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2022 Q2 South Carolina Retail Report

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South Carolina retail shops return to business as usual

Key Takeaways

  • South Carolina retail vacancy rates have steadily decreased over the past year to 3.41% 
  • Retail activity has returned to pre-pandemic levels

South Carolina retail activity has returned to, or in many markets is better than, pre-pandemic levels. The overall shop vacancy rate was 3.41% this quarter compared to 5.4% during the second quarter of 2019. Interest in retail space of all types remains strong from both local and national tenants.

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2022 Q2 South Carolina Retail Report

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Rox Pollard

Vice President & Director of Retail Services Team

Columbia

I specialize in the sale, leasing, and development consultation of retail properties across the state.  I manage the Colliers SC Retail Team, which delivers retail brokerage and consultation services to clients through Colliers’ four South Carolina offices. 

I pride myself in my ability to maintain excellent communication with my clients throughout the entire real estate process and even after a transaction is completed.  I find that success in my work is defined by making sure that when it is all said and done my clients had an enjoyable and profitable experience.  I consider my relationship with my clients as a partnership to help them achieve their goals.

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Craig Waites

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I have been with Colliers since 1995, specializing in site selection, land brokerage and the sale of retail/owner-occupied properties. I have completed over 425 transactions with a cumulative value of $350 million.

My niche and expertise are in land valuation, planning and the entitlement process in order to enhance value for land owners. I have extensive zoning efforts, permitting, consultation and predevelopment issues associated with area muncipalities and the South Carolina Department of Transportation.Transportation.

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Tripp Bradley

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Columbia

I focus on retail land and site selection brokerage. I assess the needs of my clients, analyze the market for opportunities and guide them through the decision-making process that results in the selection of the best locations for their business. Typically, this requires attention to location, visibility, ingress/egress, pricing, zoning, signage, individual market trends, market footprints and overall feasibility, among many other factors that are important and unique to each client.

My number one priority is delivering the best service to my clients. I pride myself in being an asset in finding a solution to a client’s need and define my own success through the success of my clients.

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Frank Hammond

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Serving as a Shareholder of the company, my specific areas of brokerage expertise include landlord/seller and tenant/buyer representation for land, retail and investment properties. I also have significant experience advising and consulting with financial institutions on troubled assets and OREO.

The most rewarding part of my job is identifying either a problem and solving it or recognizing an opportunity and capitalizing on it. This is a strength that translates into real estate solutions for my clients that not only accomplish the goal set forth, but also exceed their expectations and set a path for continuous business growth. I am very straightforward in my approach to real estate and interacting with clients, always handling a deal for the client’s wants and best interests first and foremost. 

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Danny Bonds

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I find that working with retail, a brokerage associate must be knowledgeable in recognizing a client’s needs as well as the trends of the market. I believe that I offer valuable insight into the market, excellent communication and the ability to read situations well.

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Ryan McCue

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As a Senior Brokerage Associate with Colliers | South Carolina and a member of the land and commercial brokerage team, my primary focus is on the sale of large land tracts for development, recreational use and timber production. I work with various groups of clients, from investors to tract builders and farmers and hunters. 

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Lance Byars

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As a Brokerage Associate for Colliers International | South Carolina’s office in Greenville, I specialize in retail brokerage, which includes the representation of owners, buyers and tenants in the purchase and leasing of retail space. I am a member of the Retail Services Group, a select group of Colliers Brokerage Associates focused on retail brokerage. I have extensive experience with commercial real estate, specifically in retail leasing and offer development representation for clients and strong leasing support in the retail market. I bring experience, knowledge and a fresh look to retail brokerage that generate positive results for my clients.

The most rewarding part of my job is walking down the street and seeing a retail space that I helped a business get into. Helping a client realize their potential and then exceeding their expectations motivates me every day. My goal is to build long-lasting business relationships with clients based in honesty and hard work. Colliers’ team-based approach to deals is also very beneficial to clients because we can put two or more minds on every deal that we are involved in. We make it our job to put the entire office at the disposal of our clients.

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Scott Burgess

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The most rewarding part of my job is being able to find and complete a deal that benefits a client as well as the community. Being from Greenville, I have a deep connection to the area and am very passionate about helping it grow even more. Because so much of our work as Colliers brokers relies on collaboration and teamwork, we can bounce ideas off one another and make sure that nothing is overlooked. This is something that differentiates Colliers from other firms and a major reason I enjoy the work.

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John Gressette

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I am constantly seeking to make new connections and I enjoy meeting new people every day in the commercial real estate business. I enjoy developing strong, lasting relationships that extend far beyond a transaction.

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Patrick Nealon

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