WTC, Fulton Center bright spots on otherwise dull retail market

REBNY’s 18th Annual Retail Deal of the Year Cocktail Party will be on Tuesday, June 7 at Club 101.

For this year’s competition, our Retail Committee received 13 outstanding submissions from which two will be formally recognized: the Most Ingenious Retail Deal of the Year and the Most Significant Retail Deal of the Year.

These honors will be given to those brokers who have shown incredible drive, creativity, and determination in their transaction, and place them among the ranks of the prestigious men and women who have won these awards before them.

Last year, the Most Ingenious Retail of the Year award was given to Cushman & Wakefield’s James Downey, Eric Le Goff, Frank Liantonio, and Michael Rotchford for their deal at 740 Madison Avenue, “The ‘Art’ of a Deal: From Art to Fashion.”

To pull off this deal, these brokers placed Bottega Veneta, a luxury handbag purveyor, on five floors across three different buildings owned by different partnerships.

The Most Significant Retail Deal of the Year award went to Patrick Smith, Mark Kapnick, Matt Ogle, and Corey Zolcinski of SRS Real Estate Partners.

Their deal, “Redefining Bryant Park: The Creation of a New Retail District – 3 Bryant Park, 5 Bryant Park & 120 West 42nd Street,” involved placing several tenants for 160,000 square feet of retail space in three separate Equity Office Properties.

The tenants, which included Citibank, Academia Barilla, Coffee Mania, and others, represented a variety which will have a significant impact on the retail landscape around Bryant Park for years to come.

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REBNY also recently released its Spring 2016 Retail Report, which reflected a slowing global economy and retailer caution.
Despite these larger economic conditions tempering the retail market, demand for space remains fundamentally strong.

Ground floor retail asking rents dipped in 10 of the 17 corridors surveyed, partly attributable to an increase in available ground floor space.

We have seen strong increases in asking rents on Broadway in Lower Manhattan as the completion of the Fulton Center and the World Trade Center Transportation and the continuing growth in residential population make the area a desirable retail corridor.

Likewise, Bleecker Street in the West Village has seen new availabilities in the more desirable, and higher asking price, locations on this corridor.

These biannual reports provide an overview of the retail market at a particular point in time based on the available listings of our Advisory Group and our Retail Committee members.

Our Retail Reports have proven to be highly anticipated by our members, and a valuable source of information on the state of New York City’s retail market for the media, tenants and store owners.

According to our Retail Advisory Group, who reviewed the asking rent data for available space that comprises the report, there are still a large number of retailers looking at potential stores to lease. However, these tenants are proceeding cautiously, taking longer to commit to new leases.

Another important variable over the past six months is the emergence of new brands, many of which are not willing to make major branding pushes to increase their visibility while they are still testing the waters.

Going forward, our Advisory Group anticipates that the coming 12 months will be a decisive period for the retail leasing market, with the amount of available space increasing if sluggish retail sales and retail jobs decline.

However, this is also dependent on other factors such as demand, the speed with which lease renewals are being completed, and emerging brands continuing to be careful with their available capital.

For the full text of our Spring 2016 Retail Report, information on past Retail Deal of the Year events, and new and exciting ways to be a part of REBNY’s retail activities, visit rebny.com.