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Matt Epple

Austin Retail Bounces Back

Stabilized occupancy, limited construction and improving retail dynamics characterize the Austin market, so says Matt Epple, executive vice president and director of brokerage for Weitzman Austin. Epple recently discussed the metro’s retail market with ConnectCRE.

ConnectCRE: Where does occupancy stand at mid-year?

Epple: Austin’s retail market reported a stabilized occupancy rate of 95.2 percent, thanks to a notable increase in demand for retail and restaurant space, which is helping absorb well-located vacancies on the market. We also see extremely limited construction that comes online significantly or fully leased.

ConnectCRE: How limited is construction?

Epple: After reaching as high as 4 million square feet in the mid-2000s, Austin for 2021 is on track to add only 475,000 square feet of retail space in new and expanded projects.

ConnectCRE: What is your take for the rest of 2021?

Epple: Austin’s economy is really growing. Therefore, we expect to see retail improvement through 2021 and a return to the pre-pandemic occupancy and overall economic health for 2022.

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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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