Avison Young Negotiates $70M Sale-Leaseback of Transformco Distribution Center in Central Florida

by John Nelson

OCALA, FLA. — Avison Young’s Florida Capital Markets Group has negotiated the sale-leaseback of the approximately 1.9 million-square-foot Transformco Distribution Center located at 655 S.W. 52nd Ave. in Ocala. HFZ-Reich, a partnership between HFZ Capital Group and Reich Brothers, purchased the asset for $70 million. Michael Fay, Jay Ziv, John Crotty, David Duckworth, Brian de la Fé, Berkley Bloodworth and Emily Brais of Avison Young negotiated the sale on behalf of the seller and tenant, Transform Holdco (Transformco). With the sale-leaseback agreement, Transformco continues to occupy the property to operate its main distribution center supporting Sears, Kmart and Hometown stores in the Southeast United States. The 10-year lease agreement includes a 10-year renewal option for Transformco. In conjunction with the sale of 126,336-square-foot Sears store at 9409 U.S. Highway 19 in Port Richey, Fla., the Transformco deal marks $300 million in sales for Avison Young’s Florida Capital Markets Group in the past two months.

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