Wharton Equity’s Peter Lewis to CAPRE Audience: “We’re at Dawn of a New Industry”

JERSEY CITY, NJ – New Jersey may the Garden State, but lately, you could be forgiven for calling it the e-commerce state. No Garden State CRE summit is complete without a conversation about the latest in shipping and receiving goods from orders placed online. That’s why CAPRE’s Northern New Jersey and Gold Coast CRE Summit featured a presentation by Peter Lewis, Chairman and President of Wharton Equity Partners, a firm which sold a wealth of properties in multi-family in favor of redeploying capital into industrial properties. “We’re at the dawn of a new industry,” he asserted, before giving a taste of what his firm has been up to recently. “We’re acquiring a building in Philadelphia, right next to Center City, about 300,000 square foot warehouse. When we went to see the CBRE broker and were just getting an overview of the market, he had a set up for the property crumpled up in the corner. We took a look at it, and he said, you don’t want this. It’s a crappy warehouse. There are pigeons in the rafters, there’s a ramp in the middle of it.” “Industrial Real Estate Capital Raising, Development & Leasing in 2019: Is New Jersey Positioned to Lead the Nation in Industrial Activity in the next Three-to-Five Years?” relied heavily on the 32 years of experience offered by Lewis, whose firm aims to look ahead based on trend lines to figure out the best place to…