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Chapel Hills Mall trades for $33.5 million

The partnership that owns the Citadel Mall recently acquired the Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs.

One of the most active mall buyers across the United States made its second foray into Colorado Springs.

A partnership between Mason Asset Management and Namdar Realty paid $33.5 million, or $59.53 per square foot, for the Chapel Hills Mall at 1710 Briargate Blvd., along Interstate 25 at the intersection of Academy and Briargate boulevards.

The partnership purchased 562,733 sf of Chapel Hills Mall, which totals more than 1.1 million sf. Tenants at the mall include Burlington, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Sears, AMC Chapel Hills 13, Dick’s Sporting Goods and H&M.

“Chapel Hills Mall is a sound, value-add opportunity, offering the new owner steady in-place gross and net operating incomes from a unique mix of stable and predictable cash flow. This income will provide ample free cash flow to fund tenant and capital improvements as new tenants are introduced,” Managing Director Thomas Dobrowski of Newmark Knight Frank Capital Markets said in a release regarding the transaction.

“Further, Chapel Hills Mall offers significant value-add upside via the potential lease up of the former Gordmans anchor box, which was renovated in 2016 and 114,870 square feet of vacant in-line and major tenant space.”

Dobrowski and NKF Capital Markets’ Managing Director Riki Hashimoto, Director Katharine French and Associate Ed Leinss handled the transaction.

“The opportunity for the former Gordmans box is especially compelling, as it creates potential to add to a diverse anchor, major tenant and outparcel line up that is already a substantial traffic draw,” added Hashimoto. “Potential tenants for the former Gordmans box include a regional fitness operator and a national entertainment company, two uses that do very well in a prime location like Chapel Hills Mall. The Briargate Car Wash site also presents the opportunity to redevelop and expand this outparcel to accommodate a larger restaurant or retail use.”

In addition to its location along the Academy Boulevard retail corridor, the mall also benefits from its proximity to additional retailers in the area, including Apple, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Olive Garden, Sonic, Walmart and Whole Foods. Within the immediate trade area of Chapel Hills Mall, there is a median household income of $102,511.

Chapel Hills Mall was built in 1982 and renovated in 1998 and 2013 (the cinema addition).

“With two malls owned in the Colorado Springs market (the first purchase was Citadel Mall), Mason Asset Management and Namdar Realty will be able to further capitalize on the region’s continued growth,” added Dobrowski.

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Jennifer Hayes has been an editor with the CREJ since 2000. Jennifer covers multifamily and industrial news in the Denver metro area plus all property types in Colorado Springs, Southern Colorado, mountain towns and the Western Slope. She also handles High Fives news for the paper and is editor of the Health Care & Senior…