In 2020, single-tenant net lease retail cap rates compressed to record levels, and the trend is likely to continue this year. Limited new construction and demand for single-tenant properties, like quick-service restaurants, drive-thrus and grocery stores, will put downward pressure on cap rates this year.

“We expect that the supply of new construction retail properties will remain low and overall cap rates will continue to compress for strong credit single-tenant net lease quick-service restaurants with drive-thrus, grocery stores, auto-related properties, convenience stores and medical,” Ed Hanley, president of Hanley Investment Group, tells “Demand will also increase for new construction multi-tenant retail as certain buyers become priced out of the single-tenant net lease market; these cap rates will most likely remain steady.” The pandemic has already run for nearly a year, and investors have figured out the businesses that have not only survived but flourished. Those properties will be the prime targets for investment this year. The list is longer than “We expect that those businesses that performed well during the pandemic will continue to do so throughout 2021,” says Hanley. The list is longer than you’d think. It includes grocery and drug stores, express car washes, drive-thru quick-service restaurants, convenience stores, auto parts and services, healthcare—including dental, vision and medical—and financial services. “However, recovery may be uneven, depending on the category, scale, location and operations, including cost-cutting, use of technology, convenience factor and implementation of COVID-guidelines and local or statewide stay-at-home orders,” Hanley adds.

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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 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.

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