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2022 Q2 Industrial Charleston Report

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Pent-up demand boosts absorption

Key Takeaways

  • Pent-up demand leads to 3.13 million square feet of absorption
  • Rent will continue to increase due to rising construction costs, interest rates and demand
  • Workforce readiness initiatives are an asset to companies establishing a presence in Charleston

Over the past year, there were approximately 7.2 million square feet of new industrial buildings completed in the Charleston market. Unmet demand has led to unprecedented positive absorption in the most recent quarters. It is an extremely competitive market for tenants as they scramble to pre-lease buildings as soon as construction begins

Charleston’s workforce readiness makes it ideal to establish operations

An added asset to Charleston is the labor pool availability created by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. They have programs in place which educate students about career path options within the industry. Their focus is talent development to “optimize existing resources, expertise, and ideas.” With these initiatives in place, students can leave high school ready for the workforce which allows Charleston to be ideal for development and ongoing operations into the future. With labor continuing to be a driving factor in site selection, South Carolina continues to excel.


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Mark Erickson

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I provide both tenant and landlord representation for clients in the sale, leasing and disposition of industrial properties across Charleston and the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. Whether I am negotiating critical terms in a lease for a tenant or consulting an owner or landlord in the sale or leasing of their space, my role is to meet my client’s real estate and financial goals, both for today and into the future.

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