Shopping mall projects delayed; retail supply down 80% in H1

Written by Press Trust of India | Updated: Aug 13 2014, 07:07am hrs
Supply of retail space in shopping malls fell by 80% during the first half of this year to nearly 0.3 million sq ft in seven major cities as projects have been delayed, property consultant CBRE said on Tuesday.

Rentals of retail space in these seven cities showed a mixed trend, according to CBREs 'India Retail Market View' report for H1 2014 on the status of organised retail real estate spaces in the country's leading cities. These seven cities are Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune. "H1 2014 witnessed more than 80 per cent drop in organised retail real estate supply over H1 2013. At nearly 0.3 million sq ft, new mall supply addition remained sluggish during the first half of 2014, dropping by more than 80% over the same period last year," CBRE said.

All major retail projects lined up for completion during the first half of 2014 were either deferred to the second half of the year or to first half of 2015, the consultant noted.

CBRE South Asia CMD Anshuman Magazine said: "The second half of 2014 is likely to witness a shift in development completions from the established retail hubs of Delhi and Mumbai, towards those of Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata". The availability of quality retail space in the core markets of Delhi and Mumbai is expected to remain tight, posing a challenge for retailers with entry plans into key shopping districts, he said.