Based on a new CBRE Retail Property Management survey at 16 of the malls and large-format retail centers that it manages across the U.S. found the following regarding results from this past Thanksgiving weekend:
"We anticipated that in-store foot traffic would be much higher this holiday season, with shoppers eager to return to their normal traditions and the experiences they missed last year," said Brandon Isner, Head of Americas Retail Research for CBRE. "The feedback from our retail centers shows that people are more comfortable gathering this year and their activity will be a boost to not only retailers, but entertainment outlets such as theaters and restaurants. This narrative is backed up by data illustrating that retail foot traffic has steadily increased throughout October."
"Although consumer sentiment has taken a dip, retail sales remain strong. Supply chain issues may hamper smaller retailers, but inventory likely won't be a problem for larger retailers with purchasing power."
The CBRE-managed retail centers are spread across the U.S., with four in the West, five in the Midwest and Central U.S., and seven in the East.