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DJM’s Local Shopping Center Spree Nears $200M

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DJM Capital Partners continues to be bullish on local retail properties, and has been involved in nearly $200 million of local acquisitions over the past month or so.

More buys are on tap, company officials say.

An affiliate of the San Jose-based shopping center owner, investor and property manager recently closed on the purchase of Gateway Center, a nine-building retail center along Alicia Parkway in Mission Viejo, the Business Journal has learned.

Property records indicate DJM paid about $39.5 million for the nearly 79,000-square-foot property, or roughly $500 per square foot.

It was sold by an affiliate of San Diego-based Gerrity Group LLC, a privately held retail property investor. Gerrity paid a reported $28.6 million for the center in 2013.

Gateway Center is about a mile from the San Diego (5) Freeway at Alicia Parkway and Jeronimo Road. It was built in 1978 and sits on 8.6 acres. It counts a collection of smaller-sized tenants.

LBX Record-Breaker

The deal follows DJM’s involvement in the purchase of the Long Beach Exchange, the 26-acre shopping center that opened a few years ago next to the Long Beach Airport.

The Business Journal earlier this month was first to report on the sale of the LBX by Newport Beach’s Burnham Ward Properties, in a deal that approached $160 million, according to sources.

By total price, that deal is tops among regional retail center sales reported since the onset of the pandemic.

At nearly $600 per square foot, it’s also a record-setter in terms of price per square foot for large local retail properties in recent years.

DJM took over the Long Beach center in a venture with institutional investor PGIM.

More to Come

Subsequent to the Business Journal’s story on the LBX buy, DJM said in a statement that it “is placing a heavy emphasis on growth and portfolio expansion of open-air retail coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Over the next year, we plan to double the square footage of our assets under management and focus on aggressive growth within our company,” DJM President Lindsay Parton said in a statement. 

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Mark Mueller
Mark Mueller
Mark is the Editor-in-Chief of the Orange County Business Journal, one of the premier regional business newspapers in the country. He’s the fifth person to hold the editor’s position in the paper’s long history. He oversees a staff of about 15 people. The OCBJ is considered a must-read for area business executives. The print edition of the paper is the primary source of local news for most of the Business Journal’s subscribers, which includes most of OC’s major corporate and community players. Mark’s been with the paper since 2005, and long served as the real estate reporter for the paper, breaking hundreds of commercial and residential real estate stories. He took on the editor’s position in 2018.

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