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Oahu Retail Summary Market Report Q2 2022

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Retail Sector Takes a Step Backward

After posting two solid quarters of occupancy gains, Oahu’s retail market reversed direction during Q2 2022 and registered a loss of 53,508 square feet. Oahu’s retail vacancy rate, which had fallen to 6.86% during Q1 2022, rose to 7.17% at the end of Q2 2022.

Despite staving off another surge in Omicron infection rates in May and June 2022, more challenges emerged to confound the retail market’s attempt to begin its recovery. In addition to existing supply chain challenges and a tight labor market, retailers faced inflationary hurdles that fueled price increases not seen in 40 years.


Key Takeaways

  • Oahu’s retail market lost 53,508 square feet of occupancy during Q2 2022

  • Retail sales are projected to decline as inflation takes a bigger bite out of consumers’ budgets

  • Leasing activity slowed during Q2 2022, with store openings hampered by added challenges

  • Recessionary fears dictate near-term outlook

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Oahu Retail Summary Market Report Q2 2022

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Mike Hamasu

Research & Consulting Director

Hawaii - Honolulu

Michael brings to Colliers over 25 years of marketing and marketing research experience. Michael has directed research efforts at commercial brokerages with a focus on providing information to assist in strategic decision making for real estate investors and brokerage clientele. This effort reported on nearly 600 million square feet of commercial/industrial properties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Having been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Real Estate Forum and Commercial Property News as well as other regional publications, Michael has been recognized for his detailed analysis of the commercial real estate marketplace and has  become the recognized source for commercial real estate trend analysis and forecasts for Hawaii’s marketplace.

In addition to managing the primary and secondary research efforts in the collection of commercial office, retail and industrial market information and statistics, Michael established the company’s real estate consulting division. Utilizing market factors such as: vacancy rates, absorption, net effective rents, and sales comparables, this consulting unit is able to advise developers, investors, property owners, and tenants on current and projected market trends.

Whitney Cressman Limited — Commercial Real Estate Marketing Research Director
Directed brokerage, internal research efforts, and generated real estate consulting assignments at a busy boutique firm in San Francisco Bay area. Served as the principal liaison to press and media. Analyzed office, retail, and development site criteria for market demand and feasibility.

Cushman & Wakefield — Commercial Real Estate Research Services Manager
Oversaw the compilation of market analytics for 600 million square foot commercial and industrial markets throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Recognized nationally and regionally for innovative data management and analysis. Selected to serve on a national career development board for research services. Directed research staff of 12 in five Bay area markets.
Identified by brokers as a manager achieving service excellence.

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