Westfield Sells 7 Malls to Starwood for $1.64 Billion

Australia-based Westfield Group will sell seven U.S. malls totaling 7.9 million square feet to a Starwood Capital Group affiliate for $1.64 billion. Starwood will own and manage the majority interest in the centers with Westfield retaining a 10 percent common equity interest.
“We are focused on redeploying our capital into superior retail destinations in major cities through divesting non-core assets and introducing joint venture partners into our high quality portfolio of assets,” said Westfield Group Co-CEO Peter Lowy, in a  press release.
The assets include the 826,140-square-foot Westfield Belden Village, in Canton, Ohio; the 779,268-square-foot Westfield Capital, in Olympia, Wash.; the 1.2 million-square-foot Westfield Franklin Park, in Toledo, Ohio; the 1.1 million-square-foot Westfield Great Northern, in North Olmsted, Ohio; the 1.3 million-square-foot Westfield Parkway, in El Cajon, Calif.; the 1.3 million-square-foot Westfield Southlake, in Merrillville, Ind.; and the 1.1 million-square-foot Westfield West Covina (Calif.)
After the transactions close in the fourth quarter, Westfield will own and operate 40 centers in the U.S.

on September 26, 2013