Westfield Group expands portfolio in Chicago Illinois (AU)

Westfield announced that it has acquired a 100% interest in the Chicago Ridge shopping center in Chicago Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, for US$108 million at a yield of 8.0%.

The mall is a 833,449 square foot regional shopping center anchored by Carson Pirie Scott, Sears and Kohls, with Bed, Bath & Beyond, Steve & Barry’s, Michael’s, a Lowes Theater and approximately 140 specialty shops.

The single-level centre originally opened in 1981, was expanded in 1984 and 1988, and renovated in 1993 and 2004. Total sales for 2003 were approximately US$186 million with specialty store sales productivity at approximately US$379 per square foot.
Chicago Ridge serves a primary trade area of over 339,600 people with average household incomes of more than US$61,000.

“Chicago Ridge provides an excellent geographic fit with our Chicago cluster and offers both short and long-term redevelopment opportunities,” said Managing Director Peter Lowy.

The center will be branded Westfield Shoppingtown Chicago Ridge, and increases Westfield’s market presence to seven regional centers in the greater Chicago cluster and 67 in the U.S. Westfield´s other portfolio holdings in the Chicago market cluster include Westfield North Bridge in Chicago, Fox Valley in Aurora, Hawthorn in Vernon Hills, Louis Joliet in Joliet, Old Orchard in Skokie and Southlake in Hobart, Indiana.

Source: Westfield

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