Riding on the heels of an announcement last spring to close more than a 100 of its brick-and-mortar locations, Sears is continuing to unwind its real asset holdings. The struggling retailer has retained Avison Young Florida Capital Group in an exclusive to market and sell three department stores and the largest Sears distribution center in the state.
If successful, the sales will provide millions in much-needed cash flow to fund Sears struggling operations. The five properties, located in Daytona Beach, Port Richey, Tampa, and Ocala, total more than 2.35 million square-feet. The largest of the properties is the 1.93 million square-foot distribution center located at 655 Southwest 52nd Avenue in Ocala, and is also the largest industrial building in Florida.
Sale-leaseback deals have been a preferred method of disposition for Sears, which allow the retailer to downsize, but continue its day-to-day operations. It hopes to raise its liquidity and return to profitability.
The Avison Young marketing team includes principal and managing director Michael T. Fay, principals John K. Crotty and David Duckworth, senior vice presidents Jay A. Ziv and Ray Hayhurst, and senior associates Joshua Ladle and Brian de la Fé.
Article by: Katya Demina