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CNBC quotes Bill Read on Bed Bath and Beyond Real Estate

These retailers will take over Bed Bath & Beyond’s ‘top-notch’ store leases

by Gabrielle Fonrouge // PUBLISHED THU, JUN 29 2023


  • Bed Bath & Beyond has selected the successful bidders for 109 of its store leases, and Burlington Stores will win the lion’s share.
  • The off-price giant is slated to take over 50 former Bed Bath & Beyond locations for $13.53 million.
  • Michael’s, Haverty, Macy’s and Barnes & Noble were among the other winners.

Bed Bath & Beyond locations across America will soon be replaced by Burlington Stores outposts and a range of other businesses, after the failed home goods retailer auctioned off its leases as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, court records show. 

The doomed big-box store selected bidders for 109 of its leases after a Monday auction. Off-price giant Burlington agreed to take over 44 of the locations for $12 million, the largest share of the leases, records filed late Tuesday show. 

Burlington secured six more leases for $1.53 million outside the auction process, bringing the total number of locations to 50 for $13.53 million, records show. 

Many of the locations are considered “top notch,” said Bill Read, executive vice president of commercial real estate firm Retail Specialists. The firm provides retailers in growth mode an opportunity to snag leases in prime locations amid a dearth of quality commercial real estate.

“In aggregate, the Bed Bath & Beyond locations were some of the best that I’ve seen become available. They’re usually in large community centers with Target as an anchor and multiple other desirable anchor tenants in the shopping center,” Read told CNBC. 

Bill Read, EVP, Retail Specialists

“These are generally in well-established, mature markets that have a proven track record of generating high sales,” he continued.

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