E-commerce Disruption Causing Retail Real Estate to Convert to Warehouses in U.S.

CBRE | January 31, 2019

Global real estate consultant CBRE is reporting this week that retail real estate left behind by the retail industry's digital evolution can find new life as warehouses and e-commerce distribution centers. According to CBRE, 24 such conversion projects are currently occurring across the U.S.
CBRE found various types of retail-to-warehouse conversions, including demolition of obsolete malls to be rebuilt as warehouses in Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and several markets in Ohio. Other retail structures were left standing and repurposed for industrial uses, including a former Toys 'R' Us in Milwaukee now occupied by a business that remanufactures transmissions, and Sam's Club's conversions of several of its stores to distribution centers.

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Barings | June 22, 2022

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