Colliers Report: Robust demand by 3PLs and advanced manufacturing absorbing new deliveries

May 10, 2023

Commercial Real Estate Research & Forecast Report
Q1 2023 Charleston Industrial

Market Highlights

The Charleston market continued its strong performance this quarter with 2.2 million square feet of absorption and 3.7 million square feet of deliveries. Vacancy increased by 219 basis points from 1.55% to 3.74%. Since the beginning of 2021, the market has absorbed an average of 1.6 million square feet per quarter. This was largely driven by warehousing to support the advanced manufacturing sector, particularly internal combustion and electric vehicle manufacturing and expansion of 3PL (third-party logistics) activity.

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Key Takeaways

  • Strong demand by third-party logistics (3PL) and advanced manufacturing companies
  • 11.8 million square feet under construction
  •  Vacancy slightly higher but still near historic lows despite nearly 4 million square feet of deliveries

Looking forward

Going forward, these sectors along with port-dependent logistics companies will drive demand for additional warehousing and manufacturing space in the market.


About Colliers

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