Atlanta — Marietta-based Columbia Properties, Inc has sold The Village Shoppes at Windermere, a 75,000 square foot shopping center in Suwanee, Georgia to USAA Real Estate Co.  The center is anchored by Publix Supermarkets and includes a diverse mix of casual eateries, salons and professional offices.  An upscale design reflects state-of-the-art architecture and construction.  “We broke ground on The Village Shoppes at Windermere in February 2008”, says Dan O’Neill, Managing Partner at Columbia Properties, “We are very proud of the fact that we were able to get it built and leased up to 98% occupancy in under two years during an incredibly turbulent time in our economy”.  Columbia Properties will continue to lease and manage the shopping center in partnership with USAA Real Estate Co.

Columbia Properties Inc. is an Atlanta based fully-integrated owner and operator of retail real estate.  Columbia is focused on neighborhood shopping centers throughout the Southeast and has developed more grocery anchored shopping centers in Metro Atlanta than any other firm.  Its infrastructure and access to capital allow the firm to close transactions of all sizes quickly and with a great level of certainty.  Columbia has acquired or developed more than 75 projects in its 30 year history and currently has more than 1,000,000 square feet of retail under management.