General Growth Properties’ Top Tenants in Retail

The malls in GGP’s portfolio receive a smaller percentage of their operating income from anchor tenants than from specialty retailers who lease space.

Peter Barnes - Author

Sep. 24 2015, Updated 10:07 a.m. ET

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Type of tenants

As a strategy, most contemporary malls have two type of tenants: anchor tenants and inline tenants. Anchor tenants are the property owners’ key tenants, with large stores and a big names in the business, and attract other smaller tenants and customers to the mall.

In contrast, inline tenants are small tenants. They benefit from the footfall that anchor tenants draw to the mall. Anchor tenants pay lower rents and enter into long-term leases compared to inline tenants.

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Major anchor tenants

Typical anchor stores sell consumer staples, as in the case of grocery-anchored centers, or else they’re large, easily recognized retail chains, as in the case of centers anchored by Macy’s.

Some of General Growth Properties’ (GGP) major anchor tenants of include:

  • Herberger’s
  • Nordstrom
  • Dillard’s
  • JC Penney
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Sears
  • Kohl’s
  • Bloomingdale’s

Some of these anchor stores also have a presence in malls promoted by other competitors like Simon Property Group (SPG), Macerich Company (MAC), and CBL & Associates Properties (CBL).

The malls in GGP’s portfolio receive a smaller percentage of their operating income from anchors than from mall stores, which are typically specialty retailers who lease space in the mall. In fiscal 2014, GGP’s largest inline tenant was Limited Brands, which accounted for around 3.6% of income from rent. GGP’s three largest inline tenants are:

  • Limited Brands
  • Gap
  • Foot Locker

Together, these companies accounted for around 9.4% of GGP’s income from rent in fiscal 2014.

In 2014, GGP’s portfolio generated total tenant sales (excluding anchors) of $20.5 billion, which breaks down to around $570 per square foot.

GGP makes up 2.90% of the holdings of the SPDR DJ Wilshire REIT ETF (RWR).

In the next part of this series, we’ll discuss GGP’s acquisition strategy.


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