Some of them have already removed their equipment.
Well-known retail and café networks are leaving their locations in Nevsky Prospect. Their owners do not hope to earn enough to cover the renting costs in Nevsky in the coming months.
Dixi and Respublica stores, as well as Dve Palochki, Shokoladnitsa, Subway, and Coffee House cafes have already left taking their equipment with them.
To restore trade in St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfare it will take flexibility on the part of both leasers and lessees. The most viable formula to calculate the rent will be a percentage of turnover, market players believe. In any case, competitive business will not leave Nevsky Prospect without trade.
Olga Sharygina, managing director of a property development center, says: ‘The next thing we are going to see is, renters in the most cheap segment, economy class will return. Remember the crises of 2014 and 2015-2016, when we saw canteens with 35-ruble dishes in Nevsky.’
In the first quarter of this year, the share of vacant street retail premises reached a 5-year maximum in St. Petersburg, with more than 9% of retail space remaining vacant. About a third of the shops that closed down sold clothes, footwear and accessories.
Photo: St. Petersburg TV channel