PREIT Comments on JCPenney Store Closing Plan
Philadelphia, PA, March 4, 2019 – PREIT (NYSE: PEI) today commented on JCPenney’s announced store closures:
PREIT is proud to highlight our strengthened anchor profile and confirm our prior commentary that we don’t anticipate any JCPenney closures as a result of their recent announcement of 2019 store closings. With no unleased department stores in our core portfolio and among the lowest exposure to Sears in the sector, we are uniquely positioned to execute on our strategy and capitalize on the opportunity to further diversify our earnings through the addition of multifamily and hotel units across our portfolio
As of December 31, 2018, PREIT portfolio operating metrics remain strong with core mall sales per square foot at $510 and 96.6% of core mall space leased.
Yielding no unleased department store spaces, PREIT has been proactive and aggressive in replacing challenged department stores. In two years, the Company has replaced 13 department stores. In 2019, over a dozen tenants will open in 4 former department store spaces as PREIT continues to diversify its mall tenant base.
PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages quality properties in compelling markets. PREIT’s robust portfolio of carefully curated retail and lifestyle offerings mixed with destination dining and entertainment experiences are located primarily in the densely-populated eastern U.S. with concentrations in the mid-Atlantic’s top MSAs. Since 2012, the company has driven a transformation guided by an emphasis on portfolio quality and balance sheet strength driven by disciplined capital expenditures. Additional information is available at www.preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Forward Looking Statements
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Additional factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements include those discussed herein and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors.” We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.