Q4 2020 Retail Market
The Phoenix retail market fought a hard battle this year with multiple national companies announcing either bankruptcy or closures throughout the nation.
- Q4 ended with 64,036 SF of negative net absorption, but stayed positive over the entire year, ending at 215,692 SF
- Rental rates increased 0.68% YOY and 0.82% over-the-quarter, ending at $14.73
- Vacancy increased to 7.9%, up 20 bps from last quarter and up 60 bps YOY
- Airport Area submarket cluster ended the year with the lowest vacancy of 4.8%, but increased vacancy YOY by 90 bps
- West Valley submarket cluster delivered over 200,000 SF of new product this year
- West Valley had the largest decline in vacancy YOY, dropping 70 bps from 2019
- Over 1.1 million square feet of new retail inventory delivered in 2020
- Investment sales outperformed all three previous quarters, illustrating the traction the Phoenix market is gaining from investors
- The median price per square foot (over 10,000 SF and $1 million) increased 16.7% over-the-quarter and 12.1% over-the-year, ending at $199.35 PSF
- Q4 sales volume ended at $273 million, driving the year's total to $760 million
Vaccine progress will remain a dominant market narrative throughout 2021. As confidence grows, we will see a transition year, moving back to services from goods, and to in-person from virtual. The scars of 2020 will remain vivid from businesses that did not survive, but the market is in a great position to continue pushing forward.
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