Orchard prime retail space sees strong take-up in 1Q2024, with Central Area rents up 0.2% q-o-q

The Outside Central Region (OCR) found a negative net holding in retail space of pertaining to 54,000 sq ft in 1Q2024. Vacancy price in the OCR increased to 4.4% in 1Q2024 from 3.9% in the previous quarter. CBRE associates it to incorporation in chosen field markets and prevention to high leas.

Nonetheless, the pipeline of business travel and meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions (BTMICE), boosted air travel connectivity and ability with the upcoming Changi Terminal 5 will certainly further improve the tourists recovery and, consequently, the retail market, notes JLL’s Phua.

In 1Q2024, retail space leas in the Central Area dropped partially by 0.4% q-o-q, expanding the decline of 0.1% q-o-q the last quarter. Nevertheless, islandwide prime floor rents were up by 1% q-o-q, after a 1.2% q-o-q rise the past quarter.

In the Orchard location, fine jewelry establishment Swarovski started its largest outlet of around 2,300 sq ft at Wisma Atria. Homegrown womenswear brand name Klarra’s opened up a 1,500 sq ft flagship shop at ION Orchard. With the improved retail need, shopping malls which include Paragon and Wisma Atria had attained complete tenancy by the end of 2023, Wong includes.

The Orchard location saw the best take-up in retail sector during the quarter, with net interest of 43,000 sq ft or 80% of overall take-up in the Central Place. Retailers in the Orchard area were spurred to occupy more location as travellers arrivals in 1Q2024 surged by 49.6% y-o-y, strengthened by a five-fold increase in Chinese visitors, states Song.

Still, depended by resilient community intake and shopper traffic over pre-Covid ranks, retailers continued to grab top retail spaces in the OCR, says C&W’s Wong. For example, the Chinese sportswear brand name Beneunder selected to come out at Westgate Shopping center in Jurong East in 2023. Hong Kong cosmetics chain Sa restarted at Jurong Point last quarter and is starting 3 more outlets in the OCR in 2Q2024.

Retail rentals in the Central Area nudged up 0.2% q-o-q, primarily due to the Orchard region, states Wong Xian Yang, Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) head of research for Singapore and Southeast Asia. In contrast, retail rents in the Fringe Locations dropped 1.8% q-o-q in 1Q2024.

Vacancy rates in the Orchard location were down to 6.4% in 1Q2024 from 8.7% in 4Q2023, the lowest from the onset of the pandemic.

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For example, fashion brand name Zara sealed its store in Marina Square mall, while Times Bookstores shuttered its avenues in Plaza Singapura and Waterway Point. After releasing here two years earlier on, South Korean convenience store Emart24 shut all three shops in Singapore in March. Tom & Stefanie, a little ones’s clothing retailer, closed up its outlet at West Mall after 25 years.

URA’s 1Q2024 information showed rates of retail assets were up 1.8% q-o-q, noting the 4th straight quarterly surge. Phua associates the increase in asset costs to real estate investors designating even more resources to quality retail resources. Investors are attracted to the sector because of the beneficial supply-demand basics, positive return spread over funding prices and scarcity value of such possessions.

Angelia Phua, JLL Singapore consulting executive for research study & consultancy, indicates that higher operational costs, keen competitors, unpopular retail approaches and switching customer desires have in addition resulted in some shop closures and a rise in vacancy rates.

“The retail industry continues to be two-tiered,” says Tricia Song, CBRE head of study for Singapore and Southeast Asia. Second places continue to see softer interest for retail industry spot compared to prime sector.


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