Orange County is becoming a bifurcated industrial market. For big boxes that serve ecommerce, last-mile and third party logistics, demand is soaring. However, smaller box spaces, which make up a majority of the market supply, are struggling.

"The market will need to keep a very close eye on are smaller assets, sub 50,000 square feet.  This portion of the market makes up 85% of all inventory in Orange County and we saw a 100% increase quarter over quarter in new listings coming to the market sub 50,000 square feet.  Owner/users and tenant may see opportunities if this trend continues," Byron Foss, EVP at JLL, tells GlobeSt.com.

For large box industrial assets, the demand is ubiquitous and consistent throughout the Orange County market. For that reason, every industrial submarket has seen an increase in activity for this segment of the market. "Throughout Orange County, we continue to see significant demand for large blocks of industrial space and land parcels," says Foss. "The large eCommerce, distribution and 3PL's being the most active segment of the market.  We saw an ecommerce company continue to execute on their growth initiatives, reflective of their recent 19 acre land acquisitions in Santa Ana at the former OC Register site and another large parcel in the Irvine Spectrum formally owner by Rockwell Collins.  The Airport Area and North Orange County are the most active submarkets within Orange County."

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.