Tauro Capital Advisors has closed a one-year $149 million floating bridge loan on a 24-property Walgreens portfolio spanning nine states. The stores are located primarily in Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Alabama and encompass 314,852 square feet in total.

The financing transaction was led by Matt Bucaro, a managing partner at Tauro in Los Angeles, and closed in less than 45 days. In a statement announcing the deal, Tauro said the IBF Properties, which purchased the properties in 2021, is buying retail assets occupied by investment-grade tenants en masse and plans to create a REIT to hold and operate the portfolio. Bucaro said that his team secured and arranged the refinancing to replace the higher interest rate acquisition financing, which he said is intended to bridge the gap until the REIT is formed and more permanent debt is placed.

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