The Real Deal Miami

General Growth Properties expected to exit bankruptcy by 2010

November 19, 2009 01:37PM

General Growth Properties, the second-largest mall owner in the U.S., which operates Boca Raton’s Mizner Park mall, has reached a deal with its lenders to extend loans, a move that will allow it to exit bankruptcy by 2010. Representatives from 70 of General Growth’s loans, some of which exceeded $1 billion in value, agreed to extensions averaging six years. The Chicago-based company’s financial woes, marking the biggest real estate failure in U.S. history, according to a report from Reuters, have underscored the nationwide retail crisis, as vacancies in the retail real estate sector have continued to mount as the holiday season approaches.