CBRE ANNOUNCES 15-YEAR LEASE TO SMART & FINAL IN HUNTINGTON PARK, CA
06 Mar 2018
CBRE announced a 15-year lease to Smart & Final, the value-focused warehouse-style grocery chain, in Huntington Park, CA.
CBRE collaborated across multiple business units to structure the pre-lease and construction of the first two-story Smart & Final store. CBRE’s Jamie Brooks represented the landlord, a private real estate owner, and Shahin Adeli of CBRE Debt & Structured Finance arranged construction financing via a reverse build-to-suit lease.
Shahin structured an $8 million new loan to pay off the existing debt, provide cash-out at close, allow for reimbursement payments to be drawn from loan proceeds, and provide an additional $1 million cash out to the landlord once the project is completed and certificate of occupancy received. Smart & Final was responsible for obtaining building permits for the construction of the property. Brooks was able to resolve several challenges, including changing construction costs and extension of deadlines.
The property, at 7130 Mission Place and 3111 East Florence Avenue, is just south of Downtown Los Angeles, an area well-known for its vibrant culture. Smart & Final was actively seeking a new location in Huntington Park for several years. The new site sits within a 5-mile radius of a densely populated neighborhood, home to more than 1 million people.
Consumer interest in discounted, off-price and low-priced goods has increased significantly in the wake of the 2008 recession. Spending has partially shifted toward lower-priced options across most categories and has benefited sectors such as discount markets and fast-casual restaurants. Despite the recovery of the overall economy, the U.S. consumer has retained interested in low prices and values, according to CBRE’s latest holiday retail report.
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