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The former Westfield mall in Carlsbad is changing ownership hands once again. Last November, Westfield Corp. sold the mall to New York-based Rouse Properties, which agreed to sell the mall last month to Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management for approximately $2.8 billion. File photo
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Carlsbad mall changes ownership hands again

CARLSBAD — The Shoppes at Carlsbad is getting a new owner.

New York-based Rouse Properties announced on Feb. 25 it will be bought out by an affiliate of Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management for approximately $2.8 billion.

The Shoppes at Carlsbad was bought by Rouse in November from the Australian-based Westfield Corp. Once in the hands of Rouse, the mall underwent a name change from Westfield Carlsbad to The Shoppes at Carlsbad.

Brookfield, meanwhile, bought Rouse in an all-cash purchase at $18.25 per share, which is $1.25 more than Brookfield initially proposed in January.

“The Rouse team has built a great company with a strong platform and differentiated assets and we are pleased that Brookfield recognizes the value we have created in becoming a leader in our sector,” said David Kruth, chairman of the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Rouse, in a press release. “Since forming the Special Committee … and with the assistance of our financial and legal advisors, we have focused on evaluating options available to maximize value for Rouse and its shareholders. After careful consideration, the Special Committee determined that Brookfield’s increased proposal provides shareholders with compelling value as well as a high degree of execution certainty, further validating the strength of the platform that Rouse has built.”

The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Rouse unanimously approved the merger agreement, according to the release. Completion of the transaction is expected to occur during the third quarter of 2016. It is contingent upon customary closing conditions, including the approval of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Rouse, and a majority of the outstanding shares of Rouse not currently held by BPY and its affiliates.

This is the newest turn for the decades-old mall, which underwent a $100 million overhaul in 2014 when Westfield added a workout facility, movie theater and restaurants.

However, Westfield initially pledged a $300 million renovation of the building, but about one year after adding the aforementioned amenities, sold its stake to Rouse.

Westfield was also vocal and provided financial support to a grassroots effort to defeat the controversial Measure A on Feb. 23. The measure would have allowed Caruso Affiliated, a Los Angeles-based commercial development firm, to construct a luxury retail center on the south shore of Agua Hedionda Lagoon and north of Cannon Road.


M Simons March 12, 2016 at 10:36 am

If Nordstrom is interested in being in Carlsbad, renovate this mall and add it, instead of adding another mall.

Steve March 9, 2016 at 5:51 pm

It seems like all the local media are basically in the tank for Caruso. Check out the San Diego Union-Tribune’s recent kvetching over the loss at the polls.

You would have thought that after the U-T got out from under the thumb of Papa Doug Manchester they’d be less gung-ho pro-development but apparently old habits die hard.

One is more at a loss to understand Coast News’s position. This is a paper that used to run a column by the late eco-activist Bob Nanninga. I’m sure he’s spinning today.

carl March 9, 2016 at 7:41 am

Westfield was vocal? They issued one press release and gave $75k. Steve P. makes it sound like they were a driving force behind the effort to defeat A, which was definitely not the case.

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