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Owner of Loblaw and Canadian Superstores selling 30 properties

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust has signed a deal to sell 30 properties in mostly smaller communities across Canada for $426 million.

Sauble Beach property one of nine Ontario locations involved in sale

Sauble Beach grocery story one of 30 locations to be sold by Choice Properties REIT in $426M deal. (google streetview)

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust has signed a deal to sell 30 properties in mostly smaller communities across Canada for $426 million.

The buyer was not immediately identified.

A total of nine properties in Ontario are affected by the sale including locations in Sauble Beach, Sudbury and Kingsville.

The portfolio includes 27 stand-alone retail properties and three distribution centres.

They have an average lease term of approximately 12 years with Loblaw Companies Ltd., an affiliated company.

The buyer also has an option to acquire two additional stand-alone retail properties for $29 million.

Choice Properties says the portfolio is being sold for "slightly above" its carrying value and proceeds from the sale will be used to repay debt.

"Along with the recent issuance of equity, this transaction further strengthens our balance sheet by reducing leverage and providing additional capacity to fund our significant development program," chief executive Rael Diamond said in a statement.

A company news release says the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is scheduled to close on September 30.

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