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Jan. 28, 2013

A&B Properties Acquires West Oahu Shopping Mall for $29.8M

By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

A&B Properties Inc., the real estate subsidiary of Honolulu-based Alexander & Baldwin, has acquired the 170,275-square-foot Waianae Mall in Leeward Oahu from TNP Strategic Retail Trust Inc. The $29.8 million purchase price included the assumption of a $19.7 million mortgage, at a 5.4 percent interest rate.

“The Waianae Mall acquisition redeploys proceeds realized from a July 2012 land sale, on a tax-advantaged basis, into a favorably priced, significantly higher income-generating commercial property on Oahu,” said Christopher Benjamin, A&B’s president & COO.

Located 32 miles west of downtown Honolulu, the 10-building retail center on the Waianae Coast serves an area of approximately 35,000 residents. It was built in 1981 and it is anchored by a Long’s/CVS drugstore and a City Mill hardware store. The property’s additional tenants include American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Burger King, Goodyear Tire, Jamba Juice, Pizza Hut, Radio Shack and Starbucks.

The Waianae Mall’s new owner has already secured a lease agreement with a tenant that will boost occupancy at the center from 79 percent at closing to 93 percent. The lease becomes effective in February.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to provide retail options for Waianae’s growing community and to be reinvesting in Hawaii, a market we know best.  We plan to revitalize the mall and restore it as an important retail and community center for Waianae residents,” Benjamin added.

In a separate transaction, A&B Properties Inc. sold the Northpoint Industrial property in Fullerton, Calif., for $14.9 million. The two-building industrial facility offers 119,400 square feet of space. The company now plans to reinvest the proceeds from this transaction into an income-producing property in Hawaii via the 1031 exchange process.

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