PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: PEI) announced today that it has completed the sale of Uniontown Mall in Uniontown, PA for $23.0 million. The buyer also separately acquired the fee interest in the ground underlying the mall from an unaffiliated party. The completion of the sale represents continued progress on the Company’s commitment to elevating its portfolio by allocating capital toward high-quality enclosed malls.
Uniontown Mall is located in Uniontown, PA and is anchored by JC Penney, Sears, Bon-Ton, Burlington Coat Factory and Teletech Customer Care. Comparable sales per square foot as of June 30, 2015 were $282 compared to PREIT’s portfolio average of $418.
“Finalizing this transaction is another step in PREIT’s transformation,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT. “Our transformed platform, which we anticipate will generate sales exceeding $450 per square foot, is expected to provide earnings stability and meaningful organic growth.”
PREIT is a real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated retail shopping malls designed to fit the dynamic communities they serve. Founded in 1960 as Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, the Company owns and operates over 27 million square feet of space in properties in 12 states in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region and Greater Philadelphia. PREIT is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol PEI. Information about the Company can be found at preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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