Builders Shift focus to office-retail complexes

The combination of retail and office complexes may not be entirely new to metro cities, but the trend of setting up such combined projects is fast catching on. Developers are now looking at experimenting more with a mixed-use format rather than standalone retail formats, allowing for quality retail on the lower floors and commercial spaces on the upper floors.   Even today, key portions of several office buildings in property markets are occupied by food & beverages and retail BFSI outlets. Such mixed-use retail developments have opened up a new format that will attract select categories of retailers. "Of the total retail presence in office buildings across major tier-I cities, 26% is occupied by food & beverages and a significant 23% is occupied by retail BFSI outlets.   Such office-retail complexes (ORCs) are emerging as alternatives to high streets, and even malls, for some categories of retailers.   Retailers get the dual advantage of paying lower rents compared to premium spaces in Grade A malls and closer access to their main target segment of office-goers,seems that developers are also open to experimenting more with a mixed-use format rather than a standalone retail format.    

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