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Federal Realty Investment Trust Announces Cash Tender Offer for Any and All of Its 8.75% Notes Due 2009

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) today announced that it has commenced a cash tender offer for any and all of its $163,855,000 principal amount of outstanding 8.75% Notes due 2009 (CUSIP No. 313747AG2) (the "Securities"). The Trust intends to pay for all of the Securities purchased pursuant to the tender offer by utilizing cash on hand and its revolving credit facility. The Offer to Purchase, dated today, and the related letter of transmittal, set forth the terms of the tender offer.

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Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the tender offer, the Securities will be purchased at a purchase price of $1,020 per $1,000 in principal amount of such Securities that are validly tendered and accepted for purchase, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the date on which the Securities are purchased. The tender offer will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, unless extended by the Company (the "Expiration Date"). Any such extension will be followed by a public announcement no later than 9:00 a.m., New York City time, on the first business day after the previously scheduled Expiration Date. Tendered Securities may be withdrawn prior to, but not after, the Expiration Date.

The tender offer is conditioned upon the satisfaction of certain customary conditions described in the Offer to Purchase. The tender offer is not conditioned upon the tender of any minimum principal amount of Securities. Subject to applicable law, the Trust may, at its sole discretion, waive any condition applicable to the tender offer and may extend the tender offer. Under certain conditions and as more fully described in the Offer to Purchase, the Trust may terminate the tender offer before the Expiration Date.

The Company has retained Citi and Wachovia Securities to serve as Dealer Managers and has retained Global Bondholder Services Corporation to serve as the information agent for the tender offer. Requests for documents may be directed to Global Bondholder Services Corporation by telephone at (212) 430-3774 or (866) 470-3900, or in writing at 65 Broadway - Suite 723, New York, NY, 10006, Attention: Corporate Actions. Questions regarding the tender offer may be directed to Citi at (800) 558-3745 (toll free) and to Wachovia Securities at (704) 715-8341 (collect) or (866) 309-6316 (toll-free).

Neither the Trust, the board of trustees of the Trust, the information agent nor either of the Dealer Managers makes any recommendation as to whether holders of the Securities should tender or refrain from tendering Securities. This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell the Securities or any other securities. The offer is made only by the Offer to Purchase and the related letter of transmittal.

About Federal Realty

Federal Realty Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership, management and redevelopment of high quality retail assets. Federal Realty's portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) contains approximately 18.1 million square feet located primarily in strategically selected metropolitan markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and California. In addition, the Trust has an ownership interest in approximately 1.0 million square feet of retail space through a joint venture in which the Trust has a 30% interest. Our operating portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) was 94.2% leased to national, regional, and local retailers as of March 31, 2009, with no single tenant accounting for more than approximately 2.6% of annualized base rent. Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 41 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty is an S&P MidCap 400 company and its shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT.

Safe Harbor Language

Certain matters discussed within this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Although Federal Realty believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. These factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 26, 2009 and include the following:

    --  risks that our tenants will not pay rent or that we may be unable to
        renew leases or re-let space at favorable rents as leases expire;
    --  risks that we may not be able to proceed with or obtain necessary
        approvals for any redevelopment or renovation project, and that
        completion of anticipated or ongoing property redevelopments or
        renovations may cost more, take more time to complete, or fail to
        perform as expected;
    --  risks that the number of properties we acquire for our own account,
        and therefore the amount of capital we invest in acquisitions, may be
        impacted by our real estate partnership;
    --  risks normally associated with the real estate industry, including
        risks that occupancy levels at our properties and the amount of rent
        that we receive from our properties may be lower than expected, that
        new acquisitions may fail to perform as expected, that competition for
        acquisitions could result in increased prices for acquisitions, that
        environmental issues may develop at our properties and result in
        unanticipated costs, and, because real estate is illiquid, that we may
        not be able to sell properties when appropriate;
    --  risks that our growth will be limited if we cannot obtain additional
    --  risks of financing, such as our ability to consummate additional
        financings or obtain replacement financing on terms which are
        acceptable to us, our ability to close any pending financing
        activities, our ability to meet existing financial covenants and the
        limitations imposed on our operations by those covenants, and the
        possibility of increases in interest rates that would result in
        increased interest expense; and
    --  risks related to our status as a real estate investment trust,
        commonly referred to as a REIT, for federal income tax purposes, such
        as the existence of complex tax regulations relating to our status as
        a REIT, the effect of future changes in REIT requirements as a result
        of new legislation, and the adverse consequences of the failure to
        qualify as a REIT.

Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements that we make, including those in this press release. Except as may be required by law, we make no promise to update any of the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You should carefully review the risks and risk factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed February 26, 2009.

    Investor and Media Inquiries
    Gina BirdsallJanelle Stevenson
    Investor Relations                      Corporate Communications
    301/998-8265                            301/998-8185
    gbirdsall@federalrealty.com             jmstevenson@federalrealty.com

SOURCE  Federal Realty Investment Trust

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    /CONTACT:  Gina Birdsall, Investor Relations, +1-301-998-8265,
gbirdsall@federalrealty.com, or Janelle Stevenson, Corporate Communications,
+1-301-998-8185, jmstevenson@federalrealty.com, both of Federal Realty
Investment Trust/
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CO:  Federal Realty Investment Trust; Citi; Wachovia Securities; Global
     Bondholder Services Corporation

ST:  Maryland

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