SVNIC’s 2016 Market Outlook Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2016. Today we are delving into the 2016 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Retail Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that is driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.
Top Retail Market to Watch: Spokane, WA
The economy of Spokane is attempting to recreate itself from a natural products producer to a more high tech and business-focused cluster but, so far, the results remain mixed. Unemployment has grown recently to 7.7% in January ‘16 but new job creation is occurring at a 1.7% annualized rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Top sectors adding jobs include Information, Professional and Business Services, and Educational and Health Services, which are growing at annualized rates of 13.8%, 6.3%, and 3.6%, respectively. Population grew 4.2% from 2010 to 2015, according the Census Bureau, which means that overall demand for retail could grow. Still, sustained reductions in unemployment will need to be seen for significant growth to occur. As the tech industry grows, this is possible.
Over the next few weeks, the SVN Blog will be featuring posts that will focus on each of the top markets to watch for industrial, multifamily, office, and retail properties. SVN Advisors from selected top markets have provided their industry expertise regarding what to look out for in their specific market in the coming months. Don’t miss out on these important insights – subscribe to the SVN Blog on the right side of the blog homepage.
To read more on other top retail markets, download the full version of the 2016 Retail Market Outlook report here.
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