Weingarten in Northwest Venture

It will run some shopping centers.
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Weingarter Realty Investors

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said Wednesday that it entered into a joint venture with AEW Capital Management.

The Houston-based company said that the JV aquired four grocery-anchored shopping centers and two power centers totaling 523,000 square feet. Four of the properties are located in the Seattle/Tacoma area and two are in Portland, Ore.

The JV is owned 80% by AEW's institutional client. Weingarten, which owns 20%, will manage the properties.

"This is a very important acquisition for us as it marks our entry into two desirable markets -- Portland, Oregon and Seattle/Tacoma, Washington. These properties have exceptional locations, high-quality anchor tenants, and high occupancy rates. Furthermore, we are also pleased to add another strategic partnership with AEW," the comapny said.

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