OAK BROOK, Ill.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Inland Real Estate Corporation (NYSE:IRC) today announced that its joint venture with Dutch pension fund advisor PGGM has acquired Cedar Center South, a 139,000 square foot shopping center located in University Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, for a purchase price of $24.9 million, excluding closing costs and adjustments. IRC’s equity contribution was funded with proceeds from recent sales of non-core assets.
“We are executing on our strategy to enhance the long-term growth potential of our portfolio through the acquisition of retail assets with credit-worthy tenancy, strong demographics and excellent market position”
“We are executing on our strategy to enhance the long-term growth potential of our portfolio through the acquisition of retail assets with credit-worthy tenancy, strong demographics and excellent market position,” said Scott Carr, chief investment officer for Inland Real Estate Corporation. “The acquisition of Cedar Center South advances our goal of increasing the geographic and tenant diversity of our portfolio, and presents the opportunity to add value through asset improvement initiatives. Further, by acquiring the center through our PGGM joint venture, we are utilizing our capital efficiently and achieving an attractive return on investment.”
Cedar Center South is anchored by a 45,300-square-foot Whole Foods grocery store – one of two serving all of the eastern Cleveland metropolitan area – and a 12,100-square-foot CVS/pharmacy, both on long-term leases that provide a stable, high credit quality income stream. The center also includes a complementary mix of other national and local retailers. The Company expects to leverage its property management expertise and market position to create additional value at the 83-percent-leased shopping center through leasing and asset repositioning initiatives. Upon closing, the joint venture assumed an $18.4 million property-level loan with a two-year term, which it expects to pay off or refinance upon maturity.
Cedar Center South is situated approximately eight miles east of downtown Cleveland in the inner ring suburb of University Heights. The center is surrounded by a dense and affluent population base of approximately 128,700 within a three-mile radius, earning an average household income of nearly $75,000. Including Cedar Center South, the Company currently has an ownership interest in four retail centers totaling more than 592,000 square feet of leasable area within the Cleveland metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
About Inland Real Estate Corporation
Inland Real Estate Corporation is a self-administered and self-managed publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates open-air neighborhood, community, power and lifestyle retail centers and single-tenant properties located primarily in the Midwestern United States. As of June 30, 2013, the Company owned interests in 154 investment properties, including 40 owned through its unconsolidated joint ventures, with aggregate leasable space of approximately 15 million square feet. For additional information, please visit www.inlandrealestate.com. To connect with Inland Real Estate Corporation via LinkedIn, please visit http://www.linkedin.com/company/inland-real-estate-corporation, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/IRC_REIT.
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