expansion: March 2009 Archives

American "Shopping Corridors" Emptying

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What does all this timely demising and store shuttering and bankrupty look like in the real world of strip-malled avenues? Northeast Ohio's retail spaces now have a 10.3% vacancy rate, an all-time high—and very little of that is due to new construction:

"There is no retail demand from large tenants who want new locations, and developers have problems getting loans for new projects," [CBRE broker Thomas] Flynn said. "Both the demand and supply side (of retail development) are stalled."

Few prospective tenants are around to eat into the vacant space. Only a handful of value-oriented stores, such as Family Dollar and Dollar General, as well as auto parts retailers, are expanding, CB said in its report.

Finding opportunity after closings

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The failure of a large chain like Circuit City means a competitive segment has an opening to be filled. After all, Best Buy can't be the only option for electronics retailing forever.

And so the market will slowly see companies begin to fill that void, starting in Connecticut, where PC. Richard & Son is expanding, opening a store in Norwalk. P.C. Richard is a 100-year old company that has grown slowly and locally in the New York metropolitan area. Now with 52 stores, it has the mass to continue its expansion into places where competition is light.

Expect to see more reports like this as the economy settles down and smaller companies decide to challenge the remaining national brands.

Timely Demise tracks the retail industry as it changes with our unprecedented economic environment. Published by David Wertheimer. Did I miss something? Drop me a line.

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