Genesis Healthcare. Welltower will..

November 3, 2016

Spec Office Development Gains Steam in Ohio’s Suburbs for First Time in Years

From Cleveland to Cincinnati, speculative Class A office development is on the rise in Ohio for the first time in at least five years. Primarily occurring in the suburbs, 3 to 4 million square feet of spec development is driven by a lack of office space as well as pent-up demand for new space with an urban feel that contains retail and multifamily components. Most spec office development reflects the demands of both Millennials and Baby Boomers. These significant population groups seek to..

September 8, 2016