The Real Deal: Pebb Enterprises rebuilds, shifts focus
Excerpt from The Real Deal: Boca Raton-based real estate investment firm is shifting its focus back to South Florida.
The company has been working quietly to rebuild following the devastating plane crash in November 2015.
A family run business, Pebb is now selling some of its out-of-state retail properties with plans to acquire office and industrial assets in South Florida, President Ian Weiner said. His father and grandfather, Bruce and Paul Weiner, started the company in the early 1970s.
Regarding the company’s strategy going forward, Ian Weiner said, “The question we’ve been asking ourselves and have the answer to is, do we deploy that capital outside of Florida? Everyone wants to be here,” he said. “Even in a market correction, South Florida is going to be pretty resilient.”
Earlier this month, the company sold a Cleveland-area shopping center for $15.8 million. In February, it sold a redeveloped center in Cincinnati for $29.1 million. The real estate firm also just put a property outside of St. Louis, Missouri on the market and expects it to sell for more than $20 million.
“Traditionally, we were more retail-focused but given the retail environment we’re seeing, we’re looking to diversity into office, medical office and industrial,” Weiner said.
Within Florida, Pebb is concentrating on Palm Beach County first, then Broward and Miami-Dade, the Tampa/St. Petersburg market, and Orlando. Pebb is planning on closing about three deals ranging from $20 million to $50 million in South Florida this year, with a focus on suburban office buildings in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.
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