Kimco Realty Corp is a Maryland corporation. The Company began operations through its predecessor, The Kimco Corporation, which was organized in 1966 upon the contribution of several shopping center properties owned by its principal stockholders. In 1973, these principals formed the Company as a Delaware corporation, and, in 1985, the operations of the Kimco Corporation were merged into the Company. The Company is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates neighborhood and community shopping centers for more than 50 years. The Company owned interests in 727 shopping centers comprising 107 million square feet of leasable space across 39 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Chile. It has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management.