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What’s behind an eye-popping price for a Walgreens

The Walgreens has a prime location at Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue
The Walgreens has a prime location at Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue

A $78.89 million listing for the 19,000-square-foot Walgreens store on the ground floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel indicates eye popping prices aren’t over for Lincoln Road.

This listing is especially interesting because it’s a long-term leasehold interest with over 100 years remaining on the ground lease. The buyer shouldn’t expect Walgreens to depart so it can be replaced by a trendy luxury retailer who will pay more in rent.

“This flagship Walgreens is one of the retailer’s top-performing Southeast locations,” said Simon Jonna, senior managing director investments in Marcus & Millichap’s Detroit office. Simon and Raymond Jonna are representing the seller, a private Miami-based developer. Ryan Nee, first vice president and regional manager of Marcus & Millichap’s Fort Lauderdale office, is the firm’s broker of record in Florida.

“Walgreens is committed to an absolute net lease that has over 21 years remaining on the base term and includes 10 five-year options with rare 10 percent rent increases every 10 years, including option periods,” Simon Jonna said. “The current rent is well below market-rate. The property’s irreplaceable urban-core location puts it in an excellent position to grow with rents and inflation for generations to come.”

The location is about as prime as it gets in South Florida. In addition to being underneath the Ritz, it’s on the corner of Collins Avenue and adjacent to the Lincoln Road Mall. Luxury hotels nearby include Lowes Miami Beach, Delano South Beach, SLS South Beach, and Hyatt Centric.

Jeremy Larkin, co-chairman of NAI Miami Commercial Real Estate Services Worldwide, likes the location in the heart of tourist land and says it’s a solid long-term investment unless rising sea levels create an issue.

So, who might be willing to pay somewhere near $78.89 million? A buyer with a long-term horizon, Larkin says. “If you are an opportunistic buyer, a flipper in three of five years, it’s a horrible deal.

The property could be attractive to a high net worth investor looking for preservation of capital, Larkin says. One challenge for that class of investor is finding something that can safely generate 5 or 6 percent returns. Although the base terms of the lease are for 21 years, those 10 percent increases would kick in over the 10-year periods to generate a long-term return.

That’s why the right buyer might be willing to pay more than what a typical market price would be.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

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