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Converted Malls & Bullpen Environments: Effects on Office Leasing

bull pen exampleAccording to a recent article “Office, industrial vacancies decline across New Brunswick” published in the on-line Real Estate News Exchange.

“There were 43 office buildings with a combined gross leasable area of 2.51 million square feet surveyed in Greater Saint John.”

The overall office vacancy rate in our market decreased from 19.1% in 2018 to 14.07% last year. Despite this improvement, the vacancy rate is still considered higher than is desirable. A couple of explanations were given…

 

“The office market in Saint John is in some ways the victim of the city’s past economic success, which saw a number of urban shopping centres constructed in the 1960s and 1970s,” Baird Allen [manager of Turner Drake’s economic intelligence unit] explained. “When demand for retail space shifted away from these malls, they were converted to office space, so the city has a disproportionate amount of class-C office space for a city of its size.

“This oversupply is a contributing factor to the high vacancy rate. Other factors include the nature of the economy in Saint John, which has a strong industrial focus, as well as broader trends in how office space is utilized — going from individual offices to cubicles, and now to flex space and bullpen environments where employees work in communal spaces that require fewer square feet of office space per person.”

Read the entire article below which provides further insight in the Saint John office & warehouse leasing market as well as stats for Moncton and Fredericton.

Office, industrial vacancies decline across New Brunswick