Strategic remerchandising of former Sears box further strengthens and distinguishes PREIT’s portfolio
Philadelphia, PA, June 20, 2019 – PREIT (NYSE: PEI) today announced Burlington as the lead replacement for Sears at Dartmouth Mall in North Dartmouth, MA following the Company’s proactive recapture of the store. PREIT is in discussions with other large format retailers to complement Burlington. This strategic remerchandising is another key milestone in PREIT’s anchor repositioning efforts to elevate its portfolio with differentiated and high-quality concepts that will increase traffic and sales. With no unleased department stores in its core mall portfolio, PREIT has replaced 13 department stores in 3 years in an active core portfolio of 18 properties, defining the Company as the most successful landlord in navigating recent retail disruption. In these 13 stores, PREIT welcomes over 30 new tenants spanning a variety of consumer categories: off-price, sports & leisure, fitness, arts & crafts, dining & entertainment, home décor as well as traditional department stores.
Burlington, the national off-price retailer, is expected to open in Spring 2020, occupying 43,000 square feet and offering an assortment of modern high-quality, designer and name-brand merchandise, including a large selection of coats, clothing, and shoes, as well as various home décor. As demand for off-price retail continues to gain popularity among consumers, Burlington joins recent addition Five Below, providing another new value-oriented offering to consumers at the mall. Later this year, Hollister and Shoe Show will join the roster of tenants. Dartmouth Mall continues to be a strong performer in PREIT’s portfolio with sales per square foot registering at $522 and occupancy of 98.3% as of March 31, 2019.
As part of the reconfiguration and recapture of the Sears space, PREIT expects to add up to seven freestanding dining and retail establishments totaling approximately 35,000 square feet, capitalizing on this highly-visible location.
Our portfolio in high barrier-to-entry markets boasts no unleased anchors, strengthened by strategic, targeted redevelopment initiatives that further improve the quality of our properties and earnings stream. This recent transaction at a market-dominant property with a well-respected retailer furthers our mission to enhance the quality of our portfolio.
Dartmouth Mall is the dominant enclosed regional mall within a 30 mile radius in Southeast Massachusetts – well-located near popular vacation destinations of Cape Code, MA and Newport, RI.
Burlington will be joining a dynamic roster of tenants including Old Navy, H&M, Forever 21 and Francesca’s. The property also boasts a well-curated mix of dining and entertainment offerings including Buffalo Wild Wings, Olive Garden and Panera Bread, and a 12-screen dine and recline AMC Cinema.
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.
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