Crombie REIT sells West End Mall in Nova Scotia

    STELLARTON, NS, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust
("Crombie") (TSX: CRR.UN) announced it has completed the sale of West End Mall
in Halifax, Nova Scotia to OPB Realty Inc for total proceeds of $10.4 million.
    West End Mall is a mixed-use facility located in Halifax with a gross
leaseable area of approximately 204,000 square feet, located on a 4.3 acre
site which is leased from Sears Canada Inc. and Foord Construction Limited
("Foord"), a subsidiary of Empire Company Limited.
    The property is shadow anchored by The Bay, Wal-Mart and Sobeys and is
84.4% leased to 44 tenants, which include a number of retail stores and
professional offices.
    Crombie has used the proceeds from the sale to defease the CMBS mortgage
outstanding on the property at a total cost of approximately $9 million. The
remaining balance of funds, net of expenses, was used to reduce the bridge
loan facility.

    About Crombie

    Crombie is an open-ended real estate investment trust established under,
and governed by, the laws of the Province of Ontario. The trust invests in
income-producing retail, office and mixed-use properties in Canada, with a
future growth strategy focused primarily on the acquisition of retail
properties. Crombie currently owns a portfolio of 113 commercial properties in
seven provinces, comprising approximately 11.1 million square feet of rentable
space. More information about Crombie can be found at

    This news release contains forward looking statements that reflect the
current expectations of management of Crombie about Crombie's future results,
performance, achievements, prospects and opportunities. Wherever possible,
words such as "may", "will", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "expect",
"intention" and similar expressions have been used to identify these forward
looking statements. These statements reflect current beliefs and are based on
information currently available to management of Crombie. Forward looking
statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. A
number of factors could cause actual results, performance, achievements,
prospects or opportunities to differ materially from the results discussed or
implied in the forward looking statements. These factors should be considered
carefully and a prospective purchaser should not place undue reliance on the
forward looking statements. There can be no assurance that the expectations of
management of Crombie will prove to be correct.
    Additional information relating to Crombie can be found on Crombie's web
site at or on the SEDAR web site for Canadian regulatory
filings at

For further information:

For further information: Scott Ball, C.A., Vice President, Chief
Financial Officer and Secretary, Crombie REIT, (902) 755-8100

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