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Colliers guides MLILY USA through expansion and lease in Rock Hill


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Columbia, SC/Charlotte, NC – Colliers brokers from three offices collaborated to guide MLILY USA, the retail brand of Healthcare SC, LLC, a subsidiary of China-based Healthcare Co., Ltd., through an expansion and new location at 874 Paragon Way in Rock Hill, SC, a 277,290-square-foot distribution building.

MLILY enlisted Yang Chen of Colliers | San Francisco; Chuck Salley, SIOR, Dave Mathews, SIOR, Thomas Beard and John Peebles of Colliers | South Carolina’s Columbia office; and Lawrence Shaw, SIOR of Colliers | Charlotte for tenant representation services.

Avison Young's Chris Skibinski, Henry Lobb and Tom Tropeano represented Hartz Mountain, the landlord in the transaction.

MLILY USA is a mattress producer dedicated to the mission of changing how people sleep, crafting mattresses and pillows with advanced foams designed to deliver a cooler sleep while wicking away moisture and fighting odors. The company manufactures its products in a 677,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art factory in Winnsboro, SC. 

After the Winnsboro plant opened in 2019, MLILY quickly found the need to expand operations to meet their growing distrubution needs as a result of increased demand. The company recently opened a 600,000-square-foot distribution center in Phoenix, AZ to aid in their West Coast distribution efforts and charged the Colliers team with finding a space to lease for East Coast distribution that was within an hour of the Winnsboroplant. 

“After searching for buildings across South Carolina, the Rock Hill market proved to be a suitable fit due to the proximity to the Winnsboro plant and the quality labor force,” said Beard, Senior Brokerage Associate for Colliers | South Carolina. “The collaboration between the Colliers offices on both coasts of the United States and in China is a true testament to our global reach.”

“This was an urgent request by the client, and through efficient collaboration, we were able to help this international corporation quickly expand to better meet the needs of the American consumer while adding jobs to South Carolina," said Chen, the Managing Director, Asia Pacific Division based in Colliers’ San Francisco Bay Area office. Fluent in Chinese and English, her focus is supporting Chinese developers and investors in establishing and expanding their footprint in the U.S.

Salley, Mathews, Beard and Peebles are the leading industrial brokerage team in central South Carolina, specializing in leasing, user sales and investment sales of industrial properties. Their multifaceted platform gives them a unique insight into market conditions for all types of industrial properties.

Shaw is a Managing Partner for Colliers | Charlotte specializing in industrial real estate, including tenant representation, landlord representation, land sales, land development, investment sales and development consultation. 


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Chuck Salley

Managing Director


I have experience in all aspects of industrial brokerage including: leasing, sales, build-to-suit, site acquisition, investment sales and consulting. I have been with Colliers since 1981 and have completed over 1,500 transactions in my career. I am an expert in the industrial market and am proud to have represented many national and international companies with their real estate needs in the greater Columbia market. I have also provided valuable consulting work, site acquisition and leasing services for many national developers including: Magnus Development Partners, Scannell Properties, Collett Industrial, Panatonni Development, Red Rock Development, Kirco and Miller Valentine Group.

I am inspired by the drive of my clients and customers to grow their businesses, create jobs and invest in our community. I enjoy the thrill of taking on the challenge to find real estate solutions for them to help them progress their business goals.  My experience in Columbia gives me a solid platform to deliver solutions that enable these companies to grow.

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Dave Mathews

Vice President


As part of the Colliers platform of services, I serve both tenants and landlords with their respective industrial  needs. I assist tenants with comprehensive site selection, acquisitions and dispositions and lease negotiations. In addition, I offer similar services to institutional landlords, which include strategic planning, detailed reporting and market analysis, marketing and lease/sale negotiations. I work with an integral team and find that our teamwork is one of our biggest advantages in completing deals for our clients that exceed their expectations.

Working in industrial brokerage, I have the opportunity to see the vast progress of companies and help to play a part in a client’s business development. I find that, for me, success is finding the best possible outcome for a client within their constraints and knowing that I have brought significant value to their growth.

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Thomas Beard

Vice President


I specialize in leasing, user sales and investment sales of industrial properties.

Since a young age, I have had a profound interest in and exposure to commercial real estate. I have long found industrial brokerage to be intriguing because it serves as the foundation of many different types of businesses and processes. It is very rewarding to have the opportunity to play a role in the goals and progress of each of our clients as a trusted industrial services advisor.

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John Peebles

Senior Brokerage Associate


I am a Senior Brokerage Associate in our Columbia office working with the industrial brokerage team of Chuck Salley, SIOR, Dave Mathews, SIOR and Thomas Beard, SIOR. I focus on and specialize in leasing, sales, build-to-suit projects, site acquisition and investment sales for investors, developers and tenants looking in central South Carolina. 

Industrial brokerage offers a runway for creative thinking and problem solving for clients’ and customers’ needs. At the conclusion of a deal, we have not only assisted our clients in achieving their goals, but also assisted companies in maximizing their productivity and profitability in the same breath. In doing so, we get to play a role in growing businesses in our community and stimulating the local and regional economy. This is a reward that few other careers can offer.

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Lawrence Shaw

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Mr. Shaw specializes in industrial real estate.  Such specialties include: tenant representation, landlord representation, land sales, land development, investment sales and development consultation. Mr. Shaw has been awarded the Top Industrial Producer Award in the Charlotte Metropolitan Market and continues to rank as one of the top five industrial producers for the area.

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Yang Chen

Managing Director, Asia Pacific Division

San Francisco

Yang Chen is the Managing Director of Colliers' Asia Pacific Division overseeing North America. Yang’s team provides services in all sectors of commercial real estate, including industrial, office, R&D, retail and residential. Yang possesses language and cultural fluency in both English and Chinese, which she uses to improve communication and foster relationships with a diverse range of clients. 

Yang supports Asian investors, landlords and tenants in establishing or expanding their footprints in the North American market. The language, cultural, regulatory, and logistical barriers to entering North America can sometimes seem insurmountable, but experience combined with a network of experts to call on enables Yang to help her clients smoothly navigate these challenges. She and her team hold a unique position in the commercial real estate industry with broad knowledge of the most updated trends in all sectors of the market, from a variety of sources, both locally and internationally. She prides herself on leveraging this knowledge to develop and execute customized strategies so each client can obtain a fair market transaction and operate in the North American economy from a position of strength.

Yang also supports North American landlords and sellers in enhancing their relationships with Asian business partners. While the rapidly growing Asian market is an exciting source of high quality tenants and buyers, some North American clients may not know where to turn in order to network with these companies from across the globe. Other domestic clients may already have Asian international interest in their project but are experiencing challenging and prolonged negotiations. Yang's background and relationships in various channels in Asia can provide unparalleled international marketing exposure to vastly broaden the pool of quality tenants or buyers. Her experience and communication skill allows her to reduce frustration and wasted time for both parties by proactively educating interested international tenants and buyers in the process, expectations, and requirements of the local domestic market so a mutually beneficial transaction can cross the finishing line.


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