REAL ESTATE NEWS

SAN FRANCISCO RETAIL VACANCY TO CLIMB NEARLY 6% THIS YEAR

Published on Monday, April 12, 2021

The good news is that the local employment remains relatively healthy.

 

Retail vacancy is San Francisco is expected to climb 5.9% in 2021, a 100 basis point increase, while rents are projected to decline 2.4% to $36.96 per square foot, according to a recent market report from Marcus & Millichap <

The report, which uses data from Costar and Real Capital Analytics, shows employment in the region is expected to post a 3.9% gain. Marcus & Millichap had previously noted that while many early indicators around how COVID-19 was impacting the Bay Area have been far worse than elsewhere in the US, the employment base remains “relatively healthy,” with the professional and business services sector (including Big Tech) shedding only 5.3% of positions due to the recent economic crisis.


How that will impact retail, which was already sluggish prior to the pandemic remains to be seen. An <array of factors have shaken up San Francisco’s retail scene, including COVID, and retail vacancies are at dramatically high levels, driven partly by the empty 6X6 shopping mall on Market Street. This vacancy will be filled in 2021 by an urban concept Ikea.< <

Construction stock is also predicted to tick up 0.6%, according to the M&M report, with an estimated 394,000 square feet being completed this year. Average cap rates in the region are trending slightly above 5%.