IRVINE, CA-A locally based group of investors in a 1031 exchange have acquired a 15-store portfolio from Del Taco restaurants in a sale-leaseback, according to Faris Lee Investments, which brokered the deal. The restaurants are located in Arizona, California and Nevada and were built between 1998 and 2002.

The buyer was Innovative Property Partners LLC, a group of investors based in Orange County, who were represented by Richard Walter and Dennis Vaccaro of Faris Lee, which is based in Irvine. Del Taco Corp., which represented itself in the transaction, executed 20-year absolute NNN leases with the buyer and will continue to operate the properties.

Del Taco was founded in 1961 and operates or franchisees more than 510 restaurants in 16 states. The company is based in the Orange County city of Lake Forest.

According to Walter, who is president of Faris Lee Investments, “Del Taco Corp. was interested in a quick sale of the properties, and we were able to close the sale in just 45 days, which also met the needs of the 1031 buyer.” Walter notes that closing on 15 different sites in three different states “required a great deal of work during the due diligence process” in order to close by the deadline and to meet the expectations of both the seller and the buyer.

Walter adds that Faris Lee Capital, the financing arm for Faris Lee, coordinated and placed the financing for the buyer, who was attracted to the long-term leases and well located properties. He notes that Faris Lee is seeking other sale-leaseback opportunities to match buyer needs with niche opportunities like this one.