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First Industrial Realty Trust Announces 447,000 Square Feet of Development Leasing in Dallas and Minneapolis

CHICAGO, Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR), a leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, today announced that it has signed a long-term full-building lease for 376,601 square feet with a leading company in the food and beverage industry at its First Pinnacle Industrial Center development in Dallas. The lease is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2015.

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First Pinnacle Industrial Center is a two-building complex totaling 598,138 square feet slated for completion in early 2015. To date, First Pinnacle is 87% pre-leased.

David Harker, First Industrial's executive vice president for its Central region, stated, "Our site was well-suited for our customer's requirements for a single-tenant facility with a secure truck court offering efficient highway access. We are pleased to earn their business and help serve their supply chain needs."

Royal Pratt, senior regional director and market leader, Robert Allen, marketing leasing director, and Chad Parrish, director of development, lead First Industrial's efforts on the First Pinnacle development.  Seth Kelly of CBRE Global Corporate Services Group represented the tenant. First Industrial was assisted by Terry Darrow and Nathan Orbin, both of Jones Lang LaSalle.

The Company also announced that it leased 70,771 square feet in Minneapolis at its Interstate North Business Center development to a growing communications technology company. To date, Interstate North is 70% pre-leased.  The lease is expected to start in the first quarter of 2015.

Chris Willson, senior regional director, and Jim Knopka, senior director of construction, lead First Industrial's team for Interstate North. Jason Simek, Peter Mork, and Steve Nilsson of Colliers International assisted First Industrial on this lease.  Tom Hauschild of the Tegra Group represented the tenant. 

About First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.

First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) is a leading owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate with a track record of providing industry-leading customer service to multinational corporations and regional customers. Across major markets in the United States, our local market experts manage, lease, buy, (re)develop, and sell bulk and regional distribution centers, light industrial, and other industrial facility types. In total, we own, manage and have under development approximately 66.2 million square feet of industrial space as of June 30, 2014. For more information, please visit us at

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Art Harmon, Senior Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, 312-344-4320