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TTC-Gateway Newsstand Agreement

TTC-Gateway Newsstand Agreement

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The TTC's notes and its agreement with Tobmar Investments International inc.
The TTC's notes and its agreement with Tobmar Investments International inc.

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TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION
 
REPORT NO.
 (Reconsideration - January 21, 2013)
 
MEETING DATE
: October 24, 2012
SUBJECT
: GATEWAY - LEASE
ACTION ITEM
RECOMMENDATION
 It is recommended that the Commission approve the following:1.
 
The execution of a lease agreement with Tobmar Investments International Inc.(Tobmar) for the continued operation and management of the Gateway Newsstandsin the subway system under the terms and conditions outlined in this report andfurther detailed in a letter from Mr. Michael Aychental, CEO – Tobmar InvestmentsInternational Inc., dated October 1, 2012 (Attachment 1);2.
 
Amend the existing lease agreements with Tobmar associated with the bakeries,cafes and lottery locations to consolidate the terms for ten (10) years commencingDecember 1, 2012 to November 31, 2022 with a five (5) year option, adjust therents and further amendments, as set out in this report and Attachment 1;
FUNDING
 The TTC will realize total consolidated base rent of approximately $48 million over fifteen(15) years; an increase in base rent revenue of 67% over the current rents; including asigning bonus of $1.5 million payable in two instalments: $1.0 million in year 1 and$500,000.00 in year 11. Tobmar will continue to pay realty taxes, hydro, HST and commonarea maintenance (CAM) at current rates including annual increases of $0.25 per square footeach and every year during the term and option. The grand total of Tobmar’s proposalincluding base rent and CAM is approximately $50 million. The proposal has been reviewedby an external brokerage organization.Tobmar is committed to a capital expenditure of $1,450,000.00, the Capital Program to bedeveloped between the TTC and Tobmar.
Form Revised: February 2005
 
GATEWAY - LEASE
 
Page 2
 
BACKGROUND
As a good standing tenant with the Commission for the past 18 years, Tobmar currentlyoperates 65 newsstands, 8 dedicated lottery booths, 2 bakeries, and 2 cafes at varioussubway stations.The current agreements expire on different dates anywhere from May 2014 to May 2022,forcing Tobmar and the TTC to be in perpetual state of continual renewals, constructionupdates and refurbishments to the leaseholds. This format is costly and requires significantresources and related expenses to implement the programs. Introducing a consistent leaseexpiry date for all leases would be more cost effective and an efficient use of resources.
DISCUSSION
 Tobmar has made an unsolicited proposal (See Attachment 1), to consolidate all lease termsinto one manageable agreement. Staff feel that while the lease terms can be consolidated, itis more practical to amend the existing bakery, cafes and lottery leases to reflect themodifications and to have a separate lease for the newsstands particularly since severalclauses specific to the newsstands may not apply to the other leases. There has been nowritten interest expressed from other sources to lease the subway newsstands. Thefollowing sets out the general financial and operating terms of Tobmar’s proposal.Newsstand Proposal:
Current AnnualBase RentNew Annual Base Rent(Years 1 to 10)New Annual Base Rent(Option – Years 11 to 15)Total Base RentsNewsstands $1.36M $2.36M $2.72M $37.3MSigning Bonus $1M $500K $1.5MCAM $120K $143.2K $1.9MTotal $40.7M
General Terms and Conditions
 
Tobmar commits to renovate existing newsstands with a budget of $1 million startingin 2012 and completed by the end of term including the option to build new locationsas required by subway expansion, with an average cost of $75,000.00 per unit, whereapplicable.
 
Incorporate rack design as part of the retail capital works, where applicable.
 
No change to the exclusivity clause (newsstands only) as per the Head Lease.
 
Negotiate a new standard TTC lease.
 
Tobmar will have one (1) year from the date of the agreement to commence operatingfrom all the currently vacant spaces (Bessarion, Don Mills second location, Bayview,Leslie, Jane and Chester). Should Tobmar fail to open these locations, the premiseswill revert back to the TTC to lease. The total base rent as per offered by Tobmar willnot be adjusted if the vacant premises are returned to the TTC.
 
Percentage rent remains as per the Head Lease.
 
Standardize the appearance of the newsstands, including signage.
 
 
GATEWAY - LEASE
 
Page 3
 Bakeries– Proposal:
Current AnnualBase RentAnnual Base Rent(Years 1 to 4)New Annual Base Rent(Years 5 to 10)New Annual Base Rent(Years 11 to 15)Total Base RentBakeries $170K $170K $181.9K $209.2K $2.82MC.A.M. $10.5K $8.7K $13.6K $162KTotal $2.98M
Tobmar commits to $150,000.00 in capital improvement during the option period.Cafes – Proposal:
Current Annual Base RentAnnual Base Rent(Years 1 to 10)New Annual Base Rent(Years 11 to 15)Total Base RentCafes $120K $144K $165K $2.265MC.A.M. $13.2K $20.0K $232KTotal $2.5M
Tobmar commits to $200,000.00 to renovate the existing cafes (Islington and Warden) tothe current TTC standards immediately upon execution of the amending agreements.Lottery Booths – Proposal:
Current AnnualBase RentAnnual Base Rent(Years 1 to 2)New Annual Base Rent(Years 3 to 10)New Annual Base Rent(Years 11 to 15)Total Base RentLottery $243.5K $243.5 $254K $292K $3.9MC.A.M. $2.85K $3.2K $6.3K $62.8KTotal $3.96M
Renovate the lottery locations in the option period with a budget of $100,000.00.Tobmar also agrees to institute a “Cleanliness” program in conjunction with the TTC.
JUSTIFICATION
Increase in rent of 67% will provide the TTC with a long term revenue source while atexcellent rates enhancing the overall appearance of the leaseholds, ultimately improvingcustomer satisfaction. A transition period to another tenant involving: design approvals,construction, obtaining permits etc. would likely result in a loss of revenue in the range of$1.5 million to $2 million due to downtime; further justifying the approval to proceed withthis proposal.- - - - - - - - - - - -October 24, 201222-9-5Attachment 1

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