PICOR Connect | Trends in Commercial Real Estate

The Importance of Bricks’n Mortar in the Digital Age: TREND Report

Posted on Fri, Mar 09, 2018

As each day goes by, it seems we are increasingly leaning on technology and digital media to connect, to communicate, and to learn about the world around us. On a daily basis, we are learning new ways to employ this exciting new technology to fulfill our needs and save time and money. One of our most fundamental needs, consumerism, is a large part of this digital revolution.

There are few things that we cannot procure digitally. We book hotel rooms and flights, pet sitting services, rental cars and equipment, and, to an ever-increasing degree, consumer goods. According to the US Census Bureau, total e-commerce sales for 2017 were estimated at $453.5 billion which is an increase of 16% from 2016 and e-commerce now accounts for 8.9% of total sales of retail goods in the United States.

This increase in digital consumerism has fueled debate as to what the future of physical “bricks ’n mortar” stores looks like. Many believe this move to digital procurement will continue unchecked and that our current retail building model will become irrelevant. Increasingly, however, retailers are beginning to understand the absolutely critical interplay between digital and physical presence. Omni-channel marketing and delivery are actually inextricably connected, and both the digital and physical retail markets are reliant upon one another.

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Topics: Economy, Technology, E-Commerce, Market trends, Retail

Tucson Retail Market Robust

Posted on Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Tucson’s retail market continued its robust growth with over 262,000 square feet (sf) of positive net absorption for this quarter, which exceeded the first and second quarter’s combined absorption of 256,205 sf.  Pent-up demand in the market spurred an increase in retail space under construction from 123,402 sf in Q2 to 149,218 sf this quarter. Vacancy ticked-down slightly from 6.4% to 6.2%.

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Topics: Economy, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Leasing, Retail

Tucson Retail Rocks on...

Posted on Thu, Jul 27, 2017

Tucson's retail market continued its predictable growth with 20,397 square feet (sf) of positive net absorption this quarter. While the most recent quarter represented a slower quarterly pace of net absorption than we have seen recently, the ebbs and flows of net absorption in a market of our size are common and expected. 

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Topics: Tucson, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Market trends, Leasing, Retail

Retail on a Roll: Tucson Market Beats On

Posted on Thu, May 11, 2017

As predicted, Tucson’s retail market saw a significant increase of 235,808 square feet (SF) positive net absorption. This improvement is almost six times more than the 40,993 SF absorbed in Q4 2016 and accompanied delivery of nine new buildings totaling 235,958 SF. In the past four quarters, a total of 621,286 SF of new retail space has been delivered, consistent with the observed increase in retail space demand and activity predicted in our most recent quarterly report.

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Topics: Economy, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Market trends, Retail

Tucson Retail Market Expects a Strong First Quarter

Posted on Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Tucson’s retail market ended 2016 with a 6.4% vacancy, the same as year-end 2015, supported by a healthy market with positive growth in retail sales. With the exception of 2013, positive net absorption of 386,786 square feet (SF) for the year exceeded the total for each year since 2007. Gross absorption was also at a three-year high.

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Commercial real estate, Vacancy, Lease rates, Leasing, Retail

Gains for Tucson Retail Market as Economy Reshapes

Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Anchored centers in Tucson continued their long-standing success, and well-positioned projects like Park Place Mall trade area’s Wilmot Plaza reported some of the strongest rents and lease-ups in recent years. Tucson's southwest submarket posted continued strong demand from retailers, entertainment venues, and restaurants.

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Leasing, Retail

4 Location Factors to Consider: Advice for Small Business - Chamber Edge

Posted on Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Rent or mortgage payments are likely among the top expense line items in operating your business, right up there with staffing costs. Not only is the direct cost relevant, but also your choice of location and space layout has the potential to impact the productivity of your team, as well as the perception of your brand by customers and clients. With that in mind, let’s explore some key considerations that come into play when choosing a business location.

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Topics: Tucson, Industrial, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Leasing, Logistics, Office, Retail, Medical office

Tucson Restaurant News: Guest Post

Posted on Thu, Aug 11, 2016

The restaurant industry is a significant contributor to the national economy and its importance has been increasing over decades.  According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), the restaurant industry contributes 4% of the national Gross Domestic Product.  The NRA also reports that the restaurant industry accounted for 25% of the total food dollar in 1955 and this increased to 47% of the national food dollar by 2016.  Restaurant industry growth in real dollars is charted in the table below.

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Topics: Tucson, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Market trends, Retail

Restaurants & Medical Uses lead the Tucson Retail Charge Q1

Posted on Tue, May 03, 2016

Vacancy in the Tucson retail market remained at 6.6% in the first quarter, in line with the stability reported over a two-year span. Comparing year-over-year Q1 net absorption, the delta represented 139.0% more space absorbed in Q1 2016 than was lost in Q1 2015. 

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Topics: Tucson, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Leasing, Retail

Will Modest Growth Remain the Story for the Tucson Retail Market?

Posted on Tue, Feb 16, 2016

Vacancy in the Tucson retail market ticked down, ending 2015 at 6.6%, a familiar and stable range for over two years. Annual net absorption in 2014 at 467,000 square feet (sf) and 2015 at 452,000 sf lagged the previous three years, which averaged 719,000 sf per year. In addition to traditional retailers, medical users from practice groups to the market’s first standalone emergency department have embraced the visibility, traffic counts, parking, and affordability that retail corridors offer today. On the national level, creating an experience for the consumer beyond a simple product purchase differentiates successful omni-channel/ brick and mortar retailers from their online counterparts. The grocery sector remains dynamic, with the possible re-entry of Albertsons at Broadway and Houghton and expansion from Natural Grocers. Walmart’s unexpected announcement of U. S. store closures will not have much impact on a national level and will not affect the Tucson market. Tucson continues to be an expansion market for Walmart and other discount retailers.

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Investment property, Market trends, Leasing, Retail