General Growth Properties


General Growth Properties

General Growth Properties (NYSE|GGP) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust in the United States. It is based in Chicago.

Infobox Company
name = General Growth Properties, Inc.

type = Public (nyse|GGP)
genre = Malls, shopping centers, outlet malls
foundation = 1954
founder = Martin and Matthew Bucksbaum
location = Chicago, Illinois, USA
locations = 45 U.S. states
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industry = real estate investment trusts
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net_income = 287 million
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slogan = "people creating special places & experiences"
homepage = [http://www.ggp.com/ ggp.com]
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History

The company was founded by two brothers, Martin and Matthew Bucksbaum, in 1954. That year they opened their first shopping center, Town & Country Shopping Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1960 General Management opened its second center, Duck Creek Plaza in Bettendorf, Iowa; this was their first mall to have a department store (Younkers) as an anchor.

In 1970 General Management became General Growth Properties; two years later they became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. However, by 1984, management felt that the company's stock price did not fully reflect the value of its business, and so it embarked on selling the company's assets and taking the management company private. That year they sold 19 malls to Equitable Real Estate in an $800 million deal – considered the largest single real estate transaction in the United States at that time – but continued to manage the malls as part of the deal. Ultimately, shareholders realized a 22% internal rate of return on their investment from the original IPO through 1984. Another initial public offering was held in 1993 to raise money for future expansion plans. In 1995 General Growth moved its headquarters from Des Moines, Iowa, to Chicago.

Since 1993, General Growth has expanded its portfolio dramatically by acquiring existing properties and constructing new malls. On November 12, 2004, General Growth acquired The Rouse Company in the largest retail real estate merger in American history.

As of March 2007, General Growth owns, has an interest in, or manages more than 200 regional malls in 45 states, as well as several Master Planned Communities, including Summerlin in Nevada and The Woodlands and Bridgeland in Houston.

General Growth owns the largest open-air shopping mall in the world, Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii [ [http://www.alamoanacenter.com/091907.htm 19 September 2007 press release] ] [ [http://travelvideo.tv/news/more.php?id=A11788_0_1_0_M 27 June 2007 travelvideo.tv article] ] [ [http://www.tripcart.com/usa-regions/Oahu/shopping-malls/Ala-Moana-Center.html tripcart.com article about Ala Moana] ] [ [http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Dec/13/br/br7640358921.html Press release in the 13 December 2006 edition of the "Honolulu Advertiser"] ] .

General Growth Properties has a tourism program called "America's Premier Shopping Places," for 50 malls gathering huge tourism, like Glendale Galleria in Los Angeles, South Street Seaport in New York City, Water Tower Place in Chicago, and more.

About 20 malls are part of "GGPlatium," which are very exclusive malls of General Growth Properties.

ee also

*Shopping property management firms

References


* [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_go1572/is_200312/ai_n6640710 Business Record (Des Moines), December, 2003 - General Growth Properties Inc., by Stephen McIntire] "In 1954, brothers Martin and Matthew Bucksbaum decided to expand their family's grocery operation. They built Town and Country Center in Cedar Rapids, one of the first shopping centers in the Midwest."
* [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0611050368nov05,0,1627990.story?page=2 Chicago Tribune: Eat turkey. Take a nap. At midnight, we shop!] "General Growth Properties, a Chicago-based mall operator, plans to open seven of its malls at 1 a.m. this year, including Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee." (Story on shopping the day after Thanksgiving)

External links

* [http://www.generalgrowth.com General Growth's official website]
* [http://local.live.com/?v=2&cid=6692156791A53453!117 General Growth's Property Locator Map]
* [http://finance.yahoo.com/q/pr?s=ggp Yahoo! Finance - General Growth Properties]


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