Q4 2021 Retail Market
- Investment sales topped $608 million this quarter, bringing year to date volume to $1.9 billion
- Vacancy declined to record level of 6.8 percent
- Rental rates increased 3.7 percent year-over-year to $15.28 per square foot
The Greater Phoenix retail market ended the fourth quarter with the same momentum as the third quarter, net absorption reached 530,082 square feet, bringing the year-to-date total to 1.2 million square feet of positive net absorption. 217,000 square feet of new inventory was delivered in the fourth quarter, bringing total deliveries during 2021 to 809,467 square feet.
In the month of December, the number of Quick Service Restaurants that opened outpaced closings by 38 percent. Consumer spending has increased by 25.7 percent at the end of November compared to January 2020 throughout 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.