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Crow Holdings paying $140 million to gain sole ownership of Dallas Market Center

Dallas-based Crow Holdings is paying $140 million to buy the Dallas Market Center complex along Stemmons Freeway.

The real estate and investment firm owned by the Crow family is acquiring sole ownership in the 5 million-square-foot wholesale center complex from Florida-based CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc.

In 2005 CNL, in a deal valued at $249 million, bought majority ownership in the Dallas Market Center, including the World Trade Center, Dallas Trade Mart and a leasehold interest in the Market Hall.

Since then, CNL and Crow Holdings have jointly owned the Dallas Market Center. The Crow family’s Market Center Management Co. has operated the property, one of the largest wholesale showroom and sales complexes in the country.

CNL said in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Crow Holdings’ purchase is scheduled to close in the second quarter.

“Our company and its shareholders have been quite fortunate to enjoy a terrific and very constructive relationship with Crow Holdings and Market Center Management Co. through our investment in the Dallas Market Center,” Stephen H. Mauldin, president and CEO of CNL, said in a statement.

 

Ten years ago, CNL paid $71 million in cash and assumed part of a $160 million debt package for its almost 82 percent stake in the Dallas Market Center.

Last October, the real estate investment trust refinanced $131.5 million in loans on the property.

“The sale price represents approximately a 36 percent premium over the company’s investment basis,” CNL said in SEC filings.

CNL notified its shareholders last fall that the REIT planned to sell off its properties. It reached an agreement to sell a portfolio of senior housing assets to Senior Housing Properties Trust for $790 million.

Dallas developer Trammell Crow started the market center in 1957 with one small building near Stemmons and Oak Lawn Avenue.

The complex hosts more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers.

“Our family’s business history begins and remains closely tied to Dallas Market Center,” Crow Holdings’ CEO Harlan Crow said in a statement. “We look forward to new opportunities to advance Dallas Market Center’s position as the premier wholesale marketplace in the country.”

Parts of the Dallas Market Center property have been sold to Children’s Medical Center and for the Dallas Proton Treatment Center medical facility.

“The market center business has shrunk with the Internet,” Crow said. “But Dallas is still very powerful among the centers around the country.”

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