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Toronto’s Top 5 Q2 Retail Deals

GTA retail recorded its best investment sales performance in nearly two years last quarter, with $755M in property deals contributing to a $1.1B first-half total, according to Avison Young. Here are Q2’s top transactions by dollar volume.

1. Woodbine Centre 

Woodbine Centre's Fantasy Fair amusement park

Purchase price: $104M 

Buyer: Woodbine Mall Holdings 

Vendor: Fishman Real Estate Group

Worth noting: The sale of the 678k SF Rexdale retail centre—which includes the 58k SF Fantasy Fair indoor amusement park, Ontario’s biggest, boasting a 50-foot Ferris wheel—was the GTA’s largest retail trade in almost a year. The mall, with 160 retailers, is anchored by Hudson’s Bay and Sears.

2. Market Street Portfolio

Market Street in Toronto

Properties: 87 Front St E; 8-26 Market St; 118 The Esplanade 

Purchase price: $50.5M

Buyer: Northam Realty Advisors 

Vendor: Woodcliffe Landmark Properties

Worth noting: This row of restaurants across from St. Lawrence Market—heritage structures painstakingly restored by Woodcliffe—has won oodles of awards. The sale is part of a Woodcliffe portfolio disposition as it takes on new projects, namely the Waterworks Building redevelopment.

3. 680 Longworth St | Bronte Village

680 Longworth St in Bowmanville, ON

Purchase price: 680 Longworth: $14.2M | Bronte Village: $32M  

Buyer: Crombie REIT 

Vendor: Goldmanco Inc

Worth noting: Both Sobeys-anchored sites were part of a 2.5M SF, $508M acquisition spree for Crombie REIT in Q2, which included 35 retail properties. Also last quarter, Crombie invested $59M in the renovation and expansion of 10 existing Sobeys properties.

4. The Shops of Summerhill

The Shops of Summerhill

Purchase price: $42M

Buyers: Tricon Capital Group / RioCan REIT 

Vendor: Woodcliffe Landmark Properties

Worth noting: In addition to buying this 31k SF stretch of revitalized heritage shops at 1095-1103 Yonge St—known as The Five Thieves—Tricon, in a JV with Diamond Corp, paid $43M to acquire the adjacent site, just south of the Summerhill LCBO, where it's planning a mixed-use project.

5. Whitby Mall 

Whitby Mall in Whitby, ON

Purchase price: $35.75M

Buyers: First Capital Realty / Firm Capital Property Trust 

Vendor: Elad Canada

Worth noting: The deal presents “value-enhancing repositioning opportunities” for the 375k SF mixed-use site, according to Primecorp Commercial Realty. The mall is anchored by Sobeys and Bad Boy Furniture, with office space. Elad is moving ahead on its Galleria Mall site development.