Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Mall Vacancies Reach 10-Year High

by Calculated Risk on 1/07/2009 09:16:00 AM

From Bloomberg: U.S. Shopping Mall Vacancies Reach 10-Year High as Stores Fail

Vacancies at U.S. malls and shopping centers approached 10-year highs in the fourth quarter, and are set to rise further as declining retail sales put more stores out of business, research firm Reis Inc. said.

Regional mall vacancies rose to 7.1 percent last quarter from 6.6 percent in the third quarter. It was the highest vacancy rate since Reis began tracking regional malls in 2000, as well as the largest quarter-to-quarter jump in vacancies, according to New York-based Reis.
Strip Mall Vacancy Rate Click on image for larger graph in new window.

This graph shows the strip mall vacancy rate since Q2 2007. Note that the graph doesn't start at zero to better show the change.
At neighborhood and community shopping centers, the vacancy rate rose to 8.9 percent from 8.4 percent in the third quarter, the highest since Reis began publishing quarterly data in 1999.
Strip mall vacancy rates are headed for double digits next this year.