REBusinessOnline – Retail Vacancy Holds Steady Through First Quarter Despite More Store Closures

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By Taylor Williams
Source: REBusinessOnline – Retail Vacancy Holds Steady Through First Quarter Despite More Store Closures

The national retail vacancy rate stood at 10.2 percent at the end of the first quarter of 2019, unchanged from the previous period and up 20 basis from the first quarter of 2018, according to New York-based commercial real estate analytics firm Reis. The report was based on analysis of the company’s internal information on retail properties in 77 American metros.

The average asking rent for U.S. retail space closed the quarter at $21.30 per square foot, up 1.6 percent from a year ago, per the report. Net absorption for the opening quarter was 949,000 square feet, which represents a small decline from that period in 2018.

However, the report notes that a slower pace of new construction has helped offset occupancy dips brought on by brick-and-mortar store closures. Less than a million square feet of new product was delivered during the first quarter of 2019. In the first quarter of 2018, the volume of new deliveries was more than double that figure, and in the fourth quarter of 2018, supply additions nearly tripled that number.

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