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BLP Acquires Off-Market Industrial Property in Inland Empire

Bridge Logistics Properties (“BLP”), a subsidiary of Bridge Investment Group Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BRDG) (“Bridge”), today announced that it has acquired a unique, off-market 14.3-acre truck terminal in the Inland Empire region of California.  In the seven months that BLP has been investing on behalf of institutional investors, the logistics real estate company has closed 21 deals. Led by a team of industrial real estate veterans with prior tenure at Brookfield, Prologis and Duke – including Jay Cornforth, Brian Gagne, and Paul Jones – BLP has secured $789 million of real estate in difficult to access U.S. global gateway infill markets since its inception.

“Given the supply-demand imbalance for functional truck terminals within densely populated MSAs, this off-market acquisition of 2650 S. Willow Avenue in Rialto, California (“Willow”) is a testament to our team’s experience and deep-rooted relationships,” commented Paul Jones, Managing Director at BLP. “Truck terminal inventory is heavily constrained by entitlement headwinds and therefore inventory is limited. At the same time, the expanding e-commerce economy is deepening demand for these facilities and creating a backdrop for further value appreciation.”

Willow features a 41,110 SF terminal with 76-DH positions, 6.7 acres of excess yard space for trailer parking, and a maintenance facility with truck wash. 

The BLP leadership team has a long history of uncovering and executing “value” transactions in Tier 1 markets across the country – having closed over $20 billion of transaction volume and over $10 billion of corporate, global M&A, and disposition experience in prior roles collectively – and proven experience across acquisition, opportunistic repositioning, and development of global logistics assets. Since joining Bridge in June 2021, the BLP team has grown to 28 dedicated investment and business professionals across several disciplines with a regional geographic footprint in four offices – New York/New Jersey, Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles.  With the support of marquee global institutional investors, they have quickly amassed a sizeable industrial real estate portfolio totaling 3.9 million square feet. BLP has a pipeline of another $1.8 billion of assets under agreement totaling an additional 10.6 million square feet.

“Ninety-one percent of BLP deals have been sourced off-market or in selectively-marketed situations, 76% of which were completely off-market with no other bidders involved, as a result of BLP’s strong relationships with key owners, developers, brokers, and tenants across a global network,” commented Brian Gagne, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Senior Managing Director at BLP.

In addition to the recent off-market Willow deal executed with Chase MacLeod of Macleod & Co., select deals that BLP recently closed include:

  • Gateway Logistics at 429 in Orlando, Florida – a 130-acre development site that will consist of seven class A industrial buildings totaling approximately 1.4 million SF, completed with David Murphy and Monica Perez Wonus of CBRE
  • 10808 6th Street in Rancho Cucamonga, California – a 175,291 SF core plus acquisition completed with Joey Jones of Colliers
  • 12400 Industry Street in Garden Grove, California – a 64,200 SF value-add acquisition completed with Cameron Driscoll and Luke McDaniel of JLL
  • Rialto Distribution Center in Rialto, California – a 24-acre development site that supports a state-of-the-art 400,000 SF building, completed with Cody Wolf of DAUM Commercial
  • 1910 E Dominguez in Carson, California – a 30,000 SF value-add acquisition completed with David Grote of Klabin Companies
  • 250 Circle Drive North in Piscataway, New Jersey – a 59,572 SF core plus acquisition with an 0.8-acre yard, completed with Christopher Griffith of Cushman & Wakefield

“We are a cycle-tested, value-focused investment manager led by regional partners with over 100 years of combined experience in the logistics sector,” commented Jay Cornforth, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chief Investment Officer at BLP. “Our targeted investments in the U.S. coastal and gateway markets reflect our disciplined investment strategy.

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