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Downtown retail a magnet for tourists, locals

CBRE Group, Inc. released its Manhattan Retail MarketView report for the fourth quarter of 2013, highlighting the new retail developments that are spurring Downtown as a tourist and shopping destination.

“A huge retail magnet for foreign and local shoppers is being created Downtown from Brookfield Place on the west side, eastward to the World Trade Center, Fulton Street Transit station and to the Howard Hughes seaport project on the East River,” said Annette Healey, executive vice president, CBRE Retail Group. “From luxury retailers to extensive and varied dining and marketplace concepts, these massive new developments will all come online over the next several years bringing more than 1.1 million square feet of retail space to Downtown.”

 

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CBRE report shows downtown retail rents spiking.

The abundance of retail projects has drawn big-name retailers to the Broadway corridor Downtown, including Urban Outfitters, which leased 21,000 s/f at 180 Broadway.

The corridor’s average asking rent saw the largest quarterly increase in the market, rising 40.40% from $198 psf at the end of 2012 to $278 psf at the end of 2013, an increase attributable to landlords raising pricing based on demand for large-scale development projects in Lower Manhattan.

CBRE’s report also stated that the average asking rents on Manhattan’s major retail corridors remained relatively stable from Q3 2013 to Q4 2013. Five of 11 major corridors saw minor declines — the largest occurring on Broadway on the Upper West Side, an 8.21 percent decrease that can be attributed to new availabilities priced below that market’s average.

Despite this decrease, the average asking rent still increased 15.67 percent when compared to the same time last year. The other six corridors experienced stable to moderate increases in average asking rents, led by a 15.18 percent increase on 34th Street in Herald Square. That increase was a result of signed leases that removed availabilities priced below the market average.

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