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2021 Q3 Greater Phoenix Retail Market Report

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Q3 2021 Retail Market

Key Takeaways
  • Investment sales topped $500 million this quarter, bringing year to date volume to $1.14 billion
  • Vacancy declined 40 bps, matching 2019 vacancy rate
  • Rental rates increased 2.4 percent Y-o-Y to $14.97 per square foot
Retail consumer spending has increased by 18.6% at the end of September compared to January 2020 in the entire Phoenix MSA.

Rental rates continued showing growth and rebounded from 2020, rising 2.40% year-over-year ending at $14.94. Investment sales were so strong this past quarter that volume totaled more than 56% of all 2020, posting $510 million in the third quarter.

Vacancy decreased to 7.2% while net absorption climbed to 286,386 square feet in the third quarter.

The Greater Phoenix Retail market ended the third quarter ahead of a healthy previous quarter, posting 286,386 square feet of net absorption.

Outlook: Revenue generated by retail sales tax in the City of Phoenix was up 19 percent from a year earlier and up 29 percent from the three-year average. Consumer spending has increased by 18.6 percent at the end of September compared to January 2020 in the entire Phoenix MSA. This is a very strong indication that the retail sector is thriving in the valley.

As the population continues to increase from net in migration, the city is a focal point for new restaurant concepts and retail innovations.

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2021 Q3 Greater Phoenix Retail Market Report

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