GBT to Develop 2 Retail Centers in Southeast

The company has acquired two sites for $1.7 million, on which it plans to develop two unanchored shopping centers.
Craig Cole, managing director of GBT Realty Corp.
Craig Cole, managing director of GBT Realty Corp.

Baton Rouge, La. & Broken Arrow, Okla.—GBT Realty Corp. acquired two undeveloped sites for a collective $1.66 million. The company intends to develop two unanchored shopping centers in Baton Rouge, La. and Broken Arrow, Okla.

GBT purchased a .86-acre site from Target along Millerville Road in Baton Rouge, La. The 6,600-square-foot center shadow-anchored by Target, Best Buy and Office Depot was 100 percent pre-leased at the time of the deal. The site located at the nexus of 2001 Millerville Road and I-12 traded for $810,000.

The second 1.25-acre site purchased is located along a primary corridor in Broken Arrow, Okla. The 10,400-square-foot building adjacent to the upcoming QuikTrip was 70 percent pre-leased at the time of the deal, with the tenant list including Jersey Mike’s Subs, Wing Stop and Tropical Smoothie Café. The property traded for $850,000.

“GBT’s unorthodox approach to site selection allows us to essentially create the unseen site by identifying potential dirt and space previously undefined – and for the most part not on the market – in popular retail corridors,” said Craig Cole, managing director for GBT, in a prepared statement. “Breaking-up a parcel, tagging an outdated building for demolition or carving out space in under-utilized parking lots are just a few ways we create opportunity.  We then leverage our tenant relationships we’ve established as the most active retail developer in the country to create critical mass among multiple smaller tenants.”

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