Demand Exceeds Supply, Drives Development of New Retail Space

2014 Colliers Charleston SC Retail Report

Demand Exceeds Supply, Drives Development of New Retail Space

COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL | SOUTH CAROLINA
Q4-2014 CHARLESTON RETAIL MARKET REPORT

KEY TAKEAWAYS
· Downward trending vacancy rate. Rental rates steadily increasing.
· New construction and redevelopments are strong throughout the market.
· Grocery wars continue.
· Grocery stores and outdoors sporting goods stores anchor new suburban developments.
· Tourism drives downtown growth. Suburban growth is driven by job creation and population growth.
· 2015 likely to bring new retailers and continued success.

CURRENT CONDITIONS
2014 was a significant year for the Charleston, SC retail market, full of new construction, redevelopments and new tenants opening or announcing plans to enter the market. Vacancy rates declined and rental rates climbed, especially along downtown’s King Street, throughout the year. The fourth quarter ended with an overall vacancy rate of 5.02% for the market, down from the third quarter vacancy rate of 5.44% and year-end 2013 vacancy rate of 6.91%.

Shop space asking rental rates averaged $19.51 NNN at year-end 2014, up 3.5% from the third quarter, largely due to spikes in rental rates along King Street. Tenants along King Street are seeing rates vary from $30 to $70 NNN, with the lowest rates along Upper King Street and highest rates along Middle King Street. Asking rental rates for suburban shop space averaged $16.70 NNN, holding steady over the third quarter average, but increasing from $16.34 NNN a year ago.

Top 10 steps to prepare for an ICSC Conference

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Here we are, two weeks out from the ICSC show and it’s time to “prepare”.  The bad news is you’re late already. The good news is you can do better next time if you follow these simple steps.

1.) Prepare your calendar a year in advance. Block the time off now. This is especially important if you attend multiple shows each year. One year I scheduled a spring break trip out of the country and the worst part was I had committed to moderate a panel. Many thanks to @Vinzani, @ElyseChubb, @JAugustan, @BooneCRE, and @ColliersIntlSC for saving me.

2,) Decide why you should go. Should you meet with landlords or should you meet with tenants or a combination of both. If you don’t have a good reason to go such as a project or site, then don’t go because its a waste of everyone’s time.

3.) Create a list of people you want to meet and why. Don’t expect to walk away with an approved deal or a signed lease. Set realistic expectations.

Coastal Tides Retail Newsletter | October 2014

Coastal Tides Retail Newsletter | October 2014

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Charleston City Council approves one-year moratorium on new bars in the peninsula’s entertainment district

A standing-room-only crowd packed City Council Chambers, where the group voted 9-3 to approve the moratorium along King Street, parts of Meeting and East Bay streets, and the Market area.
Charleston City Council has approved a one-year moratorium on the opening of new bars in the city’s entertainment district that can stay open past midnight.

Midnight Closing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Nordstrom Rack to open in old East Cooper Kmart center

Nordstrom Rack, a popular off-price apparel chain owned by Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc., confirmed plans Wednesday to open a store in the former Kmart shopping center in Mount Pleasant.

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Office Depot is downsizing at Westwood Plaza

Westwood Plaza at Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Ashley River Road soon will have two big holes to fill when its anchor tenant Office Depot moves into a smaller space in the retail center next month.

2014 Mid-Year Charleston Retail Market Report

National Tenants Compete for Limited Retail Space!

Q2-2014 CHS RETAIL Report TN

Key Takeaways:

  • Market vacancy rate is down to 6.32%. Downtown vacancy rate is just 3.56%. Rental rates averaged $17.72 per square foot for shop space with some tenants seeing rates as high as $77 per square foot in the Downtown submarket.
  • The retail market is becoming a landlord’s market as available retail space runs scarce.
  • The trend of recycling retail space continues. New development activity is picking up.
  • New restaurants make Charleston debut.
  • Job creation is driving the suburban retail market attracting grocers, restaurants and sporting goods stores.

DOWNLOAD LINK – Q2-2014 CHS Retail Market Report

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Before I get too far along about what you can expect to find here, allow me a moment to introduce myself – I am John Orr CCIM, a lifelong Retail Commercial Real Estate practitioner.  I’ve been active for a long time (at least in relative timelines) in the social media spaces – TwitterLinkedINFacebook, Google+, YouTube.

As we get to know each other over the coming weeks and months I will introduce our Charleston Retail Team here at Colliers International as well as post Market Reports, post for Restaurant Recommendations, and whatever strikes me from time to time.  Now, even with all that great stuff to talk about my main goal is to explore today’s issues facing Landlords, Tenants, Sellers and Buyers – and the occasional Developer’s Corner post and of course our monthly Coastal Tides Newsletter.  These are the things that impact us everyday.  The names may (or may not) be changed to protect the innocent but all the stories here are real because Truth is stranger than Fiction!

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Coastal Tides Newsletter July 2014

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Coastal Tides Retail Newsletter, July 2014

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Tuesday Morning opens new store in Mount Pleasant

The Dallas-based retailer of closeout housewares and decor relocated to 680 Long Point Road, adjacent to PetSmart, after leaving its store on Coleman Boulevard about a year ago to make way for the Southern Seasons outlet.

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Nodstrom Rack, Dick’s Sporting Goods plan to replace former Kmart in Mount Pleasant

Design plans submitted to the town of Mount Pleasant reveal a new facade and a restructuring of the shopping center’s five parcels. The former Kmart superstore, which closed in January, will be split into two storefronts designed for Nordstrom Rack and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House to open in hotel near Charleston City Market

After an exhaustive search, Ruth’s Chris Steak House has selected

Coastal Tides Retail Newsletter – June 2014

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Retail Market is Back in Business as RECon 2014 Wraps Up

By the end of the day Tuesday it was clear that the industry’s expectations for the 2014 RECon show had been fulfilled-the retail real estate market is once again vibrant, with tenants signing new leases, lenders clamoring to offer debt for new acquisitions and multiple investor classes looking to buy retail assets, wherever they may find them.

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 Outdoor retailer Gander Mountain picks

Charleston Retail Occupancy and Rental Rates Near Record High

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KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Retail activity was steady through the early months of 2014 which ended with a high occupancy rate of 92.9%.
  • Focus on Downtown Charleston results in record high occupancy rates.
  • Rental rates soar for King Street shop space.
  • Corner at Wescott Shopping Center in the Summerville submarket delivered.
  • Redevelopments underway on Upper King Street in Downtown Charleston.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

2014 is looking bright for the Charleston, South Carolina retail market despite a slight increase in the market vacancy rate to 7.14% at the end of the first quarter of 2014 from the year-end 2013 rate of 6.98%.  The increase is a result of several big box closings throughout the suburban submarkets.  The largest closure was K-Mart closing its doors at