News release

$21.5M loan secured for New Jersey grocery-anchored retail center

JLL Capital Markets arranged the loan for Hekemian to refinance Sparta Town Center 

May 03, 2022

Kimberly Steele

Occupier PR
+1 713 852 3420

MORRISTOWN, N.J., May 3, 2022 – JLL Capital Markets announced today that it has arranged a $21.5 million loan for the refinancing of Sparta Town Center, a fully leased, 87,984-square-foot, Stop & Shop-anchored regional shopping center in the Northern New Jersey retail submarket of Sparta Township.

JLL worked on behalf of the borrower, Jersey Investors Growth Company, L.P., an affiliate of Hekemian & Co., Inc., to place the 10-year, fixed-rate loan with Aegon Asset Management. Loan proceeds will be used to refinance the existing mortgage on the property.

The borrower has owned Sparta Town Center for more than 20 years, demonstrating their commitment to the property. Anchored by Stop & Shop, which is the one of only two grocers in the area, the tenancy is complemented by a mix of national and local tenants, including Lakeland Bank, Supercuts, Sports Care Institute, Spavia, Mathnasium, Anthony Franco’s Pizza and a national wireless provider.

Located at 5 and 8 Town Center Dr., Sparta Town Center is exceptionally positioned at the northwest intersection of County Route 517 and Route 15 less than 1-mile from downtown Sparta, an affluent community in Northern New Jersey with proximity to the New York metro area. The center benefits from the strong demographics of Sussex County, which includes 31,413 residents boasting an average annual household income of $163,933 within a five-mile radius of the center.

The JLL Capital Markets team representing the borrower was led by Senior Managing Director Thomas Didio, Senior Director Thomas E. Didio, Jr. and Analyst Salvatore Buzzerio.

“JLL is pleased to assist the borrower in securing proceeds from Aegon Asset Management to replace the existing, maturing permanent loan,” Didio said. “The shopping center is the premier retail asset in Sparta, and Aegon Asset Management did a nice job committing and closing the business.”

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