published Thursday, May 17th, 2012

CBL buys 90th site in North Dakota

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    Hamilton Place mall in Chattanooga is owned by CBL.
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CBL & Associates Properties Inc. on Wednesday acquired its 90th regional mall or open-air center with the purchase of Dakota Square Mall in Minot, N.D.

The purchase price was $91.4 million, including assumption of a $59 million loan, the Chattanooga-based shopping center company said in a press release.

CBL Chief Executive Officer Stephen Lebovitz said the 622,000-square-foot mall is a textbook example of its dominant mall strategy.

"The center holds an unrivaled franchise position within a growing and economically diverse regional market," he said in a statement.

Katie Reinsmidt, CBL's vice president corporate communications and investor relations, said the mall had a 94 percent occupancy rate as of March 31.

The deal follows an announcement Tuesday that CBL and Horizon Group Properties will expand its outlet center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The 28,000-square-foot expansion is scheduled to open in November 2012 and will bring Columbia Sports, Ann Taylor LOFT, Waterford, Kenneth Cole, Lucky Brand and more to the center, according to CBL.

"We look forward to welcoming these in-demand new retailers to the center later this year," said Michael Lebovitz, CBL's executive vice president of development and administration.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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