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

Retail rents in the Central Area pushed up 0.2% q-o-q, mostly due to the Orchard area, states Wong Xian Yang, Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) head of research for Singapore and Southeast Asia. On the other hand, retail industry rents in the Fringe Areas slipped 1.8% q-o-q in 1Q2024.

As an example, clothing brand Zara shut its retail store in Marina Square shopping center, while Times Bookstores shuttered its avenues in Plaza Singapura and Waterway Point. After releasing here two years beforehand, South Korean convenience store Emart24 shut all 3 sites in Singapore in March. Tom & Stefanie, a little ones’s clothing merchant, closed up its shop at West Mall after 25 years.

URA’s 1Q2024 data revealed costs of retail assets were up 1.8% q-o-q, marking the 4th straight quarterly rise. Phua connects the rise in asset rates to investors allocating more resources to high quality retail assets. Investors are drawn to the sector because of the beneficial supply-demand basics, positive return stretch over funding expenses and shortage worth of such properties.

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In the Orchard location, fine jewelry establishment Swarovski opened its biggest outlet of around 2,300 sq ft at Wisma Atria. Homegrown womenswear company Klarra’s opened up a 1,500 sq ft flagship boutique at ION Orchard. With the enhanced retail demand, shopping centers just like Paragon and Wisma Atria had attained complete tenancy by the end of 2023, Wong includes.

Nevertheless, the pipeline of business travel and meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions (BTMICE), boosted trip connection and ability with the upcoming Changi Terminal 5 will even more improve the tourists recovery and, consequently, the retail field, mentions JLL’s Phua.

In 1Q2024, retail room rents in the Central Region slipped marginally by 0.4% q-o-q, expanding the decrease of 0.1% q-o-q the last quarter. Nevertheless, islandwide prime floor rents were raise by 1% q-o-q, after a 1.2% q-o-q surge the previous quarter.

Angelia Phua, JLL Singapore consulting executive for research & consultancy, indicates that higher working costs, eager competition, unpopular retail concepts and evolving consumer choices have actually also resulted in some shop endings and an increase in vacancy rates.

The Outside Central Region (OCR) saw a negative net absorption in retail place of pertaining to 54,000 sq ft in 1Q2024. Vacancy rate in the OCR raised to 4.4% in 1Q2024 from 3.9% in the previous quarter. CBRE attributes it to combination in selected business markets and resistance to high rents.

Openings prices in the Orchard location were declining to 6.4% in 1Q2024 from 8.7% in 4Q2023, the lowest from the beginning of the pandemic.

Still, depended by resilient local consumption and buyer traffic above pre-Covid ranks, retailers remained to seize key retail areas in the OCR, claims C&W’s Wong. As an example, the Chinese activewear brand Beneunder selected to come out at Westgate Mall in Jurong East last year. Hong Kong cosmetics group Sa resumed at Jurong Point previous quarter and is opening 3 more outlets in the OCR in 2Q2024.

The Orchard area observed 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 Area. Sellers in the Orchard area were spurred to occupy even more location as visitors arrivings in 1Q2024 climbed by 49.6% y-o-y, boosted by a five-fold boost in Chinese visitors, states Song.

“The retail market remains to be two-tiered,” claims Tricia Song, CBRE head of research for Singapore and Southeast Asia. Additional places continue to view softer need for retail spot contrasted to prime spot.