Bryan Wirt closes an 82,688-square-foot shopping center in Sacramento

Merlone Geier Makes Shopping Center Play

By Natalie Dolce | Sacramento

“This is one of the most prominent grocery-anchored retail centers on one of the busiest intersections in Sacramento… it is definitely a great piece of real estate,” Wirt tells GlobeSt.com.

SACRAMENTO—The University Village Shopping Center, located at the southeast intersection of Fair Oaks Blvd. and Howe Avenue in Sacramento has changed hands. The seller wasHowe and University LLC, a local investor that acquired the property in 2002.

Merlone Geier Partners, a San Francisco-based investment company, purchased University Village Shopping Center for an undisclosed price, which is reportedly said to be around $20 million.

TRI Commercial/CORFAC International’s Bryan Wirt was the only broker involved in the deal. The 82,688-square-foot shopping center is approximately 97% occupied with only one, 1,700-square-foot space available for lease.

“This is one of the most prominent grocery-anchored retail centers on one of the busiest intersections in Sacramento… it is definitely a great piece of real estate,” Wirt, who specializes in retail real estate investment sales, tells GlobeSt.com.

Wirt adds that it was a “value-add” investment for Merlone Geier Partners and that portions of the property could be redeveloped to add more retail space.

The center, located at 27 University Ave., is anchored by Safeway in approximately 27,000 square feet. Other tenants include CVS, Citibank, Starbucks, AT&T and Bandera Restaurant.

Merlone Geier Partners is a private real estate investment company focused on the acquisition, development and redevelopment of retail and retail-driven mixed-use properties on the West Coast. Primarily focused on community and neighborhood shopping centers, the firm and its predecessor, M&H Realty Partners, has been actively investing in West Coast retail property since 1993.

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