APPD Market Report Article
DelhiMay 31, 2022
Net absorption down q-o-q with no mall completions in 1Q22
- Net absorption declined by 12% on a q-o-q basis and by 59% y-o-y, as no new malls went operational in the quarter and prime malls maintained high occupancy levels. Footfall was down initially in the first month of the quarter with a fresh wave of COVID-19 restrictions, but recovered quite rapidly in February and March.
- Leasing activity in the Prime South was mostly dominated by the F&B segment as Barbeque Nation, Haldirams, Perch, Saket Social and many other restaurants took up space in DLF Avenue, Saket. In Prime Others, Pacific Mall—both in Dwarka and Subhash Nagar—and Vegas Mall in Dwarka saw good leasing momentum.
No new retail completions in 1Q22
- No retail malls were completed in 1Q22. In the coming quarters, more than 1.2 million sq ft of new supply is expected to be completed, mostly in the suburbs. Mixed-use developments, which comprise a retail block, along with Office are also included in the upcoming supply.
- With improved connectivity, better infrastructure and a growing residential catchment, most of the new mall supply is lined up for the suburbs.
Rents remain stable
- Rents remained stable across all malls.
- Vacancy rates were down as well, given the increased traction in retail activity and the fact that quality malls continue to have very limited or no vacancy in them.
Outlook: Leasing activity expected to improve further by year-end
- With COVID-19 cases decreasing and hardly any restrictions on movement, footfall is expected to increase further, which will encourage retailers to plan new store openings and boost leasing activity, pushing vacancy to near pre-COVID-19 levels.
- Malls as part of transit oriented developments (TODs) are on the rise and we expect them to gain more momentum. The majority of the malls in the Prime Others and Prime South submarkets are based on the TOD model only.