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Q2 2020 Palm Beach Retail Market Report

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“Buy Local” Campaigns Encourage Residents to Shop Within Palm Beach County to help Bolster the Retail Market Recovery

The Palm Beach County retail market felt the impact of COVID-19 induced temporary store and restaurant closures in the second quarter causing a 50 basis-point increase in vacancy rates quarter-over-quarter to 4.9 percent and a negative net absorption of 289,840 square feet. Many tenants in Palm Beach County were able to take advantage of government funding programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program and rent abatements from landlords to help them stay afloat, however, several stores were unable to survive the extended closures through the months of March, April and May. Palm Beach County’s reopening efforts began earlier than South Florida’s other two counties, Broward and Miami-Dade, allowing it to get a head start on its road to recovery.


Q2 2020 Palm Beach Retail Market Report

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Verity Mosquera

Research and Consulting Manager

Fort Lauderdale

As Research and Consulting Manager in the South Florida market, I apply my experience in analytics, leadership and international business to monitor the global economy and make projections that help guide our brokers and clients in strategic decision making. My expertise in both leasing and investment sales ranges across multiple asset types including retail, industrial, office and multifamily.  

Prior to joining Colliers, I worked for The Washington Economics Group, Inc., where I led a team of eight economists as Manager of Client Services to prepare detailed economic impact analyses of a number of high-profile transportation and real estate projects in South Florida, including SkyRise Miami and All Aboard Florida. Other notable South Florida clients that I have worked with include Tate Capital, Odebrecht, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority and the International Speedway Corporation. Prior to moving to the United States in 2011, I graduated from law school and was a data analyst for Equity Insurance in Brentwood, UK.

I am active in the commercial real estate community through multiple organizations and committed to strengthening the participation of young leaders in the real estate sector through my current role as Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leadership Group.

I also have a strong passion for teaching and mentoring students to help prepare them for careers in commercial real estate. I served as an adjunct professor for Miami Dade College School of Business teaching Principles of Management to undergraduate students pursuing their Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and have recently served as a guest lecturer at Florida International University’s Tibor and Hollo School of Real Estate teaching market research skills to graduate students in the Masters in Science in International Real Estate (MSIRE) program. 

While earning my MBA at St. Thomas University, I served as president of Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda and spoke numerously on business and women career issues. St. Thomas University awarded me with the Outstanding Graduate Award and the Women in Leadership Award in recognition of these efforts.

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