Marshalltown Mall sells for $2.3 million

The Marshalltown Mall was sold on Wednesday for $2.3 million in an online auction which lasted two days on the Ten-X Commercial website.

The final bid met the reserve price of $2.2 million. The identity of the winning bidder will not be revealed until it is publicly released – sometime in the next 30 days, but a Ten-X representative did say a handful of participants placed bids.

The winner of the auction received two hours to sign a purchase agreement which the California-based Ten-X emailed.

Mayor Joel Greer said he was surprised the property sold. He said the city spoke with potential investors from Illinois who felt the suddenness of the auction and the speed of the closing would not give them enough time to talk to architects.

Whether or not Greer is happy about the auction results remains to be seen.

“I won’t know that until I know who bought it and what they plan to do with it,” he said.

The auction began Nov. 19 with a participation deposit of $10,000, a starting bid of $900,000 and bid increments of $250,000.

For the first 24 hours, there was not a lot of activity on the auction page, except one bid which raised the cost to $1.1 million.

The bid increments were lowered to $100,000 during the final hours and more bids came in during the final 18 minutes. A bid was submitted in the final two minutes raising the final price to $2 million.

This caused the auction to go into overtime, more minutes were added and the increments lowered to $50,000 and finally to $25,000.

Ten-X Commercial has a policy in place that prevents snipe bidding, meaning final bids cannot be placed during the last seconds of the auction, which prevents other participants from submitting higher bids. The policy states that any bids entered in the last two minutes of an auction will add another three minutes to the time block.

The previous anonymous owner of the mall – a New York City investment firm – did not announce the intention of placing the facility up for auction. Nor were store owners in the mall notified of the sale.

Some of the mall residents include the Chop Shop, Tom Harris Auctions, Hobby Lobby and JC Penney.

The sales history of the mall is:

• 2012, sold to Marshalltown Center 10 by 2500 South Center Street Holdings for $4.1 million.

• 2012, sold to 2500 South Center Street Holdings by the Marshall County Sheriff for $3.9 million.

• 2004, sold to Marshall Town Center Partners by Marshall Town Center Associates for $13.5 million.

• 1998, sold to Marshall Town Center Associates by Tristate Joint Venture for $8.9 million.


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