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Anna Pakulniewicz 11 October 2017

Anna Pakulniewicz


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Ania covers the Baltic states’ real estate markets, architecture and urban planning in Warsaw as well as interior design. She is also the co-founder of Eurobuild TV. Among others, she has been employed by TVN CNBC, PAP Insider, WBJ (The Observer), Poland Monthly and IMM. She graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics, majoring in international relations. She has also completed postgraduate studies in macroeconomic analysis. In addition to this, she studied Lithuanian philology

POLAND After the delivery of nearly 135,000 sqm to the market over the last three months, the total stock of modern retail space at the end of Q3 2017 reached around 11.3 mln sqm. Almost 620,000 sqm of retail space is still under construction of which 29 pct. will be completed this year. The total supply over 2017 is estimated to be 350,000 sqm - according to a report by Colliers International.

In Q3 2017, three new shopping centres and extensions of existing schemes were completed, which accounted for 88.5 pct and 11.5 pct respectively of the quarter‘s supply. Galeria Północna in Warsaw (64,000 sqm) was the largest project opened over the period and was followed by the first phase of Ikea Lublin (33,500 sqm) and Vivo! Krosno (21,200 sqm).

Several new retail chains debuted in Poland in Q3 2017. Some of them opened in Galeria Północna including Hamleys, as well as Russian brands Love Republic and Zarina from the Melon Fashion Group and new concepts such as sports store 4Faces of 4F, children’s store Newbie of KappAhl. A highlight of the quarter was the opening of the first Victoria‘s Secret store with it full range of lingerie in Warsaw’s Arkadia centre. Nissa, a Romanian fashion brand, is another tenant who debuted in centre. However, Springfield decided to withdraw from the Polish market.

“A number of upcoming debuts of retail chains in Poland are due to the forthcoming opening of Wroclavia shopping centre in Q4 this year. Spanish fashion brand – Sfera, Ukrainian brand Goldi, and Blue Frog, a new food concept by AmRest will open in Wrocław,” says Katarzyna Michnikowska, an associate director for research and consultancy at Colliers International.

The average vacancy rate in shopping centres for the eighteen biggest Polish cities was 4.1 pct over the period. The lowest vacancy rate among major retail markets was recorded in Warsaw at 2.6 pct whereas, the largest amount of available space was in Katowice at 5.9 pct). Among the large cities (150,000-400,000 inhabitants), the highest rate of vacant retail space was in Radom at 10.9 pct and the lowest in Bielsko-Biała at 1.3 pct.

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