Group RMC Expands Memphis Office Portfolio
- Jul 23, 2019
Group RMC, a New York-based co-investment company, has acquired four office buildings totaling 391,297 square feet within Lenox Park, a seven-building office campus in Memphis, Tenn. Group RMC purchased Buildings C, at 3150 Lenox Park Blvd., and D, E and F, at 6750, 6775 and 6745 Lenox Center Court, respectively. HighBrook Investors, a New York-based private equity firm, sold the properties for $32.3 million, according to Yardi Matrix.
Raymond Massa, a principal at Group RMC, said this is the fourth Memphis acquisition for the company since 2017, adding that the area’s office market has sound fundamentals. The transaction is in line with the company’s strategy to focus on undervalued office properties in secondary U.S. markets. Group RMC bought another Memphis office park in September 2017 for $34.3 million, and selected CBRE to perform leasing services for the property.
Lenox Park is situated in the metro’s 385 Corridor submarket, 19 miles southeast of downtown Memphis. HighBrook originally purchased the buildings in 2012, before selling the assets to RMC. The offices are currently 87 percent leased to a mix of tenants including sports apparel producer Varsity Brands, health insurance companies Unified Health Services and Benefit Recovery Group, transportation and trucking company IMC Cos. and more.
CBRE’s Johnny Lamberson, Terry Radford, Justin Parsonnet and Will Yowell represented HighBrook in the transaction. CBRE also managed and leased the property while HighBrook owned the buildings, and will continue these operations through the ownership change. CBRE’s Ron Kastner will handle the office leasing, Kevin Clarkson will lead property management services and Lisa Thomas will serve as on-site property manager.
According to Lamberson, Lenox Park attracts tenants due to its high-quality construction and amenities. He added that the purchase was a strong investment, because the 385 Corridor submarket where the buildings are located is expected to see better absorption rates in the future, due to a high demand for Class A office space.
Expanding office market
Memphis’ office market is on a steady path of growth after seeing 12 consecutive positive quarters, according to CBRE’s first quarter report for the area. The first quarter for Memphis’ office market had a vacancy rate of 14 percent, dropping from more than 15 percent during the same period last year. The market also saw more than 140,000 square feet of net absorption during the period. Furthermore, CBRE’s study noted that tenants are seeking out high-quality offices in the East Memphis and 385 Corridor submarkets and that Memphis’ market conditions would likely lead to steady growth for the rest of 2019.