Success Stories

  1. Recently, Lavelle Law successfully negotiated a complicated shopping center acquisition, which included a large, regional tenant sublease and financing package for large independent grocery store operator. The complexity of the transaction was heightened because the seller was a sophisticated real estate management group, a long-term credit tenant sublessor was included in the transaction, and the deal included a complicated loan assignment.
  2. Lavelle Law has worked with one of the largest regional, privately held distributor and wholesalers of grocery-store-related items to create an alternate class of stock that bifurcates patronage and non-patronage growth of the company. It has been deemed one of the most successful in the country, due in large part to the success of their non-patronage business and profits at both the patronage and non-patronage level.
  3. We have successfully argued and advocated in federal court on grocery store owners’ and distributors’ rights to collect under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA”), which is designed to protect produce distributors due to the highly perishable nature of their product.
  4. Lavelle Law has been an integral part and counsel to over 30 successful independent grocery store acquisitions. By understanding the business, we believe we have provided a competitive advantage in analyzing the valuation of inventory and, salability of close-dated items, and uncovering the fraud involved in pricing of inventory in asset acquisitions.
  5. Lavelle Law successfully negotiated a transformation of a lease into a commercial condominium purchase for the grocery store whereby, at the conclusion of the transaction, the grocery store owner owned a controlling interest of the shopping center, and affectively a veto right over all common area maintenance expenses and management.
  6. As a major part of representing independent grocery store owners, Lavelle Law has represented purchasers of countless shopping centers, both large and small, during the growth cycle of their companies. Further, Lavelle Law has represented the grocer/developer in transforming inner-city infill sites as well farm fields to shopping centers with grocery stores as the anchor tenant. Those developments often require recapture agreements, reciprocal easement agreements, and ultimately, mechanics’ lien analysis.
  7. Lavelle Law has successfully negotiated numerous loan documents for independent grocers and suppliers alike, some of which exceeded $100M in fixed and revolving credit facilities. Such loan documentation often includes the pledging of commercial real estate, grocery-store-related assets and inventory, and often negative pledges.
  8. Lavelle Law has negotiated, on behalf of grocers, sophisticated tax incremental financing agreements and sales tax sharing arrangements to benefit grocers. For the negotiations of such agreements, we have presented in front of village boards to explain the need and necessity of village entitlements to allow the project to move forward.
  9. Lavelle Law has negotiated, on behalf of grocers, many supplier agreements, taking great care to avoid rights of first refusal and any overreaching control by the supplier of the independent grocer.
  10. Lavelle Law has negotiated, on behalf of owners, management incentive agreements which have become standard in the industry.