HONOLULU, Sep 08, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A&B Properties, Inc., the real estate subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (NYSE:ALEX), announced today that it has acquired the Waipio Shopping Center, a 113,800 square-foot, neighborhood center in Central Oahu, Hawaii.
"The Waipio Shopping Center is the second property A&B has acquired in the past two weeks, in line with our core strategy of redeploying 1031 tax-exchange proceeds from earlier dispositions into quality, commercial properties with favorable growth prospects," said Norbert M. Buelsing, president of A&B Properties. "First developed in the mid-1980s and recently expanded, it is the primary retail and office center of the master-planned community of Waipio."
Buelsing continued, "The Waipio Shopping Center is an excellent addition to A&B's commercial portfolio. Not only is it the sole grocery-anchored center in Waipio, and neighboring Waikele and Crestview communities, but we also have the opportunity to develop additional retail or office space to meet future market demand."
Waipio Shopping Center is anchored by Foodland Supermarket, and includes Outback Steakhouse, Big City Diner, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut as tenants. It is 99% leased. The center is ideally situated across from the 270-acre Central Oahu Regional Park that features a premier tennis facility with 20 tennis courts, in addition to12 baseball fields, an aquatic center and archery range.
With this acquisition, A&B Properties' commercial property/investment portfolio consists of 8.6 million square feet of retail, office and industrial space located in Hawaii and eight U.S. mainland states. Additional information about A&B Properties, Inc. may be found at its web site: www.abprop.com.
About Alexander & Baldwin: A&B is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii and is engaged in ocean transportation and logistics services through its subsidiaries, Matson Navigation Company, Inc., Matson Integrated Logistics, Inc. and Matson Global Distribution Services; in real estate through A&B Properties, Inc.; and in agribusiness through Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company and Kauai Coffee Company, Inc. Additional information about A&B may be found at its web site: www.alexanderbaldwin.com.
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SOURCE: A&B Properties, Inc.