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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Industrial districts with a retailing twist

    Posted Jan 08th 2014, 03:43am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu Low rents at new malls converted from old industrial buildings lure small shops Industrial districts with a retailing twist As a shopaholic, I am happy to get my fashion fix ... favourite patisserie Laduree. But there is a downside. Rents in the prime shopping districts have surged, forcing many local retailers to close or set up in cheaper areas. The upshot ...

  2. Business - Economy - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Hong Kong’s tourism policy should meet needs of visitors and residents

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 10:41am by Yvonne Liu

    ... for Hong Kong's retail property market has become a hot topic for debate amid the recent decline in retail sales and proposed changes to the scheme allowing individual mainland tourists ... have closed and many will not survive because of skyrocketing retail rents. This has affected the lives of ordinary citizens, while the city is losing its unique character at the same time. ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Hong Kong faces serious shortage of industrial land for logistics use

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 12:34pm by Peggy Sito

    ... is emerging as a barrier to the development of the city's trade and retail sectors. International property consultant CBRE estimates the warehouse vacancy rate dropped to 0.4 per cent in June ... largely left out of the land sales equation, describing it as a forgotten pillar of the city's economy. The CBRE report highlighted the growing relationship between the logistics and retail ...

  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Does HK$1.38m per sq ft make sense for a shop in Causeway Bay?

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 11:53am by Yvonne Liu

    ... The most frequently asked question was why the acquisition was made when retail rents were peaking. The shop on Matheson Street is leased to a seller of audiovisual products at a monthly rent ... in the world since 2012. It costs at least HK$300 million to buy a shop there. The Matheson Street shop cost more than HK$180 million, which is not a big amount to Chung. And there is a lack of retail ...

  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Going underground could give shops the space they need to deal with tourism boom

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 10:07am by Sandy Li

    ... million tourists by 2017, up from 54.3 million last year, and 100 million within a decade. Property experts said there is a long queue of overseas retailers wanting to open their first flagship stores in Hong Kong to showcase their products to wealthy mainlanders. But many have been forced to skip over Hong Kong because of the lack of supply of large retail shops for lease. Instead ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Hong Kong may need to dig deep for supply of commercial space

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 01:18am by Sandy Li

    ... Causeway Bay, Happy Valley and Admiralty/Wan Chai." Many [retailers] have skipped over the city because of the lack of supply of shops for lease Last Wednesday, a paper prepared ... million last year, and 100 million within a decade. Property experts said there was a long queue of overseas retailers hoping to open their first flagship stores in Hong Kong to showcase ...

  7. Business - Comment - BRICKS & MORTAR

    New year banquet givers caught out by the new frugality

    Posted Feb 12th 2013, 04:27am by Sandy Li

    ... a shopping mall in the mainland, said sales of luxury watches in Beijing dropped significantly before Lunar New Year- a traditional peak season for the retail industry. Designer-label watches with diamonds are a popular corporate gift, as more than 80 per cent of top government officials are male. An international retailer of  luxury watches and jewellery has delayed expansion plans ...

  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Hong Kong's historical districts, buildings at risk as profit maximized

    Posted Oct 17th 2013, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... (Sneaker Street) development will offer sports goods retailers who used to operate shops on the site leases in the new project. That is, in fact, one of the incentives for retailers to give up their old shops. But if you were such a retailer, would you be willing to give up your shop after seeing how the fabric shops at Western Market are being treated? It is true that Western Market has ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Sex shop owner's insights stimulate debate among China's developers

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 11:48am by Langi Chiang

    ... to use his e-commerce platform to bring down the mainland's property prices. Alibaba.com has become a serious rival to traditional retailers and shopping mall operators. The possibility ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Withdrawal of Tin Shui Wai tender dims market outlook

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 05:57am by Yvonne Liu

    ... and Futures Commission has suggested allowing reits to invest up to 10 per cent of their asset value in property development. The trusts usually invest in retail and office properties. The relaxation ...




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