Not surprisingly retailers are a litttttle leery signing new leases in the midst of a pandemic. Even with businesses beginning to open up across the country in May and June, there are still too many unknowns out there.
Among those questions are:
Could this be the jab to the throat brick-and-mortar retail was trying to avoid? Back in February forecasts were predicting that U.S. retail would see moderate growth somewhere around 2.8% in 2020. This was PC (pre-COVID), of course. Now, the newest available data is showing that U.S. retail sales will most likely decline 10.5% this year, and those getting hit the hardest will be brick-and-mortar retail stores.
Normalcy in everyday life certainly seems like a distant dream for most of the United States right now. With radical changes to how we work, shop, eat and otherwise live thrown at the country so suddenly, one thing is for certain – the way we go about our lives is going to be very different once the dust has settled from this COVID-19 pandemic.
As the first quarter comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to share my perspective on a growing trend that seems to be taking shape across the retailer landscape...big box stores, regional stores, service businesses - no one is exempt. What has happened to the service in the phrase ‘customer service’?
Even with a strong Holiday season at the end of 2019, brick and mortar stores have been struggling to increase in-store sales and compete with online giants. Coming into 2020, experts anticipated that there were going to be a number of store closings in addition to the previously announced upcoming closings.
Lucciano‘s Italian Ristorante & Bar has leased 5,100+/- SF adjacent to Shaw’s Supermarket. Owned and operated by Tina and Lou Hatsiandrou the new space is almost triple the size of their previous restaurant where they built up a local following and reputation for offering gluten free pastas and baked goods for 20 years. The new restaurant has 164 seats and a custom-designed wooden bar top that seats an additional 18 guests.
So you have a prime piece of land you want to do something with. You know you can get a good price if you sell it, but something in the back of your mind says “I wonder if it would be better to lease it to someone for 20 years instead?”. Who leases empty land anyway?
This year’s holiday season is looking favorable for retailers. With the economy, household incomes and employment levels holding steady, ICSC is anticipating a 4.9% increase over last year’s $832.3 billion holiday sales. The average American adult is expected to spend nearly $700 on holiday-related items including gifts and decorations.
Change is inevitable. Over time we all age, and this is also true for real estate. In 1986, the Pheasant Lane Mall opened their doors to the public and, at the time, it was the only mall in the Southern New Hampshire area. People drove for miles from up north and Massachusetts to come to this major destination point. Over time, businesses began to pop up along the Daniel Webster (DW) Highway corridor in Nashua. With New Hampshire being a “tax free” state, this area experienced tremendous growth!
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty's own Lindsey Goodrich, of the Commercial Division, was featured in the September 6, 2019 issue of the New England Real Estate Journal. This issue spotlighted the women in commercial real estate (CRE) in New England and Lindsey was in great company with fellow female CRE advisors.