What we buy

More than 4,000 unanchored neighborhood centers have been built since 2000 in markets where we operate. By this advantage, we are able to continuously analyze a deep pipeline of new investment opportunities. SouthCoast’s acquisitions team employs sophisticated underwriting and a comprehensive due diligence process on properties that typically meet the following criteria:

  • 10,000sf-35,000sf
  • Excellent access / visibility / traffic
  • Located within dense retail corridors or thriving residential neighborhood
  • Post-2005 construction or renovation
  • At or below market rents in place
  • Solid growth markets, prefer large MSA’s
  • 4-14 tenants in place
An exterior photo of a starbucks at an outdoor retail shopping center

Why unanchored retail?

Our team has extensive real estate investment experience. We have applied that experience to develop a systematic approach to the acquisition of neighborhood centers to achieve the return and service goals of SouthCoast’s investors and tenants. The following attributes distinguish this specific subclass of real estate from the rest:

E-commerce protection

The daily goods and services unanchored neighborhood tenants provide are less vulnerable to e-commerce than traditional retail.

Untapped potential

The ownership of this asset class is extremely fragmented and there is little institutional competition in this high yield sector.

Macro disruption of retail

The essential services offered at SouthCoast's centers are not vulnerable to consumer retail popularity cycles.

Large market size

There is a large market size of over $1.5 billion for sale in the Southeast alone.

86% of our centers are within major retail corridors
Thriving tenants require a center that's convenient and accessible to customers and and clients. When we look for new centers to add to our portfolio, we focus on areas that are within a concentrated retail area located close to existing neighborhoods.
This is an exterior photo of an outdoor shopping mall that includes an Italian restaurant, a home interiors store, a tutoring center, and more

Quality management and leasing

Best in class leasing is at the core of the success of our centers. Our diverse tenant mix ranges from local businesses to regional and national, from Starbucks to nail salons. This diversity is enhanced by emphasis on exceptional management support and maintenance of each space. Our property management staff averages over 25 years of experience each, bringing processes and controls to ensure effective management, customer service, and tenant retention.

85%lease renewal rate in 2019, well above industry average
We pride ourselves on renewal rates well above the industry average thanks to our focus on being highly responsive to tenant requests and prompt in addressing any property-related issues.