VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., — Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ:WHLR) (“Wheeler” or the “Company”), a fully-integrated, self-managed commercial real estate investment company focused on owning and operating income-producing retail properties with a primary focus on grocery-anchored centers, announced today that effective immediately, John Sweet has decided to resign as Chairman of the Wheeler Board to pursue other endeavors. Mr. Sweet has served on the Wheeler Board of Directors since 2016.
Commenting on his departure, John Sweet stated, “I have an opportunity which will require my full attention going forward. With the current board in place, I am confident that our current and long-term plans for the Company can be realized without any interruptions due to my departure. I extend to management, employees and Board members of Wheeler REIT my very best wishes.”
Dave Kelly, Chief Executive Officer stated, “We want to thank John for his many contributions over the last few years. His real estate expertise and financial acumen have been invaluable as we continue our transformation efforts. We wish him much success in his new endeavor.”
The Board of Directors is currently discussing steps to replace Mr. Sweet. Once a candidate has been named, the Company will make a public announcement.
ABOUT WHEELER REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST, INC.
Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. is a fully integrated, self-managed commercial real estate investment company focused on owning and operating income-producing retail properties with a primary focus on grocery-anchored centers. Wheeler’s portfolio contains well-located, potentially dominant retail properties in secondary and tertiary markets that generate attractive, risk-adjusted returns, with a particular emphasis on grocery-anchored retail centers. For additional information about the Company, please visit: www.whlr.us.
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