RioCan REIT reaches 132million deal with Target regarding leases

TORONTO — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust has reached a deal with Target Corp. regarding leases the retailer disclaimed as part of its retreat from the Canadian market.The real estate trust says Target has paid $132 million, including $92 million which belongs to RioCan, under the agreement.In return, RioCan and its partners have released Target from its obligations.RioCan says the settlement cash will be used to mitigate losses caused by Target Canada’s departure.Investors rights at most REITs not up to standards, governance group warnsTarget Corp’s hasty retreat still haunting Canadian REITs nine months laterWhen Target Canada announced it would close all of its Canadian stores, RioCan had 26 locations that were under lease to the retailer.Seven locations were assigned to new tenants, while RioCan has been working to fill the remaining 19 properties representing some two million square feet.The trust has been splitting up many of the former Target stores into smaller units and leasing those locations to new tenants.RioCan said it has signed 14 leases totalling approximately 448,000 square feet and two conditional offers to lease space totalling 50,000 square feet.In addition, the trust said it is advanced talks for another 16 leases.

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