Retail National Report
Consumer Focus on Necessity Goods and Experiences Drives Tenants to
Available Space, Extending a Stretch of Strong Property Performance
Consumers’ priorities reinforce positive outlook. One of the nation’s least-vacant commercial real estate segments, the retail sector entered the second half in a favorable position. Labor market resiliency, wage growth and easing inflationary pressures are aiding consumers’ purchasing power, with households concentrating more of their spending on groceries, personal care items, dining and experiential retail. These consumption trends are motivating a collection of retailers to broaden their footprints and product offerings to capture market share. By executing expansion initiatives, these companies will generate demand for vacant and sublet space of various sizes. The positive leasing momentum that results will preserve historically limited single-tenant vacancy and enable multi-tenant availability to remain on par with immediate pre-pandemic levels.