Sydney's Pitt Street Mall the seventh most expensive shopping strip in the world

Sydney's Pitt Street Mall the seventh most expensive shopping strip in the world
Sydney's Pitt Street Mall the seventh most expensive shopping strip in the world

Sydney's Pitt Street Mall has held on to its position as the seventh most expensive retail strip in the world in Cushman & Wakefield's Main Streets Across the World report.

Retail rents on the exclusive row of shops have increased nearly 18 per cent over the year to $16,500 per sqm.

The rents grew more than any other location in the top 10 ranked locations. The likes of Zara, Oroton and Carla Zampatti are located in the pricey precinct.

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Sydney's Pitt Street Mall the seventh most expensive shopping strip in the world

Pitt Street has recently welcomed luxury skin care giant Aesop, who have introducted an amphitheatre for customers within their new global flagship store which set a new record for retail rents on Pitt Street Mall. 

Matt Hudson, the national director of retail leasing at Cushman & Wakefield Australia and New Zealand said rents in Sydney’s retail core have reached new highs as retailers focus on evolving the customer experience and trialling new store formats to attract shoppers. 

Hong Kong's Causeway Bay hung on to top spot as the world's most expensive with average rents of $42,065 sqm.

It's the second year in a row Causeway Bay has claimed top spot, following a five year dominance by New York's Upper 5th Avenue which has rents at $34,399 per sqm.

London's New Bond Street makes the top three, some way off, at $26,281 per sqm.

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Sydney's Pitt Street Mall the seventh most expensive shopping strip in the world

Pitt Street Mall ranked third in the Asia Pacific list of most expensive retail strips, while Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall hung on to seventh and Brisbane's Queen Street Mall made it in to the top 10.

Bourke Street Mall sees an average $7,000 per sqm and Queen Street Mall $4,500 per sqm.

Cushman & Wakefield's report suggested Australia's retail market is currently favourable to occupiers and landlords that are more predisposed to capital contributions and rent-free periods.

"As a result, rents in some locations have fallen, particularly in CBD strip retail areas," the report advised.

"In contrast, rents on some of the higher footfall pitches have increased, including Sydney’s George Street which will benefit from the new light rail project.

"Online sales continue to take an increasing share of the market and, with a degree of uncertainty about the medium-term outlook, new entrant retailers are asking for break clauses and/or more flexible terms, while many small businesses are also opting for more temporary pop up activations.

"However, there is strong demand for flagship stores and double height frontages and the concept of ‘click and collect’ mixed with retail experience is growing."

 

 

  

 

 

 

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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