Average vacancy of shopping centers in Lviv by the middle of 2019 was 2.9%, and by late 2021 it is planned that total supply of retail space would expand by 34,600 square meters thanks to the launch of four new shopping centers, UTG consulting company (Kyiv) has reported. “As of the end of the first half of 2019, there is a shortage of commercial premises in the amount of about 24,700 square meters. In the case of the implementation and commissioning of the announced promising projects in the market, there may be a surplus that will inevitably entail overflow of tenants from obsolete facilities that are losing popularity, as well as will have an impact on the growth of vacancy and the correction of rental rates downwards,” UTG analyst Oksana Havrylevych told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to her, in 2019-2021, shopping centers with a total leasable area of 35,600 square meters are declared to open, in particular: on July 25, 2019, the opening of Vernissage shopping center (1, Shevska Street, GLA is 1,000 sq. m), the Arsen shopping and entertainment center (60, Chervonoi Kalyny Avenue, GLA is 24,800 sq. m.), the Kinescope shopping center (Heroyiv UPA Street, GLA is 8,600 sq. m.), as well as a shopping and office center 11, Hospitalna Street (GLA is 1,300 sq. m.).
According to UTG estimates, by the end of the first half of 2019, two regional, six district, 16 microdistrict, 11 specialized shopping centers and 11 detached supermarkets and hypermarkets were operating in Lviv.
According to the ICSC classification, the total area of the city’s retail facilities is 390,200 square meters., which corresponds to 528,400 square meters per 1,000 inhabitants or 2,200 0 square meters per square kilometer of the total area of the city (excluding small shops, street retail, city markets, detached super- and hypermarkets).