New Lease for 71,000 SF at 5332 Avion
New Lease for 112,000 SF at One Independence
Long-Term Leases with Strong Credit-Profile Customers
RALEIGH, N.C., March 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Highwoods Properties, Inc. (NYSE:HIW) has signed two new leases in Tampa for a total of 183,000 square feet.
First, the Company has signed a 71,000 square foot lease at 5332 Avion, a 176,000 square foot office building in Tampa’s Westshore BBD. With this lease, 5332 Avion is now 95% leased. The 71,000 square foot block of space at 5332 Avion was the largest contiguous block of vacant space throughout the Company’s entire 27.4 million square foot in-service portfolio.
Second, the Company has signed a 112,000 square foot lease at One Independence in Tampa, a 116,000 square foot office building also in Tampa’s Westshore BBD. This lease fully backfills the Company’s two largest remaining lease expirations for 2022 with a new customer to Highwoods and no downtime.
Ted Klinck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Highwoods, said, “I applaud our Tampa team for attracting two strong-credit customers to these properties, securing steady cash flow for the foreseeable future and eliminating our largest 2022 lease rollover risk. These leases are a testament to the quality, resiliency and long-term growth potential of our portfolio.”
Highwoods Properties, Inc., headquartered in Raleigh, is a publicly-traded (NYSE:HIW) real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and a member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index. The Company is a fully-integrated office REIT that owns, develops, acquires, leases and manages properties primarily in the best business districts (BBDs) of Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond and Tampa. For more information about Highwoods, please visit our website at www.highwoods.com.
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This list of risks and uncertainties, however, is not intended to be exhaustive. You should also review the other cautionary statements we make in “Risk Factors” set forth in our 2021 Annual Report on Form 10-K. Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect any future events or circumstances or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer