KKR expands industrial real estate footprint in Atlanta with KREST acquisition

KKR Real Estate Select Trust (KREST) has acquired a 1.1 million square-foot, Class A industrial warehouse at Southern Gateway at Lambert Farms in Atlanta (McDonough), Georgia from PNK Group, an international real estate developer implementing full-cycle industrial projects.

Completed in 2020, the warehouse is centrally located in Atlanta’s logistics corridor with convenient access to the airport, the Port of Savannah and downtown and midtown Atlanta. The state-of-the-art structure features 40-foot clear height and two 190-foot truck courts. The property is 100 per cent triple net leased to two high-quality tenants, a leading publicly traded direct-to-consumer mattress company and a logistics and supply chain company, with a weighted average lease term of approximately 10 years.

“Today’s acquisition represents another important milestone for KKR as we continue to develop and diversify our industrial footprint and KREST portfolio,” says Ben Brudney, a Director in the Real Estate group at KKR who oversees the firm’s industrial investments. “We continue to view Atlanta as a long-term winner demographically with highly attractive market fundamentals and believe accelerating e-commerce growth will drive demand for strategically located, high-quality distribution centres.”

The investment is part of KREST’s stabilised real estate investment strategy, one of the fund’s three primary investment strategies, which focuses on thematically-driven, income-generating industrial and multi-family, well-leased opportunities. The property is the fourth industrial asset in KREST’s portfolio which holds over 2.5 million square feet of logistics real estate in attractive, high-growth markets including Portland, Oregon, Memphis, Tennessee, Raleigh, North Carolina and now Atlanta, Georgia.

Since launching a dedicated real estate platform in 2011, KKR has grown real estate assets under management to approximately USD32 billion across the US, Europe and Asia as of 30 June, 2021. KKR’s global real estate team consists of approximately 130 dedicated investment professionals, spanning both the equity and credit business, across twelve offices and nine countries.

JLL brokered the sale on behalf of PNK Group.

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