High and low availability retail submarkets from the Goldstein Group survey High and low availability retail submarkets from the Goldstein Group survey

PARAMUS, NJ—The retail vacancy rate has increased by almost 0.4% since last year, mainly because of large chain closures and efforts by landlords to adjust to the new normal, according to The Goldstein Group’s survey of 22 retail corridors in Northern and Central New Jersey.

The survey, the most extensive retail vacancy report for Northern/Central New Jersey, totals over 4,250 properties and over 100 million square feet of retail space.  The retail vacancy rate is now at 7.04%. Although retailers/restaurants continue to lease retail space, others are closing down locations including some big box tenants who have been part of the retail landscape for many years.  New Jersey is still doing better in filling retail spaces, compared to the rest of the United States, where vacancies still average closer to 9-10% nationwide.

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