Business news from Ukraine

CBRE: AVERAGE VACANCY RATE OF RETAIL SPACE IN KYIV DOWN TO 5% IN 2017

The average vacancy rate of retail space in Kyiv by the end of 2017 decreased by 6 percentage points, to 5% from 11%, in the best shopping centers remained in the range of 0-2%, according to a study by CBRE Ukraine international consulting company (Kyiv).
According to its data, it’s worth expecting an increase in the vacancy of retail space in 2018.
“The general trend towards a reduction in vacancy is largely dependent on the timely completion of the announced projects, including the two large shopping centers River Mall (58,700 sq m of gross leased area) and Retroville (80,700 sq m). Despite the likelihood of delays in commissioning, the average vacancy in the market will increase if all of the announced volume is put in operation on time,” CBRE Ukraine Managing Partner Radomyr Tsurkan said.
At the same time, according to the company, rent rates in 2017 rose by 10-25%.
“Rent rates in the best trade centers remained relatively stable in the range of $60-86 per sq m a month, in other shopping centers fluctuated within $32-45 per sq m a month by the end of 2017,” the study says.
According to the company’s forecasts, rent rates for premises in the most popular shopping centers of the capital in 2018 will continue to grow, while in others it will not change significantly.

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AUCHAN TO LAUNCH NEW FORMATS OF STORES IN UKRAINE

Auchan Retail Ukraine, part of French-based Auchan Holding, in April 2018 will open the first store in the “superstore” format (supermarket) under the name Auchan Zoriany with an area of 3,500 square meters in the Dafi shopping center, the press service of Auchan has told Interfax-Ukraine.
“We position this store as a “superstore,” a supermarket where, in addition to practical goods and everyday purchases, you can find products for pleasure, gastronomic specialties, our exclusive brands … “Proximity” is also one of the directions we plan to develop in Ukraine. The concept and location are now under consideration and development,” the press service noted.
According to its data, the focus in the new supermarket will be made on food and own production. In addition, the infrastructure of the facility will include a cafe.
In general, Auchan plans in 2018 to open several outlets in the “supermarket” format in Kyiv.
In addition, the French retailer plans to actively develop exclusive brands, which are represented only in the Auchan network, namely Cosmia (cosmetics), In Extenso (textiles), Actuel (household goods), and Qilive (electronics).

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