According to JLL, only one shopping centre with a GLA of 125,400 m² entered the Moscow market in Q3 2017 – Vegas Kuntsevo. With no deliveries in H1 2017, this represents the total completions in the first nine months of 2017, two-thirds lower than in the same period of last year.
Vidnoe Park (45,000 m²), Milya (21,000 m²) and Petrovskiy (8,500 m²) as well as the retail part of Fili Gradmultifunctional complex (12,000 m²) are announced for delivery in Q4 2017. The annual Moscow completions will be at about 200,000 m², the lowest level in the past four years, and 62% down vs 2016. Arena Plaza (20,000 m²) and Galeon (14,000 m²) are among projects expected later this year but rescheduled for 2018.
The vacancy rate in existing quality shopping centres in Moscow declined from 6.4% in Q2 2017 to 6.0% in Q3 2017, down by 2.5 ppt from Q3 2016.
The structure of vacant premises in Moscow shopping centres remained unchanged from the beginning of the year. The delivery of new Vegas Kuntsevo superregional shopping centre has not influenced the market vacancy structure, due to its high occupancy rate (85% at the moment of opening).
Ekaterina Zemskaya, Regional Director, Head of Retail Group, JLL, Russia & CIS, comments: “The Moscow market shows signs of a deficit of quality retail premises. Seeing a record low volume of new construction, the vast majority of professional operators are forced to develop their chains in existing shopping centres. At the same time, the situation is completely different from the one two years ago. In the period of high developer activity in 2014-2015 and the economic downturn, shopping centres were opened with the occupancy rate of 40-50% from GLA. Now, there is a shortage of new retail premises to maintain the growing retailer demand. As a result, even in the shopping centres are expected to open the next year – for example, the ENKA TC project on Kashirskoe Highway – the occupancy rate already exceeds 80% from GLA.”
Taking into account the lack of a new retail supply, JLL analysts expect the vacancy rate to decline further, to 5.7% by the end of the year, the lowest level since the beginning of 2015. The prime vacancy rate, that is in the most successful shopping centres with high footfall and conversion rate, remains close to zero for over a year.