‘Many sadly have been pushed over the sting’: Pandemic results in exodus of downtown retail tenants | Globalnews.ca

‘Many unfortunately were pushed over the edge’: Pandemic leads to exodus of downtown retail tenants  | Globalnews.ca

2021-11-25 08:00:20

After serving Western Canada for greater than a century, the enduring low cost chain identified for its annual shoe gross sales took a stroll initially of the COVID-19 pandemic and by no means returned.

Military & Navy closed its 5 places – together with its flagship in Gastown – in Could 2020, however reopened the New Westminster retailer for one remaining liquidation sale the following month.


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Military & Navy kicks off its liquidation sale


Military & Navy kicks off its liquidation sale – Jun 4, 2020

“The Military & Navy division retailer will all the time be in my coronary heart,” proprietor Jacqui Cohen mentioned on the time.

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An official press launch acknowledged that Military & Navy had hoped to reopen after shuttering its shops and briefly shedding workers in March 2020, however the “financial challenges of COVID-19 have confirmed insurmountable.”

Cohen informed World Information the pandemic solely exacerbated the gross sales hit from Amazon and on-line buying.

“It simply turned insurmountable that the corporate might proceed.”

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Retail marketing consultant David Ian Grey mentioned he doesn’t suppose there was any curiosity in modernizing Military & Navy and believes it ran its course as a retail idea.

“It was actually behind the occasions when it comes to trendy expertise and built-in on-line techniques,” the DIG360 principal informed World Information.

“I sort of really feel the proprietor right here noticed the writing on the wall even previous to COVID.”


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Squire Barnes on the one centesimal anniversary of the Military & Navy shops – Apr 30, 2019

Disney closed all of its 16 Canadian shops this 12 months together with its three B.C. places at Metrotown in Burnaby, Guildford City Centre in Surrey and Pacific Centre in Vancouver.

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The lack of the brick and mortar Mickey Mouse & Pals merchandise spots adopted a March press launch from Disney that introduced plans to concentrate on on-line gross sales and the closure of at the very least 60 shops in North America.

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Nordstrom and the Hudson’s Bay Firm pivoted to curbside pickup and briefly lowered their hours.

Meantime, storefront retail emptiness charges within the metropolis of Vancouver jumped 2.8 per cent – from 9.3 per cent in spring 2020 to 12.1 per cent a 12 months later.

The variety of vacant industrial retail items elevated by 220 or 28.6 per cent – from 768 within the spring of final 12 months to 988 within the spring of 2021.

The quantity of prime leasing alternatives which have opened up since March 2020 is unprecedented, in keeping with actual property agent Sherman Scott, who makes a speciality of city retail leasing and gross sales.

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“Sadly, I’ve seen fairly a number of tenants flip over because of the pandemic,” mentioned the Colliers affiliate vice chairman who has spent greater than 25 years in industrial actual property.

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“Many sadly have been pushed over the sting.”

Survival was a tall order even for Starbucks, which accelerated its five-year restructuring plan into 18 months because it responded to adjustments in client habits throughout COVID-19.

The Seattle-based firm closed as much as 300 Canadian places by the tip of March.


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Starbucks wouldn’t expose how ‘grande’ its B.C. exit was.

Within the metropolis of Vancouver alone, World Information mapped greater than 100 shops lately.

65 stay whereas at the very least 52 places are now not exhibiting on the Starbucks’ app – with the bulk disappearing since March of final 12 months.

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“Canada is taking a a lot better hit and it’s concentrated much more on the downtown cores,” Grey informed World Information.

Starbucks is including drive-thrus whereas increasing cellular ordering and supply because it blends the normal “sit and keep” café with extra seize and go choices.

“They see progress there however I fear a bit of in regards to the model,” mentioned Grey.

“The cache, the premium model that they constructed that’s very experiential and the shop means one thing if you’re in it.”

Grey predicts an ideal storm is brewing for retailers within the new 12 months when deferred rents will come due amid staffing and provide chain points.

“Perhaps the most important threat that they’re gonna face by the entire pandemic remains to be to come back.”





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