The JV alreadyhas 15 other properties in the region that are about 95%occupied, and include the 64,583-sf Witawa Family Center inGdynia's Tricity submarket. M. Jason Mattox, chief administrativeofficer for Behringer, would not reveal the purchase price of therecent properties acquired. He says the investment could beimpacted by the sinking global markets, but are too valuable in thelong run. "The population still has to eat," he tells"This investment capitalizes on basic functions such as groceryshopping. We also believe that this area has a stronger growth ratethan the rest of Europe, it would be hard for the economy to stopthat trend."


He says the area has been underserved by grocery stores. Tenantsof the recently acquired properties include Plus Discount andAhold, both grocery stores, and the home decorating store Jysk."These tenants have the experience to know these markets," Mattoxsays.


The goal of the JV is to buy these properties piecemeal at adiscount, then combine them into a larger portfolio and sell them,Mattox says. "We have a three-to-six year time horizon, startingthis year," he says.

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