An Alabama-based investor has purchased the Golden Gate Shopping Center, located at 2208 Golden Gate Drive in Greensboro, and has begun renovations on the property. The center was built in 1960 and purchased from DDR Corp. for a little over $7 million in March of 2014. The new owners expect to spend around $4 million dollars on the redevelopment project, which could be completed by the 3rd quarter of 2014. The center, which is currently around 70% occupied, will also be renamed to The Village at Golden Gate. A 32,565-square-foot Food Lion and a 24,038-square-foot Staples anchor the 151,371-square-foot center, with new leases announced that include an antique shop and The Green Bean. In an effort to reduce competition, Food Lion also leased (but does not occupy) the 30,248-square-foot space vacated by Harris Teeter, but a new tenant is still being sought for the space.
The Village at Golden Gate is located in the Guilford – Northwest submarket, where the KARNES retail vacancy rate totaled 10.3% as of the fourth quarter of 2013. The vacancy rate in the submarket has decreased 2.9% points since the end of 2011 as net demand totaling 187,210 square feet outpaced 16,219 square feet of new supply. Retail rental rates in the submarket averaged $22.12 per square foot at the end of 2013.