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High Retail Property Momentum Sweeping Palm Beach County, Says NAI/Merin Hunter Codman


High Retail Property Momentum Sweeping Palm Beach County,
Says NAI/Merin Hunter Codman

-- Lack of New Construction & Land Lead to Rehabs & Rising Rents –

West Palm Beach, Fla. – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc., one of South Florida’s leading commercial real estate services firm, today announced that it will record one of the highestmomentum years for retail property transactions in nearly a decade. The high volume is a reflection of retail clients rushing to find adequate space for new stores and expansions. Some markets have seen rental rates rise as much as 10 percent in the last year, pushing retailers to act swiftly to lock in advantageous property and lease terms. This activity follows on the heels of the residential housing-market recovery with retailers, in turn, seeking to service commensurate growth. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman sees extremely brisk retail property activity across all markets from Boca Raton and Wellington — the latter exceptionally strong — on to West Palm Beach and areas of significant residential development in Jupiter. The strong trend of momentum is not expected to abate any time soon, according to retail experts at NAI/Merin Hunter Codman.

“Many South Florida retailers are expanding, pushing rental rates upward,” said Bruce Corn, Managing Director in the Retail Services Group at NAI/Merin Hunter Codman. “At the same time, that presents opportunity as expanding retailers vacate space that can be nicely rehabbed to accommodate new up-and-coming tenants.” 

Mr. Corn points to representative client transaction such as Planet Fitness relocating within the Village Shoppes shopping center located on Route 441 in Royal Palm Beach. Planet Fitness moved and expanded into larger space, signing on for an expanded 20,000 square feet in a new lease in the same center. Congress Auto Parts, at Forest Hill Blvd. and Congress Ave. in West Palm Beach, relocated from one retail center to an adjacent center, having purchased a
larger building totaling 6,500 square feet for its new location.

“Momentum is not limited to a particular retail specialty,” added Jordan Paul, CEO of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman. “This is a broad-sweeping trend with positive activity ranging from the expansion of restaurants, specialty grocers and pharmacies, to décor, pet supply stores and more. We see this upward trend across the full spectrum of retail in South Florida.”

Other retail transactions completed by NAI/Merin Hunter Codman in 2015 include:

  • Pet Supermarket took on 6,700 square feet at Village Square on US 1 in Tequesta
  • Don Che Steakhouse opened in the Casa Costa condominium complex in Boynton Beach
  • Saito Japanese Steakhouse expanded its existing locations including at City Place in West Palm and in Wellington at the Pointe on Wellington Green, and signed a lease for an upcoming 7,800 square-foot restaurant at Pompano Citi Centre in Pompano, which will open in early 2016.

Major pharmacy chains such as CVS have also been expanding. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman negotiated the sale of a 10,000 square-foot building, which was to be torn down and combined with several other parcels to make way for a new 14,000 square-foot CVS store at Military Trail and Northlake Boulevard.

Noted Spencer Grossman, Director in the Retail Services Group at NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, “We continually seek improved uses for retail properties, which also translates into benefits to local communities. Restaurants are especially performing well and the variety of area options is becoming eclectic and internationally diversified in terms of cuisine.”

About NAI/Merin Hunter Codman
NAI/Merin Hunter Codman,, is one of South Florida’s leading commercial real estate services firm with over three decades of experience advising clients on strategic acquisitions and dispositions and providing landlord representation, tenant representation, property management and construction management services. The firm has expertise in all commercial property sectors including office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hotels and land. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s client base includes some of the nation’s most prestigious institutional and private investors and through the NAI global network, it can facilitate property transactions around the nation and the world, serving as a single point of contact for its clients’ counsel and execution. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is headquartered in West Palm Beach with regional offices in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington.
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01/25/2016 - 11:45


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