Indian Malls Sees Strong Leasing Activity In H1 With 3.16 Mn Square Ft: JLL
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Indian Malls Sees Strong Leasing Activity In H1 With 3.16 Mn Square Ft: JLL

Indian Malls Sees Strong Leasing Activity In H1 With 3.16 Mn Square Ft: JLL

India’s brick-and-mortar retail universe is bouncing back with strong leasing activity of 3.16 million square feet recorded in the first six months of the current calendar year till June, according to a study released by JLL on day one of the MAPIC India conference, Wednesday.

Leasing activity in the retail sector was believed to have slowed down during and post-pandemic as digital consumption was on the rise.

Shopping mall stock as of the first half of the calendar year 2023 was 89 million square feet with an expected supply pipeline of over 38.04 mn sq ft of retail developments between H2 2023 and 2027 taking the tally to 127 mn sq. ft by the end of 2027, said Dr. Samantak Das, Chief Economist and Executive Director – Research & REIS, India, JLL.

According to Das, food and beverage (F&B) along with apparel occupied over 51 percent of the gross leasing activity.

Speaking about F&B trends, Riyaaz Amlani, Founder Impresario Entertainment Hospitality that runs Social, Smoke, House Deli, Salt Water Café, Mocha, BOSS Burger and Slink & Bardot was of the opinion that consumers in tier II and III cities also want to enjoy the similar lifestyle as those in metro cities and hence over the next 10 years, food space will see a lot of casual dining.

As per their survey conducted in 2019, Indians going out for food had risen to 18 times a month from four times in 2011 compared to 72 times a month in Singapore.

Earlier in his initial remarks, Shailesh Chaturvedi, MD and CEO, Arvind Brands and MAPIC India Chairman in his initial remarks at the inauguration of the conference pointed out that India’s retail universe will have to re-invent to remain relevant to occupy the share of the consumer’s wallet and his or her mind-space.

“Consumers have the option to get distracted and hence we need to offer a differentiating offering,” Chaturvedi said, who is also the chairman of the conference, in its 19th edition after it was launched as India Retail Forum in 2004.

Concurring with this view, Venu Nair, Advisor and ex-CEO & MD, Shoppers Stop said that digital adoption got fast-tracked by the consumers due to COVID and the attention span of the customer has gone down.

Spending three hours at the store is fine, but keeping the customer occupied for three minutes at the cash counter is a challenge. Allow the customer to initiate his shopping online and facilitate him to complete his journey at the store, by upgrading technology at the back-end in the store, Nair said.

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