KARNES Tri-City North Carolina Retail 2013 Year in Review

Posted on July 21, 2014 by - Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Commercial Property Exchange, Construction Update, Development, Durham, Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, KARNES Perspective, KARNES Tri-City Report, Raleigh, Retail, SiteIndex, Triad CIE, Triangle, Triangle CPE, Western NC, WNC CPE

A combined total of 144.8 million square feet of retail space was located within the Tri-City area at the end of 2013. With a retail inventory totaling approximately 60.7 million square feet, the Charlotte market was the largest of the three North Carolina retail markets, accounting for 42% of the retail inventory. The Triangle market ranked second with 46 million square feet of retail space, while the Triad maintained 38 million square feet of retail space. After declining to a historical low of 541,782 square feet in 2002, retail construction increased to nearly one million square feet in the Tri-City markets during 2013. New retail supply during 2013 was most pronounced in the Triangle region, where 693,982 square feet of new space was delivered. The Charlotte region ranked second with 231,680 square feet of new retail space completed during 2013, while the Triad region reported 38,000 square feet of new retail during 2013. Only the Charlotte region reported a continued decline in new construction from the level reported in 2012. While retail construction in the Tri-City area increased during 2013, the level of new supply remained well below the 2.6 million square feet averaged annually between 2008 and 2011.
KARNES Tri-City Retail Vacancy Trends
The relatively low supply-side pressures from new construction allowed for vacancy rates to decrease in all of the Tri-City markets during 2013. At 8.0%, the Charlotte retail vacancy rate decreased 0.6% of a point during 2013 as net absorption totaling 494,986 square feet outpaced the 231,680 square feet of new supply. Despite the decrease, the Charlotte vacancy rate remained above the 6.9% reported in 2008. The Triangle retail vacancy rate decreased 0.4% of a point during 2013 as net demand totaling 849,391 square feet outpaced 693,982 square feet of new supply. The Triangle’s 2013 vacancy rate of 6.6% was the lowest of the Tri-City markets, but remained 0.1% of a point higher than the 6.5% reported in 2008. New retail supply totaling 38,000 square feet in the Triad market was outpaced by net demand totaling 386,123 square feet during 2013. As a result, the Triad retail vacancy rate decreased 0.9% of a point to 10.1% from the 11.0% reported at the end of 2012. Despite the decrease, the rate remained 0.5% of a point higher than the 9.6% reported at the end of 2010.
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KARNES Tri-City North Carolina Industrial 2013 Year in Review

Posted on July 21, 2014 by - Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Commercial Property Exchange, Development, Durham, Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, Industrial, KARNES Perspective, KARNES Tri-City Report, Raleigh, SiteIndex, Triad CIE, Triangle, Triangle CPE, Western NC, WNC CPE

Karnes divides the industrial market is into two categories – warehouse and flex. At the end of 2013, the Tri-City markets contained a total of 105 million square feet of warehouse space and 34.6 million square feet of flex space. With over 52 million square feet of warehouse space, the Triad market accounted for approximately 50% of the Tri-City warehouse market. The Charlotte market ranked second with 34 million square feet, while the Triangle market maintained 18.4 million square feet.

The 178,250 square feet of warehouse space completed in the Triad market during 2013 accounted for all of the new warehouse space completed among the Tri-City regions. For the Triangle market, 2013 marked the fourth year in a row where no new warehouse space was delivered. Two warehouse buildings were delivered in the Triad market during 2013 with the largest being a 134,650-square-foot speculate building at 1023 Corporate Park Drive in Mebane. A total of only 564,738 square feet of new warehouse space was delivered in the Charlotte market between 2009 and 2013, while the Triangle market reported even less at 412,940 square feet. With the additional space delivered during 2013, total warehouse construction in the Triad during the same period totaled 469,750 square feet.
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KARNES Tri-City North Carolina Office 2013 Year in Review

Posted on July 21, 2014 by - Charlotte, Commercial Property Exchange, Construction Update, Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, KARNES Perspective, KARNES Tri-City Report, Office, Raleigh, SiteIndex, Triad CIE, Triangle, Triangle CPE, Western NC, WNC CPE

A combined total of 117 million square feet of office space is located within the Tri-City area. Totaling nearly 50 million square feet at the end of 2013, the Charlotte market is the largest of the three North Carolina office markets. The Triangle market ranked second with 41.4 million square feet of office space, while the Triad maintained 25.7 million square feet of office space. After reporting a total of 1.48 million square feet of new office construction in the Charlotte, Triangle, and Triad regions during 2012, new supply came to a halt during 2013 and marked the first time in over 25 years that no new office space was completed in the combined Tri-City region.

The decrease in supply-side pressure allowed for gains to be reported in each of the Tri-City markets. The Charlotte market reported the greatest gains during 2013 as net absorption (demand) totaling 1.3 million square feet resulted in a 2.5%-point decrease in the office vacancy rate. The year-end 2013 rate of 14.8% in Charlotte was the lowest vacancy rate among the three markets, with the Triangle and Triad both reporting a rate of 15.0%. The year-end 2013 Triangle vacancy rate was 0.6% of a point lower than the year-end 2012 rate as net absorption totaled 204,615 square feet. The Triad region reported a 0.2% of a point decrease in vacancy during 2013 as net absorption totaled 162,219 square feet.

KARNES Charlotte Office Leasing Activity

With net absorption totaling 1.3 million square feet, the Charlotte region reported the highest level of net demand during 2013. The Triangle region ranked second in terms of office demand during 2013 with net absorption totaling 204,615 square feet. The Triad market reported 162,219 square feet of net demand during 2013. Four office tenants occupied over 100,000 square feet in the Tri-City markets during 2013, with the largest tenant occupancy reported at Ballantyne – Gragg Building, where MetLife took 284,212 square feet. MetLife also accounted for the fourth largest gain as the company took 104,747 square feet of space at Ballantyne Three. Ballantyne Corporate Park also accounted for the largest contraction during 2013 in the Tri-City markets as AXA Equitable Life Insurance relocated from 152,000 square feet at Ballantyne – Rushmore One to 141,647 square feet at Innovation Park Building 202.

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Restart the Renovation – Grinnell Waterworks Building May Complete In 2014

Posted on July 11, 2014 by - Charlotte, Construction Update, Development, Midtown, Office, SiteIndex

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Renovation of the historic Grinnell Water Works building at 1431 W. Morehead Street started during the second quarter of 2007 but stalled in 2009. The building was purchased by Edifice for $688,500 during the third quarter of 2013 and now appears to be back on track with active renovations for new occupancy.

Edifice has tabbed Kristy Venning and Charlie Swanson of Beacon Partners to market the 28,128 square foot building.

Edifce’s headquarters is located in the neighboring Coca-Cola Building that they purchased for $650,000 in 1996 and gives them ideal proximity to oversee the renovations and selection of future tenants. One of the most exciting renovations coming to 1431 W. Morehead Street will be a 1,300 square foot rooftop patio for tenants to enjoy the impressive skyline views afforded with its location just outside of Downtown submarket. Edifice expects completion of the extensive renovations on the 28,000-square-foot building by the end of June 2014.

When completed, 1431 W. Morehead Street will be the first new office space added to the Karnes inventory of multi-tenant for lease inventory in the Midtown submarket since 2012 when the Levine Cancer Institute (171,000-square feet) opened.

Shaking Up SouthPark Mall – New Luxury Occupants and Stalwart Tenant Relocations

Posted on July 11, 2014 by - Charlotte, Retail, SiteIndex

Recently, our research team took the opportunity to check out the latest tenant activity at Charlotte’s SouthPark Mall, where a lot of changes were underway. The fall should see a flurry of new openings as stores currently under construction include:

Athleta Under Construction

Athleta Under Construction

Athleta, a fitness fashion brand for women that is part of the Gap’s ownership group, will open in the main entrance near Cheesecake Factory across from Starbucks in the space that formerly housed Wentworth Gallery, The Walking Company.

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Boston Proper Under Construction

Boston Proper Under Construction

Boston Proper, a popular women’s fashion catalog and website, will open a boutique in the Sur La Table’s former space in the Nordstrom wing.


H&M Under Construction

H&M Under Construction

H&M, or Hennes & Mauritz AB which sells cost-friendly contemporary clothing and accessories for women, men and children, plans for fall completion in the Macy’s wing. Dispaced tenants from H&M’s arrival include Aeropostale, Amy’s Hallmark, Copacetic, Pink & Blue, SouthPark Optical (relocated and opened in the Belk wing across from Gap), and Nestle Toll House (relocated to former Skechers at across directly across from its former location at the entrance of the food court).


American Girl Under Construction

American Girl Under Construction

American Girl, an experiential retailer of high-end dolls, doll outfits, accessories, girl-sized clothing, American Girl books, will open in the Macy’s wing in the spaces formerly housing Delia’s and Mori Luggage (relocated to the main entrance). The new store will also offer a 25-seat Bistro for Doll Hair Salon.


Armani Collezioni

Armani Collezioni

Armani Collezioni, a sub-label of Giorgio Armani, opened in the Neiman Marcus wing in June.


Lush UC

LUSH, an elite nail bar, will open in the former Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory space at the entrance to the Macy’s Wing.


Sur La Table

Sur La Table

Sur La Table relocated and opened in the former Anne Taylor space in the Dillard’s wing. Ann Taylor relocated to the former Justice space next to Banana Republic.


Kate Spade relocated next to David Yurman

Kate Spade relocated next to David Yurman

Kate Spade New York recently relocated to the Nordstrom wing.


The Limited

The Limited’s newly remodeled store

The Limited, recently closed its temporary store in the Macy’s wing, for the opening of its remodeled store which opened in June down the hall in the Macy’s wing.


Lacoste's new location next to Lululemon

Lacoste’s new location next to Lululemon

Lacoste relocated from their space in the Nordstrom Wing to Kate Spade’s former space in the Belk’s wing next to Lululemon.


Juicy Couture Closed

Juicy Couture Closed

Juicy Couture closed next to Tori Burch in the Nieman Marcus wing.

KARNES Heats Up With New Users As Summer Begins!

Posted on July 10, 2014 by - Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Commercial Property Exchange, CPE Weblink, Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, New Subscribers, Raleigh, SiteIndex, Subscribers, Triad CIE, Triangle, Triangle CPE, Users, Western NC, WNC CPE

New KARNES MembersAs June 2014 comes to an end, we reflect on new companies and brokers across North Carolina that have joined this past month. We would like to welcome the following organizations and users, who will be utilizing the power of KARNES systems to make the remainder of 2014 a success!

Welcome New Members

  • Chris Chagnon at Action Creek Realty
  • Tasha Ince at Lindsay Commercial Properties
  • Michael Schiftan at Devcon Resources
  • Heide Foley at Heide Foley, CPM
  • Tyler Brandt at Colliers International
  • Matt Schindelholz at Brackett Flagship Properties, LLC
  • Andy Holland at Wells Fargo Bank
  • Pamela Cola at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry & Walston
  • Lee Burgess at First Federal Properties, Inc.
  • D. Maxwell Hanks, CCIM, SIOR at Spectrum Brokerage Services, Inc.

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