|Landlords with properties on the streets of Hang Ngang, Hang Dao and Hang Gai have had to cut rents to attract tenants.— Photo dantri.com.vn
Poor business during the epidemic has forced many shop owners to close their business and seek to transfer or return their rented shops.
Pham Danh Tung, owner of a fashion shop in Hang Bai street in the downtown Hoan Kiem district, said a strong fall in customers and revenues, plus a high rent, has pushed him into the corner and he had to suspend business and return the shop to the landlord.
Meanwhile, Le Kim Dung, who has a shop for rent in Chua Boc street, said although she has reduced the asking price by 30%, no customer has come during the past month.
A survey by real estate firm CBRE showed 43% of retail tenants expected their revenue would decrease by 10-30 % this year, and 27% hoped for support from landlords because their business operation was seriously affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.
Economic experts said the rising trend of online shopping is another reason making retail space less popular.
Vo Thi Phuong Mai, head of CBRE’s Retail Services said the COVID-19 pandemic had negatively affected the traditional retail channel but at the same time created opportunities for more modern retail channels such as convenience stores and e-commerce. She expected that multi-channel retail will grow in the time ahead.