updated 9/22/2010 6:16:15 AM ET 2010-09-22T10:16:15

BOSTON, Sept. 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR) ("Winthrop") today announced that it has commenced an offering of 3,000,000 common shares of beneficial interest in a registered public offering underwritten by Barclays Capital Inc. Management and its affiliates have agreed to purchase in the offering 200,000 common shares at the same price as will be initially offered by the underwriter to others. Winthrop intends to use the proceeds from the sale for additional investments and general corporate purposes.

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that state.

The offering is being made pursuant to Winthrop's effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Winthrop today is filing a prospectus supplement covering the sale of 3,000,000 shares with a 30-day underwriter's over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 450,000 shares. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from the offices of Barclays Capital Inc. at the following address:

An electronic copy of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus will also be available on the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov

Winthrop Realty Trust is a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Additional information on Winthrop Realty Trust is available on its Web site at www.winthropreit.com .

"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 .

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