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SLC Experiences Office Market ‘Imbalance’

Increased activity and record amounts of positive net absorption created a new commercial landscape across the Wasatch Front. The majority of 2016 leasing activity was a result of tenants occupying new space that was pre-leased during 2015. While sublease availability increased over each quarter, overall market indicators like local population growth and continued economic development will remain strong into 2017. The Salt Lake County office market grew by an additional 1.7 million square feet …

New Entrants and Local Developers Enjoy SLC’s Industrial Market

With nearly 3 million square feet of industrial space under construction, and climbing lease rates averaging $5.64 per square foot, it is safe to say the industrial market along Utah’s Wasatch Front is alive and well. The primary Salt Lake County market reports an overall industrial vacancy level of 5.08 percent. In the fast-growing Utah County submarket that’s just south of Salt Lake City, the vacancy rate is 3.44 percent. This is in line with the pre-recession levels experienced in the …

Grocery Tenants Drive SLC’s Retail Market

[caption id="attachment_130529" align="alignright" width="150"] Nick Clark, Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce[/caption] The retail market in Utah continues to build steam and has expanded over the past 12 months. With these gains, tenants are in abundance and new construction is on the rise. Vacancy continued to improve through 2014, as the overall vacancy rate declined by 0.7 percentage points on a year-over-year basis to end at 6.2 percent. This represents the lowest vacancy rate of the …

Salt Lake City Retail: Strong and Getting Stronger

Retail business continues to be solid in greater Salt Lake City. Total net absorption in all retail categories doubled, when compared to 2012. High-end retail in regional centers saw a 20 percent increase in rents to $24.50 per square foot. Retail inventory increased to a little more than 1 million square feet in 2013 as well. Significant growth areas include new retail in the eclectic Sugarhouse area, the southwest portion of Salt Lake County and the 5600 West corridor. New …

Construction, Demand Grow in SLC'S Industrial Base

Momentum in the industrial market has remained strong for the past three years. This momentum should continue through 2014. Total market activity for 2013 generally remained on par with a record-setting year from 2012, but the makeup of that activity changed significantly. On a square footage basis, leasing activity decreased by 25.6 percent, while user-sale activity increased by 117.3 percent. Much of the increase in user-sale activity can be attributed to Boeing’s acquisition of …

Tech Jobs Spur Multifamily Development

Technology growth in the southern portion of the Salt Lake Valley is prompting additional development of multifamily properties. A new Adobe campus in Lehi, located between Utah’s major employment areas, has led to further technology sector investment in this region. The company expansions and job creation that is occurring in Lehi is certainly driving the need for new housing. In Bluffdale, located about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City, several hundred acres are being developed into …

As Metro Space is Absorbed, Retailers Look Toward the Suburbs

National retailers have slowed their progress into the market now that City Creek and Fashion Place Mall have completed the majority of their renovations. The discount segment continues to expand in infill locations along the Wasatch Front. Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshalls continue to lead the charge in this category, with Rue 21 and Dress Barn as the larger tenants. Rural areas are the new frontier within the State of Utah. Many small communities are riding the wave of the energy boom, from …

Salt Lake's Industrial Market Shows Signs of Strength

Much like the economy in general, commercial real estate has experienced its share of ups and downs over the past 10 years. However, the strength of Utah’s economy, established infrastructure and strategic regional location are sustaining the Salt Lake industrial market and securing its position as one of the most resilient in the nation. For three consecutive years, Utah has been ranked as the “Best State for Business” by Forbes magazine. It was also recently designated as …

Landlords are Gaining the Upper Hand as Tech Companies Eye Utah

The demand for quality office space in Salt Lake City is higher than ever. According to Forbes, Utah’s economy continues to lead the nation, and more employers are looking to expand into the Salt Lake market. Large companies like eBay, Adobe and Boeing are setting up shop along the Wasatch Front, and more corporations will be coming soon. Several new Salt Lake office projects are in the planning stages, while others have already broken ground. With lower vacancy rates in Class A and B …

Salt Lake City Remains a Hotbed for Activity from Technology Companies

The Salt Lake office market will hopefully continue to improve throughout the next year. At the end of the third quarter, overall direct vacancy rates were 13.6 percent, down from the 14.9 percent rate recorded this time last year. Overall asking lease rates for the same period have also seen a slight increase of 41 cents per square foot to the now average asking lease rate of $19.92 per square foot, per year, full service. Although a healthy appetite for Class A office space has dropped …

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