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Airports Shield Retailers From E-Commerce

E-commerce has cut through brick-and-mortar retail in a Darwinian fashion, establishing clear winners and losers and drastically re-shaping landlords’ approaches to leasing. Purveyors of certain soft goods — apparel, jewelry, electronics — have seen their footprints at malls and retail centers dwindle as online shopping has infiltrated American consumer behavior. But given a little financial credit and strong branding that integrates local culture, these same concepts can find success in …

Retail Lenders to Borrowers: Tell Me A Story

Lenders and borrowers alike have come to recognize some fundamental truths of the retail financing market in the e-commerce era: Most big box users need to right-size their store footprints and prototypes; new construction in urban settings needs food and entertainment components; and friendly loan terms are increasingly predicated on the sponsor’s track record. In Texas, direct lenders of all types have remained active in the retail arena, with certain capital sources aligning themselves …

Central Texas Retail to Benefit From Austin, San Antonio Convergence

Twenty years ago, if you were to make the 100-mile drive along Interstate 5 from Los Angeles to San Diego, you’d be driving through crop fields, ranchlands and vast tracts of undeveloped land. Today, that same corridor in southern California is defined by commercial and residential development, so much so that it’s hard to tell where one city ends and another one begins. In recent years, California has become a feeder of the growing Texas population as businesses and households alike seek …

Healthcare Providers in Retail Settings Is A Win-Win-Win

With a solid healthcare provider as a tenant, everyone wins: Landlords realize draws in traffic to the property, while providers expand their services and reach more patients and consumers enjoy added convenience and generally lower medical costs. The practice of housing healthcare providers in retail locations has become commonplace across the United States. Changing dynamics in healthcare reform, technological advances, demographic shifts and consumer preferences drove this shift. JLL’s …

The Shift to Local Identification in Retail Real Estate

In cities around the country, growing numbers of developers are prioritizing the inclusion of local and independent boutique retail tenants in centers with more recognizable national chains. At a time when the retail industry is undergoing some profound changes, it should not be surprising that we have seen a correspondingly significant shift in conventional wisdom about how to build a tenant roster. That shift is especially evident in adaptive reuse projects, and in retail and mixed-use …

Strong Metro Economies Drive Retail Market Growth in Texas

If you want to understand the state of Texas’ retail market as of the first quarter of 2019, just look at the numbers. In terms of jobs, Texas is on track to add 191,000 net new jobs this year, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Much of that growth will be in our major metro markets of Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston and San Antonio. In Austin, for example, unemployment stood at an extremely low 2.7 percent as of March 2019. DFW’s rate is a healthy 3.3 percent; …

Minimal New Development Keeps McAllen Office Market in Check

Development of new office space in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area rarely happens on a large scale. This ensures that the market remains steady, if unspectacular, assuming the fundamentals during both expansions and contractions do not change. According to CoStar Group, the metro’s office vacancy rate currently stands at 6 percent, while the average asking rent sits at $20.44 per square foot. Modest vacancy compression and rent growth are forecast for the coming years, with the …

McAllen’s Retail Rents Hold Flat as Occupancy Reaches Record Mark

Despite the fact that demand for retail space in McAllen is at an all-time high, average asking rents are not rising at rates that preclude new users from entering and expanding within the market. According to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, the retail occupancy rate currently stands at just under 95 percent. The user base is balanced between big box home furnishing and service tenants, neighborhood retailers providing essential services, entertainment concepts and both national and regional …

Strong Leasing, Low Deliveries to Define McAllen Multifamily Market in 2019

Relative to past cycles, the multifamily market of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area has seen a record number of new deliveries of Class A product over the last four years. The metro’s population has grown significantly during the current economic expansion. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the city of McAllen alone has increased by 9.5 percent over the past decade. Combined with a relatively low cost of living throughout the region, the market’s natural growth …

McAllen Industrial Market Sees Greater Diversity Among Users

The agriculture industry, long an economic staple of the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), has been at the forefront of the region’s industrial expansion and is seeing its role elevated with more product coming from Mexico. Over the last several years, road and bridge infrastructure improvements throughout Mexico’s southwestern regions have laid the groundwork for increased traffic of produce-carrying trucks headed northeast to the border area. Ports of entry throughout the RGV have become the top …

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