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Grocery-anchored shopping centers—one of the most popular retail assets because of their resistance to the Internet—have come roaring onto the market in early 2018. According to brokers at Hanley Investment Group, several opportunities for retail grocery centers have come to market in Southern California, mostly thanks to REIT portfolio restructures. In fact, the firm recently brokered the sale of La Verne Courtyard, an 84,368-square-foot shopping center anchored by ALDI and Orchard Supply Hardware. The property price tag was not disclosed, but CoStar reported the asset traded hands for $20.7 million. While there are more opportunities to buy a grocery-anchored center, the supply still doesn’t match the strong demand for these assets. To find out more about the new supply and how it is impacting the market, we sat down with Hanley Investment Group president Ed Hanley and EVPs Bill Asher and Kevin Fryman for an exclusive interview.

GlobeSt.com: Why is there an increase in the supply of grocery-anchored shopping centers on the market? Kevin Fryman: The market for grocery-anchored centers in infill markets remains strong with interest from both the institutional buyers, private 1031 exchange buyers and foreign investors. So far, this year, we have seen an increase in the supply as sellers recognize that this is an ideal time to sell. However, there still remains limited properties available similar to La Verne Courtyard in both size and quality. Although supply has picked up in 2018 compared to previous years, the recent increase still isn’t as robust to satisfy the overall demand that remains in the grocery-anchored category. The recent uptick in supply can be attributed to the continuation of REITs upgrading their portfolios and selling their non-core assets, interest rate increases volatility, and grocer consolidation. There are currently 39 grocery-anchored shopping centers on the market for sale in California at an average cap rate of 6.43%, per CoStar.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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