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Breakers Owners Buy Nearby Bank Building in Palm Beach


The owners of the historic Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Fla., have expanded their real estate portfolio, snapping up a nearby retail building for $9.3 million, property records show.

PNC Bank, which owned the 2,778-square-foot building, closed its branch last year. The single-story building sits on a half-acre at 245 Royal Poinciana Way, just half a mile from The Breakers, on one of the island’s main retail streets.

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Oil magnate Henry Flagler, who’s credited with pioneering modern Florida, completed the oceanfront Breakers in 1896. Today, the 140-acre resort includes 538 rooms, two-18 golf courses, and two apartment buildings that were added in 1987.  

Flagler’s heirs, the Kenan family, own the resort. 

In 2020, the family-owned business completed the mixed-use Via Flagler development at 221 to 231 Royal Poinciana Way, which features retail space on the ground floor and condo units on the top floor. 

“Our acquisition of the [former PNC Bank building] continues to revitalize the island’s historic Main Street and the development of Royal Poinciana Way,” Paul N. Leone, CEO of The Breakers Palm Beach, said in a statement.

“This investment was inspired by our dedicated family ownership; their long-term perspective and desire to enrich the community is fundamental to our organization’s business strategy and success,” the executive added without mentioning plans for the property.

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