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GNV Commercial Advisory Team Transacts 15,478± SF Office Building – Markets West

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Gainesville, Fla. – January 12, 2022 – Colliers International’s GNV Commercial Advisory Team has successfully represented Hitchcock & Sons, Inc., the Buyer, in the purchase of a 15,478± SF office building in Markets West at 1449 SW 74th Drive in Gainesville, Florida. The Seller, Tower Road Investment Group, LLLP, was represented by Swift Creek Realty. The transaction closed on December 30, 2021.

This 15,478± SF stand-alone office building was built in 2020 as part of Markets West, a new 16.5-acre commercial development on SW 75th Street (Tower Road). Markets West is home to Sherwin Williams, Dollar General, O2B Kids!, Exxon, Western Union, North Florida Internal Medicine, Novo Markets West, and still more to come. 

Markets West is also located adjacent to Grand Oaks a single-family residential community of approx. 300 homesites and adjacent to a new 300-unit apartment community soon to open for new residents.

“This transaction was made possible due to a great buyer with long time community roots and reputation, a successful developer of the Markets West community, a professional seller representative in Swift Creek Realty, and a tremendous tenant in the Tower Hill Insurance Company building.  This combination makes for a great community asset now and for many years to come.”
 -Rory Causseaux, Associate Director, Colliers
“We are excited about the opportunity to grow our real estate footprint into the Gainesville area. Working with Colliers, Swift Creek Realty, and Concept Companies was a great experience. We are looking forward to working with them in the future.”
– Alan Hitchcock, Hitchcock & Sons, Inc.

Colliers GNV Commercial Advisory Team can be reached at 352-420-9889 and on social medial @ColliersGville.


For further information please contact:
Debbie Wilkinson
Phone: 352-420-9889

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