Colonial Properties Trust Signs Books-A-Million

             As Lead Tenant for Colonial Promenade Tutwiler Farm;
            Books-A-Million Joins Target, Home Depot and Michaels

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Colonial Properties Trust
(NYSE: CLP) announces that they have finalized agreements with Birmingham-based Books-A-Million (Nasdaq: BAMM) to anchor a new neighborhood shopping
center, Colonial Promenade Tutwiler Farm.  Currently under construction, the
516,000 square foot center will be completed in the fall of 2000.
Books-A-Million joins a strong lineup of tenants in the center.  In addition
to the 12,500 square foot Books-A-Million, the center will include a
130,100 square foot Home Depot, a 174,000 square foot SuperTarget, a
23,750 square foot Michaels and 38,000 square feet of small shop space.  The
shopping center will also include two additional anchor tenants.  Colonial
Promenade Tutwiler Farm is located on 59 acres at U.S. Highway 11 and
Interstate-459 in Birmingham, Alabama. 
"We are pleased that we can offer yet another outstanding retailer to
Birmingham's eastern submarket of Trussville," said Bryan Ratliff, Colonial
Properties' Vice President of Retail Development.  "We have had a relationship
with Books-A-Million at a number of our malls and centers.  Their decision to
expansion into the Trussville market with us is very exciting." 
With the completion of Colonial Promenade Tutwiler Farm, the Company will
expand its retail portfolio to include 27 neighborhood shopping centers and
16 regional malls, including Brookwood Village Mall in Birmingham.  The
Company views the Birmingham area as its investment strategy in motion.  The
cornerstone of Colonial Properties' success is its live, work and shop
diversified investment strategy and the Birmingham area is an excellent
example of that strategy.  In addition to the Company's strong retail
portfolio, Colonial Properties Trust owns and manages more than
3,700 multifamily units and more than one million square feet of office space
in the area, including the recently completed 1800 International Park. 
Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., Colonial Properties Trust is a
diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that, through its
subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of 111 multifamily, office and retail
properties where you live, work and shop in Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Colonial Properties Trust performs development, acquisition, management,
leasing and brokerage services for its portfolio and properties owned by third
parties.  Colonial Properties Trust is one of the largest diversified REITs in
the United States with a total market capitalization of $2.1 billion.  The
company operates more than 16,415 apartment units, 3.1 million square feet of
office space and 13.9 million square feet of retail shopping space.
Additional information on Colonial Properties Trust is available on the
Internet at

SOURCE  Colonial Properties Trust 
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/CONTACT:  S. Lee Robertson, Vice President - Investor Relations,
205-250-8788, or Linda S. Geiss, Vice President - Media Relations,
205-250-8768, both of Colonial Properties Trust/ 
/Web site: 
CO:  Colonial Properties Trust; Books-A-Million
ST:  Alabama
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