The Top 10 Markets for Investing in Industrial Properties

While many office towers and shopping centers are facing record-high vacancies resulting from the pandemic, a nationwide shortage of industrial space is taking hold across the country, according to data from CoStar, the parent company and publisher of LoopNet.

Industrial properties have emerged as a premier asset class with the surge in online shopping; e-commerce companies like Amazon are opening new distribution centers at an unprecedented pace. Chasing this swell in leasing and construction activity, international investment companies like Blackstone have made headlines by pouring more capital into the industrial space than ever before.

Based on our analysis, LoopNet identified these 10 markets as offering the most promising opportunities for smaller investors seeking industrial properties:

  1. Inland Empire, California
  2. Salt Lake City
  3. Phoenix
  4. Sacramento, California
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Atlanta
  7. Los Angeles
  8. Memphis, Tennessee
  9. Las Vegas
  10. San Antonio

*Article courtesy of Loopnet

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Giant Co. opens automated fulfillment center outfitted with 69 robots in Philadelphia

Giant Co. has opened a 124,000-square-foot automated fulfillment center in the Eastwick section of Philadelphia and will use it as a test pilot for future facilities. 

Giant’s parent company, Ahold Delhaize, is exploring adding similar e-commerce distribution centers across its brands and will monitor the Philadelphia operation for areas that might need adjustment. Regardless of what changes may come to the next fulfillment center, automation and the use of robots will be part of it. 

The building at 3501 Island Ave. nearly fully automates orders for Giant Direct, its online grocery service. There’s a strong push for automation by Ahold and other companies such as Amazon for a range of reasons. However, some cited by Giant included improving the time it takes to fill orders, ensuring quality control and accuracy of an order, and saving money, said Chris Lewis, president of supply chain for Delhaize USA. 

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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Arden Group forms $800M joint venture to focus on infill industrial investments

In 2018, early in its quest to accumulate a sizable amount of industrial real estate, Arden Group paid $45 million for 12 buildings totaling 607,890 square feet in Bucks County.

Since then, Arden has amassed a portfolio of 32 properties totaling 7 million square feet across nine markets and has now parlayed that into an initial $800 million joint venture with Arcapita Group Holdings, an international investment firm. 

“We were lucky to get into this space three years ago and scale up to $800 million,” said Craig Spencer, CEO at Arden Group. “We’re long-term believers in this space and committed to it long-term.”

The goal is to grow the new joint venture’s industrial holdings, targeting infill warehouses, to $2 billion in 25 markets across the United States. It made progress on that front with an initial purchase of 18 industrial parks totaling 5 million square feet of space and valued at $550 million, and the venture is working on another $250 million in acquisitions. 

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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Cap Rates Under 3.5% Emerge in Philadelphia’s Industrial Market for the First Time

Philadelphia’s industrial market continues to break records, with leasing running well ahead of new construction and rent growth of 12% over the past 12 months, ranking it among the fastest of any major market in the United States.

But the industrial market’s most notable milestones of the third quarter centered around sales pricing. With the office sector no longer seen by many as the safe harbor for institutional capital that it was prior to the pandemic, large commercial real estate firms are searching for other types of long-leased, lower-risk properties in which to invest.

The recent wave of industrial development along the Interstate 95 corridor is delivering a new generation of giant logistics facilities capable of absorbing at least some of this investor demand. In the process, capitalization rates under 3.5%, while already common in other U.S. industrial markets such as Los Angeles and Northern New Jersey, are emerging in the Philadelphia area for the first time.

*Article courtesy of Costar

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Northeast Philadelphia industrial building trades for $33.5M

A 454,456-square-foot industrial building in Northeast Philadelphia has sold for $33.54 million after attracting a dozen offers.

A joint venture between two New York firms, Ajax Advisors and Brickman Associates. The building at 11200 Roosevelt Blvd. sits on 25 acres and was fully occupied at the time of the sale to such tenants as Philadelphia Delivery Systems, IK Marketplace, Philadelphia Academy Charter School and Dependable Distribution Services. 

Though some of its characteristics can be unattractive to investors — it was built in 1960, is adjacent to a shopping center, and a charter school is a tenant as is a cocoa bean distributor — it still garnered 12 offers. 

Despite some of its drawbacks, the building had other compelling features that attracted bidders. $3.7 million was invested in various upgrades including a new roof, electric service and fire alarm system. The property is also located in one of the hottest industrial markets in the Philadelphia area, sits along the Interstate 95 Corridor, and is ideal for last-mile distribution.

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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Faropoint drops $75M to add 19 more buildings to growing Philadelphia-area industrial portfolio

Faropoint, an Israeli real estate company that first entered the Philadelphia market a year ago, has dropped another $75 million to add 19 industrial buildings totaling 904,000 square feet to its growing portfolio of last-mile distribution centers throughout the region. 

The company last year spent more than $50 million to buy 11 industrial properties between Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey as part of a strategy to amass these industrial buildings here and in other markets across the country. Since entering the Philadelphia market in September 2020, Faropoint has spent nearly $130 million buying 1.53 million square feet. 

The most recent spending spree started in May and has continued since. 

“The biggest run has been in the last three months and we have five closings in September,” said Ian Murphy, who oversees asset management at Faropoint. “We would like to triple the amount of buildings we have if not have five times the amount, but it’s getting more difficult. Industrial is so hot.”

As with so many other investors these days, Faropoint is chasing buildings close to densely populated areas that can serve as last-mile distribution centers. The company most often buys Class B infill buildings that were built between the early 1970s and the early 2000s and are fully occupied. Deal size ranges from $5 million to $20 million.

The company is able to stay competitive by trying to execute off-market deals and completing transactions in just over a month, Murphy said. It typically takes 30 days to complete due diligence and another 15 days to close. The company also is willing to spend up. 

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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Philabundance leases 130,000-square-foot Roxborough building after Boston brewery backs out

Philabundance, a nonprofit working against food insecurity across the region, has leased a 130,000-square-foot building in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia that will double its food distribution network.

The nonprofit signed a deal at 401-415 Domino Lane, a building that had been used by Penn Beer Distributors and where Night Shift Brewing, a Boston-based craft beer company, had plans to move into Philadelphia before the pandemic derailed its expansion.

In contrast, Covid-19 caused Philabundance’s work providing food to those in need to swell to new heights as food insecurity and hunger grew. In 2020, the nonprofit distributed 55 million pounds of food compared with 26 million pounds in 2019.

“We filled an important need but not the entire gap,” said Loree D. Jones, CEO of Philabundance. “We do anticipate some level of this need to continue. The reality is the amount of folks who are food insecure has grown and you would need to quadruple what we provided last year to fill the entire need. The need is so much greater.”

The organization was introduced to the Domino Lane building when the city was using a portion of it for food bank operations last year. Once the city no longer needed the space, Philabundance decided to lease the entire building. 

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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Target leases 331,428-square-foot Upper Merion warehouse built on spec

Target Corp. has leased a 331,428-square-foot warehouse-distribution center in Upper Merion that was built on speculation, according to township officials. 

Novaya Foxfield Industrial, an affiliate of Boston-based Novaya Real Estate Ventures, is building the structure at 900 River Road. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Target (NYSE: TGT) has bulked up on its distribution presence in the Philadelphia area. It leased a 1.1-million-square-foot building at Logan North Industrial Park, which is just over the Commodore Barry Bridge between Route 130 and I-295 in Logan, New Jersey. The retailer will use that facility for a concept for Target in that it serves traditional distribution in which products are delivered to a store as well as e-commerce distribution shipped directly to customers.

The Upper Merion distribution center is being developed on the former Johnson Matthey Inc. chemical plant property. Novaya Foxfield Industrial paid $8.8 million for the property and razed a series of buildings to make way for what it called the King of Prussia Logistics Hub.

River Road is near major highways including the Blue Route, Schuylkill Expressway, Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Northeast Extension and other regional arteries such as Route 202. It’s also close to many of the region’s population centers. The property sits less than a half-mile away from a 315,897-square-foot FedEx distribution center at 600 River Road.

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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New York firm pays $3.5M for Philadelphia truck terminal as it scours market for more opportunities

A New York real estate firm bought a truck terminal in Philadelphia for $3.5 million, marking the company’s first acquisition in the city as it plans to quickly expand its industrial holdings here.

Imperium Capital’s IG Logistics bought 3200 S. 70th St., a four-acre property that had been owned and used by XTL Inc., a transportation company that continues to lease the site.  

Nearly five years ago, Imperium, which has accumulated a portfolio of retail, office and apartment properties, branched out into buying industrial real estate and established its IG Logistics division to pursue deals. Outdoor storage and transportation-related properties located in urban markets with a high barrier to entry, where e-commerce is driving demand for industrial and last-mile real estate, is of particular focus.

The firm wants to buy more than $250 million of that property type in markets across the country including Philadelphia, Denver, Dallas, Savannah, South Florida, Central Florida, Nashville, Phoenix and the Baltimore-Washington area. 

“Our bet is on e-commerce and infill land that are irreplaceable and crucial to supply chain,” said Sam Schneider, managing partner at Imperium, which he formed a decade ago with Daniel Glaser. 

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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Partnership buys 3 industrial buildings off I-95 in Philadelphia for $9.6M

A partnership involving a New York firm and a local investor has picked up three adjacent industrial properties totaling 218,961 square feet in Philadelphia for $9.6 million.

Bash Capital and West Chester-based investor Joseph A. Cunane bought 20 Jackson St., a 79,431 square-foot building; 38 Jackson St., a 76,620-square-foot building; and 21 Wolf St., a 62,910-square-foot building. The properties, all built around 1900 and located right off I-95, were a combined 44% occupied at the time of sale. The seller was a local partnership going under the name JP Vision LP, according to Philadelphia property records. 

This three-property acquisition is a strategic one for the partnership, which is targeting properties in a part of South Philadelphia that has Amazon and UPS distribution centers as well as big box retailers such as Lowe’s, Ikea and TJ Maxx. In late 2020, an entity affiliated with Bash and Cunane bought 22 Wolf St., a 55,000-square-foot building, for a little more than $4.8 million. 

The partnership also made a run at buying a 120,000-square-foot building on nearly 7 acres that is owned by the chemical company Inolex Group Inc. but didn’t get. It is located across from the partnership’s three recent acquisitions. 

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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