Stan Johnson Company Arranges First U.S. Sale of Lidl Grocery Store

Stan Johnson Company, one of commercial real estate’s leading investment sales brokerage firms, has completed the ground lease sale of a Lidl grocery store located at 670 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta, Georgia, a northwest suburb of Atlanta. This location is the first investment sale transaction for the brand since entering the U.S. market in 2017. Stan Johnson Company’s Mike Sladich, Joey Odom, Maggie Holmes, Mollie Alteri and Michael Watson represented the Atlanta-based seller, Blanchard Real Estate. The asset was purchased by a foreign investment fund for $4.8 million. The cap rate was not disclosed.

“This is the first Lidl net lease transaction in the United States, and we look forward to using our experience to advise additional clients as Lidl continues to expand their operations here,” said Sladich, Senior Director and Partner in Stan Johnson Company’s Atlanta, Georgia office. “Lidl is the third largest retailer in the world, but only just recently passed 100 locations in the U.S. Until now, they’ve owned all their real estate, but we were able to use our extensive experience selling similar, smaller-format grocers like Aldi and Walmart Neighborhood Market to determine where we thought the market pricing would prove out.”

The 29,136-square-foot retail building was constructed in 2020 and sits on 3.05 acres. The 20-year, absolute triple net lease features regular rent increases.

About Blanchard Real Estate:

Blanchard Real Estate (“BRE”) is a privately-owned real estate investment management firm focused specifically on the value enhancement of retail properties, where BRE has the expertise, market knowledge, and relationships required to effectuate successful investments. The principals of BRE possess 35 years of acquiring, managing and selling retail investment properties, as well as long-standing relationships with owners, brokers, tenants and lenders that facilitate access to both on and off-market opportunities. We have directly participated in the acquisition and disposition of more than $1 Billion of retail properties.


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About Stan Johnson Company:

Stan Johnson Company is one of the nation’s leading commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firms that focuses on investment sales transactions involving retail, office, industrial, healthcare, and specialty properties. The firm and its affiliates provide acquisition, disposition, sale leaseback, capital markets, and advisory services for institutions, developers, investment funds, corporate occupiers, and private investors across the United States. With a historic focus in the single-tenant net lease sector, Stan Johnson Company is now in its fourth decade of operation and has expanded its service platform in order to better serve its valued clients. The firm has completed more than $45 billion in transactions nationwide and continues to be regarded as the Net Lease Authority® as it focuses on continued growth and expansion into other industry sectors and services.