Nonfood retailers are among the most affected by measures taken during the state of emergency to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 45% of retail tenants expect over 30% decrease of their turnover in 2020 and another 39% foresee up to 30% declines as a result of these at least 2 months of no trading, with slow recovery expected in the second half of this year, according to a study conducted by Colliers International’s Retail Division among 84 tenants and 21 landlords from the retail sector in Romania.
Landlords of retail spaces reacted rapidly in the current context, closing part of the shopping centers, where it was physically possible (67%), renegotiating terms with third party suppliers (45%) and even with banks (29%), according to Colliers International’s study among retail landlords. Almost all of them have also used some available state benefits, such as delay of tax payment (52%), technical unemployment (48%) and delayed bank payments (24%).
First signs of recovery in the retail market are expected starting with Q4 2020, but with more consistent results in 2021, which shows that both retailers and landlords are confident in a relatively fast recovery.