LOS ANGELES – May 2, 2017 – CBRE Global Investors and German investment company Universal-Investment have acquired North Point MarketCenter, a 427,053 square foot Class A regional retail center located in an affluent suburb of Atlanta. The acquisition was made on behalf of Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK), one of Germany’s largest institutional investors. The asset is 97 percent leased.
North Point MarketCenter is well-located within Alpharetta, Georgia’s dominant retail area at the corner of North Point Parkway and Haynes Bridge Road. It benefits from excellent accessibility and visibility off a major highway accessing the Atlanta suburbs, as well as from a complementary tenant base at the adjacent regional mall that promotes customer cross-traffic. The center features several segment-leading national retailers occupying a significant majority of the net rentable area, positioning it as the dominant retail center in the trade area.
CBRE Global Investors plans to make select capital improvements, including enhancements to way-finding, curb appeal and signage, and will drive performance through active asset management. New tenants will be opening soon to enrich the guest experience.
“Economic fundamentals, such as employment growth that is significantly above the national employment growth rate and healthy retail sales, have placed the Atlanta retail market on pace for continued positive growth,” said Stu Sziklas, Managing Director for CBRE Global Investors-Americas. ”We see opportunity with dominant retail centers, and the retailers we have at North Point MarketCenter, who represent the segment-leading brands in their respective categories, are well-positioned in this environment.”
“German institutional investors increased their stake in North American properties on our platform in the last three years significantly as they are looking for geographical diversification abroad,” said Alexander Tannenbaum, Managing Director at Universal-Investment in charge of the Real Estate division. “With its location in one of the largest retail agglomerations in the Atlanta area and its established retail concept the high-quality, North Point MarketCenter is a strategic supplement for the BVK mandate.”
About CBRE Global Investors
CBRE Global Investors is a global real estate investment management firm with $86.5 billion in assets under management* as of March 31, 2017.. The firm sponsors investment programs across the risk/return spectrum for investors worldwide.
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About Bayerische Versorgungskammer
Bayerische Versorgungskammer is the competence and service center for occupational and communal pension schemes and Germany´s largest pension scheme group under public law. As a public authority of the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior, it is the joint executive body of twelve liberal professions´ and communal pension schemes. Bayerische Versorgungskammer covers about 2.2 million insured persons in total, with contributions of € 4.4 billion and € 3.2 billion pension payments annually. It currently has € 69 billion assets under management and more than 1,200 employees. Visit www.versorgungskammer.de for more information.
With fund assets in excess of about EUR 303 billion under administration, thereof EUR 254 billion in own vehicles, over 1,000 funds and investment mandates and a workforce of around 650, Universal-Investment is the largest independent investment company in German-spoken Europe. The focus lies on the efficient and transparent administration of funds, securities, real estate and alternative asset classes. The 1968 founded company is headquartered in Frankfurt/Main and has subsidiaries and holdings in Luxemburg and Austria. As pioneer of the investment industry Universal-Investment is now market leader in the areas of master-KVG and private label funds. Owing to the strong growth since starting the real estate business in 2011, Universal-Investment established itself among the Top 3 companies for institutional open-ended real estate funds in Germany. (As per 31 March 2017)