- January 1, 2022: Vol. 34, Number 1

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Small to mid-size industrial dominates leasing market

by Andrea Zander

The industrial real estate sector continued to break records going into the tail end of 2021, according to JLL’s Third Quarter Industrial Report, with smaller properties dominating the leasing market.

Rising ecommerce activity has become a primary driver of demand for smaller logistics facilities, making the most popular size segment for leasing 10,000 square feet to 49,000 square feet in the third quarter. Nationally, more than 137.9 million square feet of total industrial product was leased in third quarter, reports JLL, a new high for 2021.

More than half of industrial leasing in the United States in the third quarter came from users looking for space below the 100,000-square-foot threshold. The surge in ecommerce, labor shortages and consumer expectations, in terms of speed and delivery of product, have added more pressure than ever to the supply chain and its operations. As a result, industries servicing the supply chain and ecommerce continue to experi

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