Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Retail Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that are driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.
TOP RETAIL MARKET TO WATCH : Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix’s jobless rate fell to 6.2 percent at the end of 2013 from 6.8 percent a year earlier, driven by gains in financial services, construction, insurance and healthcare jobs. Already one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, Phoenix will see its population expand by more than 2.4 percent in 2014, with a commensurate rise in retail sales and even greater demand for retail space. Overall vacancy fell to near 10 percent in late 2013 in a year when retailers absorbed approximately 3.5 million square feet of new retail space, far outpacing construction that added roughly 1.5 million square feet to the market in that period. Three years of positive absorption will likely bring rental rates to an inflection point in 2014, ending a protracted decline as landlords gain greater pricing control. Already a strong market for discount and necessity retailers, Phoenix’s growth in high-paying professions will fuel sales for middle- and high-end retailers in the years ahead.
To read more on Phoenix, and other top retail markets, download the full version of the Top Retail Markets to Watch report below.
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