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Retail Property – One Size Does Not Fit All

The challenges faced by retail and the effects on performance metrics against the various Covid trading restrictions, have triggered the need to reconsider how retail assets should be categorised and considered. ‘Retail asset’ is a broad, all-encompassing term used to capture Shopping Centres, Retail Parks and High Street/Main Street Shopping. At Bannon, we have extensive data and performance metrics across these retail asset types. This information demands a rethink on how we talk about the sector. While property is inherently heterogenous, with each asset having its own idiosyncrasies, we can refine asset types based on shared and similar characteristics, which overall, relate to the role and function these assets play in their local catchment and community. 

How various retail assets have reacted to and been affected by the restricted retail trading conditions that began in early 2020, have driven the need to re-categorise these assets. Areas considered include their ability to perform their function, the extent to which they remain functional against changes in market conditions and the characteristics of each scheme. This has provided a more focused approach that can be used to better inform sustainable tenant mixes and pricing analysis.  It is through our ability to combine analysis with Bannon’s unique data insights, that we endeavour to display thought leadership in the commercial property market. Based on this, Bannon will release articles on Community Shopping Centres, Retail Parks and Shopping Parks and High Streets that discuss the drivers that shape and influence key areas. They include their footfall, the opportunities and challenges their occupier mix face against emerging market trends and the role and function of these asset types within the market. 

Watch out for this series of articles over the summer.


Author:               George Colyer, Surveyor, Bannon

Date:                   20th June 2022