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The Steel City has claimed yet another accolade to add to its growing list. USA Today recently voted Pittsburgh as the best large metro area for jobs.
The rankings were based on “the number of hiring opportunities relative to population, the area’s affordability and job satisfaction,” according to Glassdoor.com, a website which allows former and current employees to anonymously review companies and their management.
This is far from Pittsburgh’s first recognition as one of the best cities in the country. In 2018 alone, Pittsburgh was selected as the second most livable city in the United States, number one city for the most affordable rent, number 34 out of the top 100 places to live in the world, and number one city for young people to live based on job opportunities, affordability and livability.
To read the full USA Today article, click here.
“We have been affiliated with Colliers International for many years, so this is a natural next step for us which will enable us to expand our service offerings and further drive our growth,” said Gregg Broujos, Managing Director and Founding Principal of Colliers Pittsburgh. “By integrating into the Colliers global platform and leveraging its size, capital, established infrastructure and industry leadership, we look forward to taking our business to the next level. We have Property Management and Valuation Advisory Services professionals in our office here in Pittsburgh, and our recruiting efforts will be helped enormously by this acquisition.”
For more information, read the full article here.
With the inauguration of President Trump fresh in our minds, it would be appropriate to discuss the impact of a new presidency on the retail real estate world. Will new tariffs impact retailers like Best Buy and Walmart, or could new manufacturing emerge that might lower costs? Instead of discussing these weighty issues, and because Colliers International | Pittsburgh has its priorities straight, we would prefer to talk about beer. Specifically the burgeoning microbrewery explosion we have seen in our region.
Combined with a hot restaurant scene, Pittsburgh’s food options have never been better.
The excitement in Pittsburgh’s food scene is headlined by the strong growth in regional micro-breweries. Just this past month Mindful Brewing opened their new location on Route 88 in Castle Shannon. At the same time Southern Tier Brewing Company opened on the North Shore and Helltown Brewing announced it is expanding to Bloomfield. By some count, no fewer than seventeen breweries are planned or expected to open in the region in 2017. While many might wonder if this could be too much of a good thing, Kyle Mientkiewicz of Grist House Craft Brewery, one of Pittsburgh’s first and most popular craft breweries disagrees. “In the grand scheme of things I don’t think the market is
saturated yet,” he said, “but if you do enter the market you better have a good product”. Grist House’s success has shown other entrepreneurs that people will seek out good
Local craft breweries are only a part of Pittsburgh’s strong restaurant scene. National and regional restaurant chains are expanding rapidly within the market and competing for real estate options. Restaurants active in the market include Firebirds, Bomba, Hello Bistro, Plaza Azteca, Choolah, Mission BBQ, Emiliano’s, and many others. By some counts there may be dozens of restaurant concepts competing for the same prime locations. The result is a lack of opportunities for smaller local restaurants and increasing rental rates. Restaurants that used to lease space for $15 or $18 per square foot are now forced to deal with market rents that range between $25 and $40 per square foot. Rising occupancy and labor costs create a conundrum for many restauranteurs. Joe Billhimer, a franchisee of multiple restaurant concepts said, “The implications of higher rents, coupled with increasing difficulty in finding quality workers and their ability to get to your location absent mass transportation services, has added another factor into deciding the right location for a restaurant to be prosperous. It has become very important to look at your location and the availability of workers.“
Some pundits believe that, nationally, there is an oversupply of restaurant uses and that there will be a market correction. In a recent poll by the National Restaurant Association, only 17% of restaurateurs believed that the market for restaurants will improve over the next year, while 29% see conditions worsening. Of course, we know that polls don’t always correlate with reality, so have a beer, leave the politics aside and enjoy the plethora a food options that Pittsburgh provides.
To read the full Q1 2017 Pittsburgh Retail Newsletter, click here.
Colliers International | Pittsburgh won four awards at the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Annual Awards Luncheon last week at the Rivers Club. The awards presented by David Ruppersberger, President of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, honor the region’s top brokers and deals of 2016.
Paul Horan, Founding Principal at Colliers International | Pittsburgh, and Edward Lawrence, Principal at Colliers International | Pittsburgh along with Jason Stewart at JLL won “Office Lease of the Year – Fringe” for representing 375 Northshore Drive in the 133,244 square foot People’s Natural Gas transaction.
Colliers International | Pittsburgh SIOR members Patrick Sentner, Founding Principal, and John Bilyak, Principal, won “SIOR Co-Broker of the Year – Pittsburgh Industrial” for their 148,000 square foot transaction at 405 Keystone Drive. Sentner and Bilyak represented the buyer in the $9.3 million deal.
“Colliers International | Pittsburgh was very proud to have so many of our transactions recognized at the recent SIOR Awards Luncheon,” Bilyak commented. “It is a tribute to the experience, depth and team approach within our office and a honor to receive these awards among the highest peer group within our industry.”
Justin Kline, Associate at Colliers International | Pittsburgh, was the only member of the firm to take home two awards. The first was for “Investment Sale of the Year – Industrial – Multi-tenant” on the sale of 460 Nixon Road. He represented the seller in the $20.3 million transaction. Kline also won “Emerging Broker – Seller Representative” for the sale of Center City Tower, a 300,000 square foot $21.5 million transaction.