Baltimore-based Klein Enterprises buys Southern Shores Marketplace

By on September 19, 2023

(Klein Enterprises)

Update: According to Dare County records, the sale price for Southern Shores Marketplace was just over $22 million.


Klein Enterprises, a vertically integrated investor, developer and operator of diversified real estate holdings, announced on Sept. 19 the acquisition of the Southern Shores Marketplace located at 5539 N. Croatan Hwy., Southern Shores, N.C.

The grocery-anchored shopping center spans approximately 140,000 square feet and is strategically located on North Croatan Highway immediately over the Wright Memorial Bridge that serves as the main road into and out of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The Southern Shores Marketplace is anchored by a high-performing Food Lion (Klein’s seventh Food Lion anchored center in its portfolio) and is being delivered with brand new Marshalls, Rack Room Shoes, and Five Below leases that were executed as part of a significant redevelopment undertaken by Aston Enterprises.

Other tenants at the center include Starbucks, Verizon, CVS, Jersey Mikes, and a number of professional and medical-oriented tenants including OBX Optical and Coastal Rehabilitation.

An affiliate of Klein Enterprises purchased the shopping center from Charlotte, N.C.-based Aston Properties. The deal was structured as an off-market transaction and facilitated by Berkeley Capital Advisors, with financing provided by TD Bank.

“The acquisition of Southern Shores Marketplace achieves several important goals, including delivering stable cash flow with long-term leases from a blend of national and local tenants, along with manageable geographic expansion,” said Sean Garland, Klein’s chief investment officer.

Daniel Klein, president of Klein Enterprises commented, “We’re incredibly proud of our team’s efforts to close this transaction, particularly in light of the complexities of today’s financing and transaction environment. We continue to believe in the long-term health and viability of grocery-anchored retail, and we’re excited to establish our footprint in the rapidly growing North Carolina market.”

This is Klein’s 13th retail acquisition in the past two years, adding to an active transaction and development period for the growing real estate investment firm.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

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Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

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Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.



  • Mike Williams

    Why is this a story?

    Tuesday, Sep 19 @ 5:26 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Mike, because when the management of a major shopping center changes, it has potential impacts on everything from rents to parking to the makeup of the commercial tenants.

    Tuesday, Sep 19 @ 9:18 pm
  • Greg

    Hopefully the new owners will be less prone to constantly raise the rent. The reason for the long term vacancies there has been a campaign by the previous owners to raise the rent to levels that were hard on the tenants.

    Tuesday, Sep 19 @ 6:15 pm
  • Big Daddy

    cosmo’s been there a long time….am I missing something?

    Tuesday, Sep 19 @ 6:33 pm
  • Fast Eddie’s

    Bring back Fast Eddie’s! (LOL)

    Tuesday, Sep 19 @ 11:24 pm
  • Notanisland

    You said it Big Daddy. Long Live Cosmos!!!

    Wednesday, Sep 20 @ 10:50 am
  • pj

    let the carpetbagging continue

    Thursday, Sep 21 @ 8:16 am