Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mall Space Glut

WSJ reports:

Developers have built one billion square feet of retail space in the 54 largest U.S. markets since the start of 2000, 25% more than what they built during the same period of the 1990s, according to Property & Portfolio Research Inc. of Boston. U.S. retail space now amounts to 38 square feet for every person in those 54 markets, up from 29 square feet in 1983, the firm says...

For retailers, the glut can have an upside: cheaper rents, shorter lease terms and fatter allowances from landlords for outfitting stores. This year, the rents in new lease signings are 10.4% lower on average than the asking price, down from the 9.3% discount of two years ago, says market researcher Reis Inc. of New York.
-EPJ Newsdesk

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