“Closure of Bad-Assets”, “shelving of Mall-Projects” pose “challenges for Domestic & Global Retailers” to expand business in India | ET Retail

International Retailers are finding it difficult to get Quality Retail-Spaces, in Top-Indian cities even as several Malls across major-markets are lying mostly vacant because of Poor Standards..!!

” Demand for Quality #MallSpace, is soaring with #InternationalBrands, posting a healthy jump in their year-on-year revenues. However, we are seeing many bad malls shutting down and mall projects in early stage of planning are being shelved,” said Limaye, head of research and real-estate intelligence service at JLL India..

According to a recent CBRE report, out of the more than 300 malls in the country, only a handful can be described as successful retail projects as 40% of the total available malls are bad assets and have over 50% vacancy. Most malls lag behind global standards with some of them spread across just 4-5 million sq ft, it said..

” Over 60% of global retailers already have a presence in India but the lack of quality retail space and legislative issues have been an impediment to the spread of organised retail in the country,” said Magazine, managing director of property consultant CBRE South Asia. This has posed challenges for global brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Topman Top Shop, Ralph Lauren Polo and Uniqlo that have lined up to enter the country…!!

While some brands are planning a greater presence in high streets and co-location, others are penetrating into tier II and III towns to keep their expansion intact till March 2015 when real estate analysts foresee a void in mall expansions…

” We still make good of shortage of quality malls through standalone high-street stores,” said Vasanth, Executive Director at Max Fashions….He said the retailer, which has seen 15%-18% growth in like to like sales this year, plans to open 30 stores annually..

A senior executive from an international brand that is yet to launch operation in India said besides malls there is lack of quality space on high streets as well. Some developers are expected to revamp existing malls to accommodate retailers looking for global ambiance, this person added..

According to JLL India, Average Absorption of #MallSpace, has halved from the peak of 10.7 million sq ft in 2011…The Total #MallSupply, also “dropped to 5.7 million sq ft in 2013 from 13.8 million sq ft in 2011..”

Industry experts say many brands are focusing on tier II and III towns. “In the next few years, modern retail is expected to grow 50% to 60% per annually in tier II and tier III cities, compared to only around 30% in the metros,” said Joshi, AVP marketing at Pioneer Property Zone. Marks & Spencer has entered secondary cities such as Kochi, Kanpur and Surat..

” With new retail sites opening, we plan to enter new cities like Guwahati and Mohali, even as we expand in the cities where we are already present,” said Nair, managing director at Marks & Spencer Reliance Retail India….The firm has introduced Marks & Spencer Lingerie & Beauty store format that trade from a smaller footprint…Nair said the retailer, which reported 42% jump in sales last year, targets a total of 100 stores by 2016 including M&S Lingerie & Beauty stores…!!

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