Retailers Begin to Rebound from COVID-19 Impact

Governor Brad Little Visits Lit & Co. Candles as Retailers Begin Reopening

The past month brought a glimmer of hope for Idaho retailers moving forward.  May 1st marked the beginning of Idaho’s Stage 1 of reopening, with many non-essential retailers being allowed to open their doors for the first time in over a month. Stage 2 of reopening began May 16th – allowing for another wave of business owners to open –including dine-in restaurants, salons, and fitness centers.  Stage 3 began last week, on May 30th, as most remaining retailers – such as bars and movie theaters – were able to open their doors.  Although shopping, entertainment, and services may look different as retailers must still adhere to business protocols – the buzz of excitement is in the air. 

The Various Impacts of COVID-19 On Idaho Retailers

Grocery store worker fills empty shelves

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Idaho retailers are feeling the impact personally. Although Idaho hasn’t enacted a shelter-in-place policy at the time of this post, many cities are starting to mandate social distancing orders which directly impacts restaurants, gyms, retail stores, and more.

In response, retailers are becoming resourceful with many restaurants switching to take-out or delivery, fitness centers adding online fitness videos, and retail stores offering online ordering.   

Retail Construction in Treasure Valley Slows in 2019

del taco retail space

Retail construction in the Treasure Valley has been minimal this year with the only active sector being single-tenant pad buildings. As construction costs continue to increase, many developers have found that single-tenant buildings (with a tenant in-tow) present far less risks than spec construction.

New single-tenant pads include O’Reilly off of Idaho Center Blvd., Del Taco in Caldwell, and PIVOT Lifestyle + Fitness Center at Ten Mile Crossing.

Retail Market Trends - Meridian Submarket Leads In Transactions

Retail shopping center in Meridian, Idaho

The Meridian submarket leads the way for the Treasure Valley’s retail market transactions. Net absorption is the strongest at 21,000 SF with 21 deals occurring YTD.

Projected supply is 15 months, which is within the 6-18 month healthy range. The largest deal YTD occurred when Steelz purchased 2150 Fairview Avenue, occupying 13,200 SF of the building.  

Costco is Coming to Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls Costco commercial building

Idaho Falls, the 4th largest city in Idaho, is finally welcoming Costco. Thornton Oliver Keller’s own Brent Wilson is representing the big-box retailer, who plans on building a 150,000 square foot store at the intersection of Lincoln and Hitt Roads. The facility will also include a 15-30 pump fueling station. 

Food For Thought: Part Two

commercial food hall

What drives foot traffic, offers landlords an attractive option for anchoring their buildings and is considered by some to be the ultimate amenity that a mixed-use project can offer?  In this blog post, Holly Chetwood explores the answer to this question - Food halls.   

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