Winthrop Realty Trust Sets Meeting Date for Shareholder Vote on Plan of Liquidation

Winthrop Realty Trust Sets Meeting Date for Shareholder Vote on Plan of
Liquidation

BOSTON, June 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR)
("Winthrop") announced today that the special meeting of common shareholders
at which it will seek approval of the plan of liquidation previously adopted
by its Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in New York
City. Holders of record of its common shares of beneficial interest at the
close of business on June 19, 2014 will be entitled to vote at the special
meeting.

About Winthrop Realty Trust

Winthrop, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, is a NYSE-listed real estate
investment trust (REIT) focused on acquiring, owning, operating and investing
in real property as well as real estate collateralized debt and REIT preferred
and common stock.For more information, please visit our web-site at
www.winthropreit.com.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the
proposed plan of liquidation of Winthrop.In connection with the plan of
liquidation, Winthrop intends to file a definitive proxy statement and other
relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").The
definitive proxy statement will be sent or given to the holders of Winthrop's
common shares and will contain important information about Winthrop, the plan
of liquidation and related matters.SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY
STATEMENT AND THOSE OTHER MATERIALS CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY
ARE AVAILABLE, AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT SHAREHOLDERS
SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE MAKING A DECISION ABOUT THE PLAN OF LIQUIDATION.The
proxy statement and other relevant materials (when they become available), and
any other documents filed by Winthrop with the SEC, may be obtained, without
charge, from the SEC's website (www.sec.gov) or, without charge, from Winthrop
by mail or online from Winthrop's website at the Investor Relations section of
www.winthropreit.com.

Participants in the Solicitation

Winthrop and its executive officers and trustees may be deemed to be
participants in the solicitation of proxies from Winthrop shareholders with
respect to the proposed plan of liquidation.Information regarding any
interests that the executive officers and trustees of Winthrop may have in the
transaction will be set forth in the definitive proxy statement described
above to be filed with the SEC.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995.With the exception of the historical information contained in this news
release, the matters described herein contain "forward-looking" statements
that involve risk and uncertainties that may individually or collectively
impact the matters herein described.These are detailed from time to time in
the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's SEC reports. Further information
relating to the Company's financial position, results of operations, and
investor information is contained in the Company's annual and quarterly
reports filed with the SEC and available for download at its website
www.winthropreit.com or at the SEC website www.sec.gov.

CONTACT: Winthrop Realty Trust
         Carolyn Tiffany
         Investor or Media Inquiries
         Phone: (617) 570-4614; e-mail: ctiffany@firstwinthrop.com
 
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