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NJ Industrial’s Near-Record New Supply is No Match for Record Demand

New Jersey’s near-record level of new industrial supply isn’t keeping pace with demand, Transwestern reported. The market saw 10.6 million square feet of space delivered last year, the most since 2001, yet still set a new record for net absorption.

Although the record-level absorption of 12.8 million square feet can be largely attributed to leasing activity from retailers and wholesalers, manufacturing and food-related companies have also emerged recently. With these industries continuing to expand, vacancy rates dropped below 3% in 12 of the state’s 25 submarkets, with seven submarkets reaching an all-time low.

“To be competitive in today’s environment, industrial tenants must take advantage of New Jersey’s unparalleled location at the center of the Northeast Corridor,” said Jeffrey Furey, managing director at Transwestern. “The demand is so high that tenants are resetting the market when renewing leases, with no choice but to pay significantly higher rents.”

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