Private partnership bags Aurora center for $19.7 million

The 95,669-square-foot center located at 16901 E. Quincy Ave. is fully leased to a diverse tenant mix, including Vasa Fitness and Dollar Tree.

A private partnership executing a 1031 exchange purchased a fully leased neighborhood shopping center in Aurora for $19.7 million.

The 95,669-square-foot center located at 16901 E. Quincy Ave. is fully leased to a diverse tenant mix, including Vasa Fitness and Dollar Tree.

“The current strength of retail was highlighted at Summer Valley Shopping Center,” said Jon D. Hendrickson of Cushman & Wakefield. “The center has a fitness anchor driving significant traffic and is complemented by restaurant and service-based businesses. The fundamentals of access, visibility, daily traffic counts, population density and income demographics were all strengths of the offering.”

Hendrickson, along with Cushman & Wakefield’s Aaron D. Johnson, listed the property for LG Summer Valley Owner LLC.

The seller acquired the property in 2015, the same year that Safeway vacated the center, built in 1980 and 1984, and undertook a value-add strategy at Summer Valley.

“It’s just a phenomenal intersection,” Hendrickson said of the location at Quincy and South Buckley Road, noting that while the shop space was well occupied and performing well, Safeway was not performing as well as the other retailers at Summer Valley or the other anchors at the three other corners of the intersection.

Vasa Fitness backfilled the Safeway space and has since become one of the fitness chain’s topper forming locations among its nearly 30 locations across Utah and Colorado.

There was interest in the asset coast to coast, not only due to the fundamentals of the center’s location but also the stability of the 100 percent-occupied center, which had been renovated by the previous owner, and its standing as a long-term cash-flowing property, he added.

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Jennifer Hayes has been an editor with the CREJ since 2000. Jennifer covers multifamily and retail news in the Denver metro area plus all property types in Colorado Springs and Southern Colorado. She also covers the finance market as well as solicits bylines articles and is editor of the Health Care Properties Quarterly. Before joining the Colorado Real Estate Journal, Jennifer served as the assistant sports information director at Texas A&M-Commerce. She earned her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in education from A&M-Commerce. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and son, learning the ways of being a hockey mom, sports, reading and baking.