Industrial sector builds despite high vacancies

Posted on October 17, 2009 by - Charlotte, In the News, Industrial

Among Charlotte-area warehouses and distribution centers, vacancy rates are rising. Rents are falling. Yet two local developers are betting now is the time to build more than 300,000 square feet of new industrial space…Charlotte’s industrial market has fared relatively well during the recession compared with the office and retail markets because developers didn’t overbuild, said Karnes analyst Andrew Jenkins. One reason is developers grew cautious when industrial vacancy rates peaked at 19.2 percent in 2003, Jenkins said, “scaring everyone into being careful where they built.”
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