Darwin retail sector suffers from declining population: HTW Retail

Darwin retail sector suffers from declining population: HTW Retail
Darwin retail sector suffers from declining population: HTW Retail

A 2018 study by Herron Todd White (commissioned by the Property Council of Australia) found that there was about 220,000 square metres of general retail space in the greater Darwin area.

They found that this figure includes properties varying from neighbourhood style centres of two to three shops through to regional retail centres such as Casuarina Square. Of this 220,000 square metres, about 68,000 square metres (or 30 per cent) has come on line in the past two to three years.

HTW valuers said, "unfortunately, this large increase in supply has come on line at a time when Darwin’s population is experiencing a significant decline, with the weaker economy seeing many Darwinites heading interstate in search of work."

"What we have seen has been a drift of businesses to these newer centres, attracted by strong tenant incentives and a desire to follow the ant trail of shoppers."

"As a result of this displacement, vacancies have sprung up, particularly in Darwin CBD and Palmerston CBD. It is difficult to see trading conditions improving in these locations until the population begins to increase," they added.

It is expected that there will be limited rental and capital growth opportunities in Darwin retail centres, especially secondary centres without a major anchor, for the next three to five years, HTW forecast.

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