California company takes over The Galleria at White Plains

By Ryan Deffenbaugh

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The Galleria of White Plains has new ownership: a southern California-based company that acquired the downtown mall along with two other regional mall properties.

Pacific Retail Capital Partners announced Sept. 19 that it had acquired the 870,000-square-foot mall at 100 Main St. along with properties in Mississippi and Louisiana. The deal for the three properties, representing 2.8 million square feet total, was valued at more than $200 million, according to a statement from Pacific Retail.

The enclosed mall has 130 retailers including Sears, Macy’s and H&M. The mall opened in 1980 and was previously owned by Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc.

Steve Plenge, managing principal of Pacific Capital, said the company will do a floor by floor evaluation of The Galleria and outline a capital improvement and leasing program.

He said the company will consider “stepping up the food offerings with more casual and fine dining and an enticing food hall to better serve area residents, visitors and office workers.”

From its headquarters south of Los Angeles, Pacific Retail oversees a portfolio of 11 total retail properties. The company owns malls or shopping centers in New York, Illinois, California, Texas, Mississippi, Utah and Hawaii. Its other New York properties are Colonie Center in Albany and Broadway Mall on Long Island.

Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, Miss., and The Esplanade in Kenner, La., were the other malls Pacific Retail acquired in the deal.

For the three malls, Pacific Retail represents the fourth new owner in the past 15 years. The three malls were all originally built in the 1980s by Toronto-based developer Cadillac Fairview. Cadillac Fairview sold the malls, along with two others, to the Virginia-based Mills Corporation in 2002. Simon then acquired the properties when it, along with Farallon Capital Management, purchased the Mills Corporation in 2007.

Among its 230 retail properties worldwide, Simon still owns The Westchester upscale mall at 125 Westchester Ave. in White Plains, The Shops at Nanuet in Rockland County and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Orange County.

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Ryan Deffenbaugh covers energy, education, food and beverage and the Sound Shore for the Westchester County Business Journal. He previously worked for Westchester Magazine and The Citizen daily newspaper (Auburn, N.Y.). He started with the Westchester County Business Journal in March 2016.

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