Just Sold: Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen in Tampa, FL

Ground + Space today announced the sale of a Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen property in Tampa, Florida. Michael Zimmerman exclusively marketed the property, which received multiple offers and was finally sold to an all-cash 1031 buyer. Founded in 1979, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is now owned by Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI).

This property is a prime example of a stable, income-producing asset that requires no landlord maintenance. The Tire Choice’s Ground lease features a corporate guarantee, multiple five-year renewal options and scheduled rental increases. This asset is prominently positioned along North Dale Mabry Highway and benefits from extraordinary traffic counts in excess of 74,500 vehicles per day.

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen sits near numerous national retailers, including Outback Steakhouse, Barnes & Noble, Dunkin’, Starbucks and Carrabba’s Italian Grill. The property is also near the Publix-anchored Carrollwood Shopping Center. The area immediately surrounding the property is within the Greater Tampa Bay area and has seen population growth over the past decade of nearly 45 percent. The proximity of The Port of Tampa and Tampa International Airport make the area an easily accessible, popular destination in Florida for tourists and business visitors alike.

About Ground + Space

Ground + Space is a net lease brokerage firm that leads with an emphasis on personalized relationships. Michael Zimmerman and team have curated a brokerage firm and investment sales platform focused on boutique amenities and down-to-earth service. During these uncertain times, Ground + Space remains dedicated to providing best-in-class services and results to our clients. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. Contact us today to find out more!


Just Sold: Wawa in Vero Beach, FL

Ground + Space today announced the sale of a new Wawa property in Vero Beach, Florida. Michael Zimmerman exclusively marketed the property, which sold for the full asking price to an all-cash 1031 buyer. This listing garnered multiple offers thanks to the property’s strong corporate tenant and Wawa’s status as an essential retailer.

Wawa convenience stores are one of the most sought-after net lease investments on the market today. Wawa sites offer investors long-term security and no maintenance or management responsibilities thanks to a Ground lease structure. Wawa convenience stores are located on prime real estate, typically at hard corner locations with great visibility and ingress/egress. This particular Wawa location has full access via Old Dixie Highway and additional exposure on three main roadways. Although the area surrounding the property is mostly zoned for industrial use, visitors have easy access to Vero Beach Regional Airport and Disney’s popular Vero Beach Resort.

Situated along Florida’s Treasure Coast, this newly constructed Wawa sits within Indian River County, Florida’s seventh-richest county by per capita income. The average annual household income within just three miles of the site is nearly $85,000. Additionally, the area immediately surrounding this Wawa has seen a population boom, growing an average of around 18 percent within a five-mile radius over the past decade.

About Ground + Space

Ground + Space is a net lease brokerage firm that leads with an emphasis on personalized relationships. Michael Zimmerman and team have curated a brokerage firm and investment sales platform focused on boutique amenities and down-to-earth service. During these uncertain times, Ground + Space remains dedicated to providing best-in-class services and results to our clients. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. Contact us today to find out more!


Just Sold: Sherwin-Williams in Gainesville, FL

Ground + Space today announced the sale of a Sherwin-Williams property in Gainesville, Florida. Michael Zimmerman exclusively marketed the property, which sold within two percent of the asking price in a 1031 transaction to an individual investor. This listing garnered multiple offers thanks to the property’s strong corporate guarantee and new construction within the larger Markets West master-planned development.

This property is a prime example of a stable, COVID-safe asset that requires minimal landlord maintenance. The NNN lease features a corporate guarantee and scheduled rental increases within each of the six extension periods. The Sherwin-Williams site has excellent visibility within one of Gainesville’s most densely populated residential districts. Centrally located between Newberry Road and Archer Road, the site has easy access to many nearby national retailers and restaurants, as well as busy Interstate 75.

Gainesville itself serves as the cultural, educational and commercial center of the North Central Florida region. Midway between Miami, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia, Gainesville has become a global business destination, attracting investment from around the world. As the home base for the University of Florida—one of the top research institutions in the nation—the Gainesville region offers numerous business advantages for companies both large and small.

About Ground + Space

Ground + Space is a net lease brokerage firm that leads with an emphasis on personalized relationships. Michael Zimmerman and team have curated a brokerage firm and investment sales platform focused on boutique amenities and down-to-earth service. During these uncertain times, Ground + Space remains dedicated to providing best-in-class services and results to our clients. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. Contact us today to find out more!


Just Sold: Wendy’s in Winter Park, FL

Ground + Space today announced the sale of a Wendy’s property in Winter Park, Florida. Michael Zimmerman exclusively marketed the property, which sold within four percent of the asking price to an all-cash 1031 buyer. This listing garnered multiple offers thanks to the property’s strong corporate quick-service restaurant (QSR) tenant, the world’s third-largest hamburger fast food chain.

This property is a prime example of a stable, COVID-safe asset that requires no landlord maintenance. The Wendy’s Ground lease features a corporate guarantee, multiple five-year renewal options and scheduled 10 percent rental increases. The new in-line concept features a drive-thru lane and is adjacent to a SimonMed Imaging location. The site is less than one mile from the popular Park Avenue shopping district, the city’s new SunRail station and the Valenica College Winter Park campus.

Wendy’s benefits from its prime location less than five miles from the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida. The city has long been a popular tourist destination, attraction more than 75 million people from around the globe in 2018 alone. Major attractions within easy driving distance from the site include Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

About Ground + Space

Ground + Space is a net lease brokerage firm that leads with an emphasis on personalized relationships. Michael Zimmerman and team have curated a brokerage firm and investment sales platform focused on boutique amenities and down-to-earth service. During these uncertain times, Ground + Space remains dedicated to providing best-in-class services and results to our clients. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. Contact us today to find out more!


Shopping Centers Face an Uncertain Future

Traditional shopping centers are facing uncertain futures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively impact store occupancy and vacancy rates. The first three months of 2020 marked the first time in over a decade that retail property writ large had a negative net absorption. What does that mean? Simply put, negative net absorption results when more tenant space is empty than filling up. The resultant change in the number of occupied square feet in shopping centers has resulted in a negative downturn for the first two quarters of 2020.

What’s causing this change?

The COVID-19 pandemic required all but the most essential retailers—like pharmacies and grocery stores—to close their doors for nearly three months. This dramatic shift has seemingly sped up the process of transformation already underway in the retail and commercial real estate industries. In response to the myriad challenges brought on by the novel coronavirus, retailers have made major changes.

Some retailers have chosen to dramatically reduce the size of their real estate footprints by closing stores, while others have begun bankruptcy filings. All of these changes have left landlords struggling to lease vacant spaces in shopping centers and traditional enclosed malls that would normally be filled with department stores and other well-known retail brands.

What does this change mean for commercial real estate?

The net absorption rate is a good way to judge the strength of supply and demand in the various sectors of the commercial real estate market. When the net absorption rate is positive, demand for space is high, rental rates are competitive and property values tend to increase. However, when the net absorption rate reverses course, vacancy rates increase and rental rates slowly begin to decline.

The effect of vacancies on rental rates and leasing will inevitably vary from market to market as the year comes to a close. Any market that depends on both international and domestic tourists will be slow to return to pre-coronavirus levels of retail activity. Large, urban markets are likely to fare better, as well as smaller emerging markets like Raleigh, North Carolina and Austin, Texas.

Is there any good news?

Single-tenant net lease (STNL) assets are still in demand for investors, especially those in 1031 exchanges hoping to take advantage of the looming IRS deadline on July 15. Investors seeking a sense of safety in a still uncertain economy are pursuing listings that feature a single-tenant property leased to a tenant that offers an essential service. Fast food and quick-service restaurants (QSR) with credit rated tenants are also in demand.

Ground + Space has several assets on the market right now that would be an ideal investment for any investor. Our CVS Pharmacy listing features a NN corporate-guaranteed lease that was recently extended by 20 years. The Tire Choice property that is currently available is situated within a dense retail corridor in The Villages, Florida and boasts a NNN lease.

How can Ground + Space help?

Ground + Space is a leading commercial real estate firm that specializes in single-tenant and retail NNN investments. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. We are committed to providing up-to-date information and best-in-class services to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The IRS 1031 tax deadline is fast approaching, so please contact one of our brokers for specialized guidance during this time.

How can I stay informed?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers daily updates and other information about COVID-19 symptoms and testing in the United States. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has created a resource to help inform the public and advance comprehensive understanding of the novel coronavirus and its effects backed by experts in global public health, infectious disease and emergency preparedness. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to track the number and location of confirmed cases of the virus across the globe.


Retail Closures and Other STNL News

Many retailers that found themselves struggling in a pre-coronavirus world dominated by increased e-commerce adoption rates have begun to restructure their business models or close their doors for good. Current research shows that between 20,000 and 25,000 storefronts are expected to shutter forever by the end of 2020. This is a dramatic increase compared to the 9,300 store closures reported in 2019. At least 15 major retailers have filed for some form of bankruptcy protection.

What retailers are closing their doors and filing for bankruptcy? Are any retailers expanding their footprints amidst the nationwide pandemic? Let’s take a look.

Store Closures and Bankruptcies

As of early June, at least 4,000 storefronts are in the processing of closing. More than half of those can be accounted for by six major retailers, including: Pier 1, Tuesday Morning, GNC and JCPenney. Other retailers that have either filed for bankruptcy or announced store closures include: Papyrus, CMX Cinemas, Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, J.Crew, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Payless, Dress Barn and Gymboree.

Pier 1 filed for bankruptcy in early February. Three months later, the company is ceasing all its retail operations and expects to close all of its remaining stores by October 2020. The company is currently working to liquidate the remainder of its assets. Discount home goods retailer Tuesday Morning joined Pier 1 in filing for bankruptcy in late May. The Dallas-based chain will permanently close at least 230 of its nearly 700 stores in the United States this summer. During the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, the retailer hopes to renegotiate many of its leases so it can focus on improving product offerings in its remaining high-performing stores.

The health and nutrition chain GNC will close at least 900 of its retail locations by the end of 2020. CEO Ken Martindale pointed to decreasing mall traffic as one of the many reasons the company has decided to significantly reduce its footprint. GNC plans to reduce its mall count by nearly half. (Currently, mall locations make up about 23 percent of GNC’s retail footprint.) Another former mall staple—the 118-year-old company JCPenney—filed for bankruptcy in early May. The coronavirus pandemic had a dramatic effect on the department store chain, resulting in major decreases in store sales. The company hopes to continue doing business even while closing a at least 154 of its remaining 846 stores.

Some Good News

Although few retailers are focusing on expansion plans during the midst of this nationwide pandemic, some notable brands—most in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) sector—are hiring more workers. Fast-food chain Dunkin’ announced its plan to hire at least 25,000 new employees nationwide. Taco Bell made a similar announcement in late May as it unveiled its plan to hire 30,000 workers this summer.

Because of the relative strength of QSR assets, they are at the top of investors’ lists as many in 1031 exchanges prepare for the July 15 IRS tax deadline. Single-tenant, net leased assets are still trading even as investments in department stores, strip centers and other non-essential retailers have been put on hold. Retail assets valued between $1 million and $5 million that feature essential tenants like Dollar General, McDonald’s, 7-Eleven and Wawa are doing well, although they are being sold at higher cap rates.

Navigating These Uncertain Times

Ground + Space is a leading commercial real estate firm that specializes in single-tenant and retail NNN investments. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. We are committed to providing up-to-date information and best-in-class services to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The market changes daily, so please contact one of our brokers for specialized guidance during this time.

Stay Healthy and Safe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers daily updates and other information about COVID-19 symptoms and testing in the United States. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has created a resource to help inform the public and advance comprehensive understanding of the novel coronavirus and its effects backed by experts in global public health, infectious disease and emergency preparedness. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to track the number and location of confirmed cases of the virus across the globe.


Pandemic Reshapes Commercial Real Estate Market

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused dramatic changes in the way individuals do business and buy goods. These changes have not only affected the retail sector—every aspect of the United States economy has been impacted in some way. Here we take a look at some of these changes and how they will influence the future of the commercial real estate market.

Physical Versus Economic Vacancies

Retailers deemed nonessential during the COVID-19 pandemic are facing a dramatically different economic outlook than their essential retail counterparts. Experiential businesses, buffet-style restaurants and retailers facing financial hardships before the pandemic began currently face an uncertain future. Although many businesses have begun opening their doors as nationwide restrictions have been partially lifted, some retailers might be forced to close their doors for good.

Higher vacancy rates are expected as a number of retailers reassess their position in the marketplace. Although more and more storefronts have shuttered, a number of leases still remain in effect. This, in turn, has expanded the gap between physical and economic vacancy. According to some reports, the average physical vacancy rate will jump to between 5.6 and 6.8 percent by the final quarter of 2020. The economic vacancy rates are expected to be even higher as retailers grapple with new regulations, depleting cash reserves and lack of financial assistance.

Construction Projects Slow and Rent Prices Fall

As a result of the pandemic, developers and retailers are slowing down the rate of construction and expansion projects. Completed projects during the first three months of 2020 dropped to just 8.3 million square feet. Inventory additions are expected to decrease to levels not seen since 2000 by the end of the year. Although some projects have been cancelled altogether, many others have simply been put on hold and are expected to resume in 2021. There is a silver lining, however: Single-tenant net lease (STNL) properties will account for the largest portion of this year’s construction projects at nearly 17 million square feet.

Less new available space and rising vacancy rates will have a negative effect on asking rent prices for commercial real estate assets. During the first quarter of 2020, asking rent climbed to an average of $20.50 per square foot. Some experts believe asking rent prices will fall as much as 9.4 percent by December 2020.

STNL Assets Are Still Going Strong

Long-term security is just one of the reasons investors are targeting STNL assets now more than ever. Discount retailers like Dollar General and Dollar Tree have attracted a wide range of investment offers, along with other essential retailers like CVS Pharmacy. Quick-service restaurants (QSR) with drive-thru service windows are also being targeted as these retailers have generated near pre-pandemic sales. For now, buyers are less interested in fitness centers, department stores, sit-down restaurants and strip centers with a number of nonessential tenants.

Navigating These Uncertain Times

Ground + Space is a leading commercial real estate firm that specializes in single-tenant and retail NNN investments. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. We are committed to providing up-to-date information and best-in-class services to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The market changes daily, so please contact one of our brokers for specialized guidance during this time.

Stay Healthy and Safe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers daily updates and other information about COVID-19 symptoms and testing in the United States. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has created a resource to help inform the public and advance comprehensive understanding of the novel coronavirus and its effects backed by experts in global public health, infectious disease and emergency preparedness. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to track the number and location of confirmed cases of the virus across the globe.


Commercial Real Estate Sales During COVID-19

Although commercial real estate sales have plummeted during the COVID-19 pandemic, some assets are still proving valuable to investors across the globe. Which retail assets are still selling during lockdown? Essential businesses.

What’s an “essential” business?

The exact definition of “essential” varies by location, but the Department of Homeland Security issued guidance on the subject in mid-March. Generally speaking, essential businesses include the following: supermarkets and grocery stores; big-box stores; pharmacies; convenience and discount stores; hardware stores; banks; gas stations and auto repair shops; and pet stores, among others.

Nonessential businesses, on the other hand, tend to be recreational in nature and do not provide needed services related to food, health or financial support. Restaurants fall into this category, but many state and local governments have allowed restaurants to remain open for curbside pick-up and delivery service.

What retail assets are selling right now?

The commercial real estate assets that have been most pursued by investors during the COVID-19 pandemic are single-tenant net lease (STNL) properties. Investors seeking a sense of safety in an uncertain economy are pursuing deals that feature a single-tenant property with a tenant that offers an essential service. These assets tend to boast net leases in which the tenant pays for most (if not all) of the property’s operating expenses.

According to data compiled by CoStar, investors have closed deals on more than 300 single-tenant properties since mid-March. These properties have been leased to tenants like CVS Pharmacy, McDonald’s, Burger King, Dollar General and Chick-fil-A.

Is there still a demand for STNL properties?

In short, yes. Net lease sales performed well in 2019, increasing by at least 11 percent to approximately $78 billion. The biggest driver in sales have been those investors engaged in a 1031 exchange. This particular type of transaction allows an investor to defer capital gains taxes by rolling profits from the sale of one property into a similar (or “like-kind”) property. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the 1031 exchange deadline to July 15, 2020.

How can Ground + Space help?

Ground + Space is a leading commercial real estate firm that specializes in single-tenant and retail NNN investments. We have two outstanding “essential retail” assets on the market right now. Our CVS Pharmacy listing features a NN corporate-guaranteed lease that was recently extended by 20 years. The Tire Choice property that is currently available is situated within a dense retail corridor in The Villages, Florida and boasts a NNN lease. Our team is committed to providing up-to-date information and best-in-class services to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The market changes daily, so please contact one of our brokers for specialized guidance during this time.

How can I stay informed?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers daily updates and other information about COVID-19 symptoms and testing in the United States. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has created a resource to help inform the public and advance comprehensive understanding of the novel coronavirus and its effects backed by experts in global public health, infectious disease and emergency preparedness. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to track the number and location of confirmed cases of the virus across the globe.


COVID-19 Impact on CRE

As the nation works to combat the effects of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), there does appear to be some relief in sight for those with commercial real estate investments. In early April, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released extended guidance on its earlier decision to extend the country’s tax payment deadline to July 15, 2020. This additional guidance will allow individuals in 1031 exchanges extra time to do identify a replacement property.

What is a 1031 exchange?

Simply put, a 1031 exchange allows investors of commercial property to transfer ownership from one space to another without having to pay taxes. This vehicle for investment allows investors to make real capital gains on their commercial real estate property via exchanging properties that increase in value over time.

How is COVID-19 impacting 1031 exchanges?

Under the new IRS guidance, investors now have more time to both identify and acquire replacement properties within a 1031 exchange. Previously, an investor had 45 days to complete the identification and acquisition processes. The new deadline guidance is as follows:nIf the identification deadline falls between April 1, 2020 and July 15, 2020, the new deadline is July 15, 2020. Likewise, if the 180-day purchase deadline falls between April 1, 2020 and July 15, 2020, the new deadline is July 15, 2020.

The altered guidance will impact both investors and brokers working through the 1031 exchange process. The deadline extensions will help investors avoid some of the immediate impacts of the various shelter-in-place orders. Likewise, there is not as much pressure on investors to identify properties that will close quickly, as opposed to properties that meet specific investment goals.

How can Ground + Space help?

The team at Ground + Space remain committed to providing best-in-class services to our clients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. For more information and customized guidance on how you can leverage your investment for tax incentives, please reach out to Michael Zimmerman and Brett Sheldon.

Are you in a 1031 exchange or interested in maximizing your return on a commercial real estate investment? Ground + Space is a leading commercial real estate firm that specializes in single-tenant and retail NNN investments. Contact one of our team members today to find out more about our current listings. Also, you can sign up for our mailing list to stay updated on all we have to offer.


Just Sold: Shops at Celebration in Kissimmee, FL

Ground + Space announced today the sale of Shops at Celebration, a multi-tenant property in Kissimmee, Florida. Shops at Celebration is a 5,222-square-foot retail site that features three tenants: Tijuana Flats, T-Mobile and Island Fin Poké Company. Ground + Space Principal Michael Zimmerman exclusively marketed the property and represented the seller, a family-run commercial real estate investment and development company based in Maitland, Florida. The property sold for approximately $2.9 million to a private investor in a 1031 exchange.

Built in 1998 and renovated in 2015, this multi-tenant property is anchored by a top-performing Nike Factory Store. Two tenants have leases with corporate guarantees. Each of the leases features scheduled rental increases and multiple options to renew. In addition, the tenants reimburse the landlord for expenses relating to roof and parking lot maintenance. The property benefits from prominent signage placement along U.S. Highway 192/West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway with 56,000 vehicles passing daily.

This multi-tenant property sits at an irreplaceable location across from Florida Hospital Celebration Health and Disney’s Celebration Town Center area. The property also has direct access to the Publix-anchored Water Tower Shoppes. Shops at Celebration is within easy driving distance of the Florida Turnpike and Interstate 4. The many theme parks in the surrounding area bring high pedestrian and vehicle traffic counts to the site.

About Ground + Space

Ground + Space is a net lease brokerage firm that leads with an emphasis on personalized relationships. Michael Zimmerman and team have curated a brokerage firm and investment sales platform focused on boutique amenities and down-to-earth service. Ground + Space is rooted in more than 20 years of experience aimed at providing the best data, relationships and success rates in the business. Interested in commercial real estate investment? Contact us today to find out more about our current listings!