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America’s Realty has purchased seven retail centers with $73 million in financing from Eastern Union.

America’s Realty Targets Blue-Collar Retail with $73M from Eastern Union

Baltimore, MD-based America’s Realty has leaned on Eastern Union to arrange $73 million in financing on its behalf over the past six months. The company has purchased seven grocery-anchored suburban retail centers, including two in VA: Pinehill Plaza/South Crater Square in Petersburg for $10.6 million and Dukes Plaza in Harrisonburg for $5.8 million.

The seven newly purchased retail centers —also in NY, OH and PN — total just over one million square feet.

America’s Realty’s holdings consist of discount retailer-oriented shopping centers in “blue-collar Middle America,” as described by its president and founder, Carl Verstandig.

“Despite stereotypes about banks being standoffish in respect to retail, the America’s Realty experience shows that they’ll still lend when the business case is compelling,” said Marc Tropp, senior managing director at Easter Union. “Proving the power of Carl Verstandig’s business model, one bank came through with an interest rate below four percent for one of his new strip centers just this past April.”


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Eastern Union's Tropp

About Lisa McDuffie

Lisa McDuffie arrives at ConnectCRE via REALTOR® world, where she served for nearly two decades as communications director for one of the nation’s largest REALTOR® organizations. She supported two membership-elected presidents who were commercial real estate practitioners, and managed the communications initiatives of the organization’s commercial special interest group. When not following the latest commercial real estate news, Lisa is zeroed in on her charismatic off-the-track thoroughbred as she makes the transition from an utterly failed racehorse to a lovely show hunter.

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