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Gears Turning in Tucson Industrial Market

Industrial gears turning

As we entered the second quarter of 2015, key drivers for the Tucson industrial market included logistics and call centers, with the mining industry preparing for the next wave.
Tucson’s unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage point to 5.6% in February, considered close to full employment. That being said, the slow pace of job growth remained of primary concern and impeded stronger market progress.


Positive net absorption of 255,000 square feet (sf) marketwide during the first quarter improved overall vacancy one-half percentage point from 10.7% at year-end to 10.2%.  This represents the third consecutive positive quarter. While up 3.0% year-over-year, the Tucson economy has not regained enough traction to improve effective rates measurably. Activity and lease interest remained fair, with the most activity under 10,000 sf.

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Creative Brokerage Brings HomeGoods Tucson Distribution Center | RE Daily News

Rob Glaser PICORThere has been much written about the new HomeGoods Tucson distribution center lately. What hasn’t been told until now, is the creative brokerage it took by a group of real estate professionals to assemble the land for the HomeGoods Tucson deal to come together.  It really started almost two years earlier, when the Massachusetts-based TJX Companies, HomeGoods’ parent company, broadcasted its requirements for a 100-acre site appropriate for a new western regional distribution center to be built.

Rob Glaser, CCIM, SIOR, Principal at Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR credited as the mastermind behind this real estate assemblage told us when he first heard of the requirement it was just his intuition that told him Tucson would be an ideal place for the company.

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Tucson Dealmakers: CoStar announces 2014 Power Brokers

C&W PICOR 2014 Top Producers

Each year since its 2005 Tucson commercial real estate market entry, Costar, the leading provider of industry market intelligence, has tracked and awarded the highest-producing companies and individuals in the Tucson marketplace.

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Finger on the pulse: Tucson's Industrial Market

Industrial Warehouse

Metro Tucson ended November with a total of 372,000 non-farm jobs, gaining 5,200 jobs year-over-year (YOY), an annualized job growth rate of 1.4%. Personal income rose 2.7% locally over a year earlier. HomeGoods, a division of TJX Companies, announced intent to open its western distribution center in Tucson, a proposed 800,000-square-foot (sf) facility with an estimated economic impact of nearly $900 million. HomeGoods received Pima County approval and awaits a tax incentive decision from the City in February. The real estate is being brokered in part by Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR.

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Tipping our (cowboy) hats: In memory of Peter Douglas, SIOR

Peter Douglas SIOR

On December 25, 2014, Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR lost the most colorful block from our metaphorical quilt. Peter Douglas was a founding Principal whose cowboy nature guided a career of client and community impact. He was a founder of Greater Tucson Leadership and was inducted into the YMCA Hall of Fame in which he served on the Board for several years, and as Chairman. He was a dynamic force and presence in our firm and the loss is great.

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Industrial Update: Tucson 3Q Absorption Moves 2014 in the Black

Tucson industrial market

With an improving national economic and employment picture slowly lifting all boats, the Arizona and Tucson employment rates followed suit; statewide employment was up 2.1% over a year ago. Residential inventory continued to stabilize and median sale prices gained 6.2% over prior year. Shared Services Center’s expansion announcement netting 200 new jobs made a positive statement about Tucson as a location to service western states.

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The Consumer Never Left: CushWake Weekly Economic Update

Retail & Industrial Space

Overall, we remain confident that consumers will continue to increase spending at a healthy clip, which will boost the need for both retail and industrial space int he coming year.

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Commercial Warehouse Demand Ramps Up in Ambos Nogales Trade Corridor

Ambos Nogales warehouses trucks

Nogales, Ariz. is witnessing increased demand for international trade warehouse space and property with the upcoming $244 million expansion of the Mariposa Port of Entry. The Nogales Santa Cruz Port Authority works with key stakeholders in the Nogales community, including commercial land developers and Realtors®, to enhance economic development in the Nogales-Santa Cruz County region.

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Tucson Industrial Market Mid-Year: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Tucson industrial good bad ugly

For the sake of ending on a positive note, let's do the good, the bad, and the ugly in reverse for this mid-year Tucson industrial market overview: 

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Market Minute: Briefs on the Tucson Commercial Real Estate Markets

Tucson commercial real estate

The unemployment rate for the Tucson metro area as of May 31st was 5.8%, 60 basis points (bps) lower than year end and 50 bps below the national rate. Decreased government spending impacted both Tucson’s market momentum and activity. Home prices and inventory flattened in the second quarter, while the inventory of Tucson residential listings increased.

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