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HFF Sells 27-Property Self Storage Portfolio

Posted: 10/25/2017 Link: SpareFoot.com
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On the heels of selling 27 self storage facilities to Greenwood Village, CO-based REIT National Storage Affiliates Trust, a joint venture tied to Store Here is already hunting for more facilities to buy.

Store Here LLC — a joint venture between affiliates of self storage operator Store Here Management LLC and real estate investment firm Westport Capital Partners LLC — amassed the 27-facility portfolio from 2014 to 2017. The six-state portfolio encompasses nearly 1.67 million rentable square feet and more than 12,300 units, with nearly half of the properties located in Georgia.

“Because of the nature of the fragmented market, we felt taking the programmatic approach to acquiring a portfolio was the best route for our platform. Partnering with Store Here Management for our entry into the self storage industry proved to be a great partnership and one we look forward to continuing,” Sean Armstrong, principal at Wilton, CT-based Westport, said in a news release.

Back to acquisition mode

With this deal behind it, the joint venture is now setting its sights on assembling another portfolio by scooping up two to five facilities annually over the next five years, James Hanrahan, acquisitions director at Orange, CA-based RHW Capital Management Group LLC, told The SpareFoot Storage Beat.

Store Here Management, a division of RHW, owns and manages 19 properties in seven states.

As it fully re-enters acquisition mode, the joint venture is finding it “a lot harder” to purchase facilities, given that many investors seeking to deploy capital are pursuing self storage deals and that some sellers are overvaluing their properties, Hanrahan said. About 10 bidders pursued the 27-facility Store Here portfolio, including REITs, large national players and independent regional players in self storage, Hanrahan said.

Financial details of the all-cash deal weren’t disclosed.

Hanrahan said the joint venture decided to sell its entire portfolio largely because “we thought there wasn’t any product like ours on the market.” The portfolio still offers plenty of upside, he said.

Barbara Guffey, a self storage director in the Houston office of HFF, marketed the deal on behalf of the joint venture. National Storage Affiliates represented itself.

The facilities that National Storage Affiliates bought from the joint venture are in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana and Texas. What follows is a list of the 27 Store Here locations, which are being rebranded by National Storage Affiliates.

Colorado

2345 Academy Place, Colorado Springs

Georgia

1520 Austin Drive, Decatur

923 Highway 85 South, Fayetteville

125 Robinson Court, Fayetteville

1100 Highway 54 East, Fayetteville

749 Carver Road, Griffin

2976 N. Expressway, Griffin

1948 Zebulon Road, Griffin

1288 Brookwood Ave., Jackson

8898 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro

1000 Premiere Way, McDonough

910 Hampton Road, McDonough

53 Highway 138 SW, Riverdale

7330 Hannover Parkway North, Stockbridge

Indiana

613 W. State Road 32, Westfield

6978 Central Blvd., Zionsville

Kansas

235 N. 78th St., Kansas City

6410 Vista Drive, Shawnee

7804 Meadow View Drive, Shawnee

Louisiana

1051 and 1309 Northgate Road, Bossier City

1326 and 1330 U.S. Highway 80 East, Haughton

720 W. Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport

2727 Alkay Drive, Shreveport

Texas

8956 Research Blvd., Austin

319 E. McKinney St., Denton

1002 Dallas Drive, Denton

14611 O’Connor Road, San Antonio

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