In the worst real estate market in our generation, the Owners of the former Lowe’s Home Improvement Store decided to sell their property. The building is dated (circa 1975) and not ideally configured for a typical industrial user, due to the large showroom and office area. The high visibilty and traffic counts at this location are excellent for retail users, but the site is a difficult sell to industrial users who typically prefer a business park setting or an industrial area. The large site size of 8+ acres eliminated most retail prospects.
We marketed the property locally, regionally and nationally and ultimately found a user that needed an industrial building with on‐site rail access and close proximity to I‐77 for trucking. The company also required a strong retail presence, since they wholesale and retail their product. After providing demographic and market data, traffic counts, zoning information and numerous site visits, we successfully negotiated a contract of sale. Once under contract the work was just beginning, since the County required a special use exception, which we helped obtain. After numerous phone calls, meetings and a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing, the use was finally approved. We then helped obtain a quit claim deed from a prior owner and clear title, due to a decades old deed restriction.
Due to our marketing efforts, knowledge of local government requirements/proceedures and key contacts throughout the community, and after many delays, roadblocks and contract extensions, we were finally able to successfully close the transaction with an all cash buyer.