Jaideep Wahi, director, retail services, Cushman & Wakefield, said: “Quality is the key concern for most retailers, especially the international brands. Good connectivity to prime areas in the city with ample infrastructural support helps in seeking good rentals for spaces at main streets.”
High Street at Lokhandwala in Andheri now commands a rent of Rs3.10 lakh, a 3% hike from last year’s Rs3.07 lakh.
According to the survey, the steep hike at Colaba Causeway could be attributed to the shortage of quality retail space and the interest shown by apparel and food and beverage brands. The rise in rentals at Linking Road is a result of the increasing interest of domestic and international brands in setting up their flagship stores.
However, the real estate scenario of malls is not very encouraging. Rents at Lower Parel malls continue to hover at Rs4.80 lakh for a 1,000sqft outlet, the same as last year. Malls at Goregoan too continue to charge rentals similar to last year. Real estate expert Ajay Chaturvedi said that the miscalculation of the builders is to be blamed for the empty retail spaces in malls.