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2019 Q3 Retail Columbia Report

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Columbia retail has a steady third quarter

Key Takeaways

  • The Columbia shopping center market absorbed 17,717 square feet during the third quarter of 2019; non-core retail space posted negative absorption of 17,583 square feet, while core retail shops absorbed 35,300 square feet.
  • Pop-up shops may appear throughout retail centers more frequently in the next few quarters.

Pop-up shops: a bridge to fully leasing centers

Pop-up shops are less of a trend and more of a retail strategy now that consumers understand more about them. Often pop-ups use social media to expand awareness of the pop-up location and even advertise the shop longer than the actual shop is open; however, pop-ups are highly successful if executed correctly. There are several reasons pop-ups are advantageous:

  • To test out a “cold” market with a new brand in order to gauge the opportunity to thrive;
  • Allow one-on-one interaction with customers allowing them to evaluate products and answer consumer questions;
  • Introduce a new line of a known brand so consumers can try samples from a company they already trust;
  • Consumers are likely to show up and shop so they do not miss out on a opportunity.

Listed above are a few ways retailers can succeed using pop-up shops, nevertheless owners of retail centers can also bridge the gap to a fully-leased building by allowing pop-ups to rent space for short periods of time. Not only will it bring in revenue but it will also drive traffic to shopping centers; therefore, allowing for a vibrant and renewed environment for surrounding shops. If pop-ups have considerable success, they may become long-term tenants as well.

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