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Cushman & Wakefield Acquires Houston-Based Colvill Office Properties

HOUSTON — Cushman & Wakefield has acquired Colvill Office Properties, a Houston-based provider of office agency leasing services. The company currently oversees marketing and leasing efforts for roughly 17 million square feet of Class A office space throughout the Houston area. The Colvill portfolio includes more than 30 individual properties in the central business district, Energy Corridor/Katy Freeway, Galleria/Uptown, Westchase, West Belt, Springwoods and Inner Loop submarkets. …

Pier 1 Imports Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — Home furnishing retailer Pier 1 Imports has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court in Richmond, Va., according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The filing comes about six weeks after the Fort Worth-based retailer announced that it would close some 450 stores, about half of its total store count. The company is also closing two distribution centers. Pier 1 has entered into a plan support agreement with its term loan lenders, which include Bank of America …

CoStar Group to Acquire Atlanta-Based Apartment Data Company for $588M

WASHINGTON, D.C. AND ATLANTA — CoStar Group has entered into an agreement to acquire Atlanta-based RentPath Inc. Although the sales price was not disclosed, The Wall Street Journal reports the sales price will be $588 million. RentPath, a digital marketing solutions provider to the multifamily housing industry, is voluntary filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. CoStar is a stalking horse bidder, meaning if another qualifying bid to purchase RentPath emerges, a bankruptcy auction bid will be held. …

SVN International Opens New Office in Lubbock

LUBBOCK, TEXAS — SVN International Corp., a full-service real estate franchisor of the SVN brand, has opened SVN | Westar Commercial Realty in Lubbock. Blake Truett and Bill Young will lead the new office, which will serve the greater West Texas area. The branch will offer services in brokerage, property management, tenant representation, investment sales, development consulting and real estate

Sherwin-Williams to Develop World Headquarters, R&D Center in Metro Cleveland for $600M

CLEVELAND AND BRECKSVILLE, OHIO — The Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW) plans to develop a new world headquarters building in downtown Cleveland, as well as a research and development (R&D) center in the Cleveland suburb of Brecksville. The company plans to invest $600 million to construct both facilities. The paint manufacturer and retailer’s headquarters building will span 1 million square feet just west of Public Square between Saint Clair and Superior avenues. The R&D center …

Cushman & Wakefield to Acquire Dallas-Based Pinnacle Property Management Services

CHICAGO AND DALLAS — Cushman & Wakefield has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pinnacle Property Management Services LLC, a Dallas-based apartment management firm. With more than 169,000 units across 839 properties in its operational portfolio, Pinnacle is the third-largest multifamily property management firm in the United States. The firm’s client list includes institutional, private and foreign investors; financial institutions; pension funds; private partnerships; sole …

Hair Salon Retailer Ratner Cos. to Close More Than 80 Salons

VIENNA, VA. — The Ratner Cos., the parent company of salon concepts such as Hair Cuttery, Bubbles and Salon Cielo, plans to trim its 844-store portfolio by 10 percent. The company plans to maintain a presence in all existing markets as it looks to shift resources to its best-performing salons. Ratner Cos. cites “intense competition and rising operating costs,” as well as shifting consumer shopping methods, as the basis for its decision. The firm has engaged in discussions with landlords …

Three Multifamily Broker Veterans Join IPA, Expanding Firm’s Central Florida Office

ORLANDO, FLA. — Shelton Granade, Luke Wickham and Justin Basquill have joined the Orlando office of Institutional Property Advisors (IPA), a division of Marcus & Millichap. Granade joins the firm as an executive managing director. Wickham and Basquill join the firm as senior managing director and first vice president, respectively. As a team, the three brokers have closed more than $10 billion in sales. All three brokers were formally with CBRE. “The addition of this outstanding team …

Bose to Close All Remaining U.S. Stores

FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — Bose Corp. will close all of its 54 stores in the U.S., as well as many remaining locations in Australia, Japan and Europe in the coming months, totaling 119 brick-and-mortar locations. The Framingham-based company, which specializes in audio engineering, said the closures are due to “dramatic” shifts to online shopping. Bose opened its first store in 1993 and currently has its biggest concentration of stores in the Northeast (10), Southern California (nine) and …

Walker & Dunlop Opens First Austin Office for Multifamily Investment Sales

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Multifamily finance firm Walker & Dunlop has announced the formation of a new investment sales team in Austin, which represents the company’s first office in the state capital. Managing directors Matt Pohl and Forrest Bass and vice president Spencer Roy, all of whom previously worked at HFF prior to its acquisition by JLL, will lead the team in the sourcing and execution of multifamily deals. The team will focus on Texas and markets in the Southeastern United States. The …

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