Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI), a leading owner, manager and developer of shopping centers, announced today that during the second quarter of 2013, the Company sold 11 non-core properties, five of which were owned in various joint ventures and three land parcels. For the quarter and year-to-date, the Company’s share of proceeds from dispositions totaled $108 million and $124 million, respectively. This capital was redeployed into outstanding new acquisitions totaling $71 million during the quarter; bringing the year-to-date acquisitions to $89 million. This year’s acquisitions continue to strengthen the portfolio as they have an average household income of over $81,000 within a three-mile trade area and approximately 50% college graduates, which are 23% and 39%, respectively higher than the same measures for the properties sold in 2013. Second quarter acquisitions As previously reported, the Company acquired Queen Anne Marketplace in Seattle, Washington. The shopping center is 66,000 square feet and anchored by Metropolitan Market, an upscale neighborhood grocer operating in a densely populated, high barrier-to-entry urban infill location. The three-mile trade area enjoys a population of over 200,000 people with over 68% holding college degrees. The property was purchased in a joint venture between Weingarten Realty Investors and Bouwinvest in which WRI will hold a 51% interest. This is the first acquisition in the joint venture that seeks to invest approximately $275 million in high quality community and neighborhood shopping centers anchored by market-dominant retailers utilizing up to 50% leverage. WRI also acquired Independence Plaza, a 324,000 square foot center in Laredo, Texas. This shopping center features a top performing H-E-B, T.J. Maxx, Ross, Hobby Lobby, Petco and Ulta Beauty. Independence Plaza is 96% leased and generates approximately 80% of its income from these national retailers. The Laredo MSA has the largest job growth forecast in the nation over the next 10 years. The region benefits from jobs created by natural gas exploration in the Eagle Ford Shale Formation and the Port of Laredo which is the nation’s largest inland port and handles 60% of all U.S. trade with Mexico. With this addition, WRI owns and manages a portfolio of 13 shopping centers comprised of 1.7 million square feet in South Texas.
“We are pleased to add this dominant property to our South Texas portfolio that is over 96% leased and where approximately 90% of the income comes from strong national and regional tenants,” said Drew Alexander, President and Chief Executive Officer.About Weingarten Realty Investors Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) is a commercial real estate owner, manager and developer. At March 31, 2013, the Company owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 288 developed income-producing properties and two properties under various stages of construction and development. The total number of properties includes 286 neighborhood and community shopping centers and four other operating properties located in 21 states spanning the country from coast to coast. At March 31, 2013, the Company’s portfolio of properties was approximately 53.0 million square feet. To learn more about the Company’s operations and growth strategies, please visit www.weingarten.com.