Philadelphia Retail Space Takes Center Stage in Market East Rebirth
From the time of the 19th century shambles and horse-drawn trolleys, Philadelphia’s East Market Street has been a center of commerce and transportation in the City. This corridor of retail space in Philadelphia has certainly seen its ups and downs. Even with the opening of the Gallery in 1977, the consolidation and demise of Philadelphia’s great department stores left a void of high-end Philadelphia retail space, and when it was filled again at the turn of the century it was Rittenhouse Row (and more recently, west Chestnut Street) that took the place of Philadelphia’s go-to shopping corridor.
The next few years will see Market East move toward regaining its status as “Philadelphia’s Main Street,” as more than 1.6 million square feet of new and renovated Philly retail space is expected to come on line.
Retailer Century 21 led the way in 2014 with its 100,000-square-foot store at 8th & Market, its first location outside New York City. The pending PREIT/Macerich renovation of The Gallery as a premium outlet center has received the most attention as current vendors and retailers are relocated for the multi-year remake. An overlooked aspect of this Philadelphia commercial real estate project is that it will break down the monolithic walls of The Gallery – literally – to create more active Philadelphia retail space uses at street level that will make Market Street more inviting to foot traffic than it has been in the nearly 40 years since The Gallery was built.
On the south side of the street, National Real Estate is in the midst of constructing a 775,000 square foot mixed-use development consisting of 322 residential units, as well as Philly commercial properties that include office space, hospitality, parking and retail. National’s Philadelphia commercial real estate development will also open up the block to provide greater pedestrian access to Chestnut Street, where Brickstone Realty is developing several Philadelphia commercial properties, the most notable being 112 apartment units and 95,000 square feet of retail on the 1100 block of Chestnut.
Although rents have remained relatively stable, occupancy rates for retail space in Philly have dramatically increased over the last 10 years. With Greater Center City now home to more than 183,000 people, and a record number of upcoming bookings at the nearby Convention Center, demand for retail space in Philadelphia should remain strong for the foreseeable future.
For more information about Philly retail space or other Philadelphia commercial properties, please call 215-799-6900 to speak with Anthony V. Mannino, Esq., Vice President-Corporate Strategies, at Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a leading Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm that specializes in Philadelphia retail space.
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