The 5 Main Differences Between High Street Retail Markets and Malls

High Street Retail Markets and Malls

The 5 Main Differences Between High Street Retail Markets and Malls

Being convinced about investing in commercial real estate is the first step to ethical financial decision-making. Commercial real estate has proven more lucrative than residential real estate due to multiple factors ranging from returns to capital appreciation.

However, deciding to invest commercially is easy. The next step is choosing the ideal commercial real estate investment. This choice presents two retail categories:

  • High street retail shops
  • Malls

A lot of times these are easily confused, which is why we CK is here with his expertise spanning over ten years and tell us the differences between these two spaces.

These differences are not to say one is better or worse. That decision is for you to make, depending on your goals. We simply want to clear the air about the differences between these two seemingly similar retail spaces, which are, in reality, very different.

But first, let’s understand what each type of property is. 

High Street Retail Shops: These are lines of shops typically in open-air spaces, requiring low maintenance.

Malls: Closed spaces built to attract brands, whose footfall depends on the kinds of brands.

This brings us to the main question:

What are the differences between these two retail spaces?

Choosing the right retail space depends on your financial goals and what you are looking for. Although, as CK says, the end goal is always financial independence, there are evidently multiple routes to get there.

Which commercial retail space you choose also depends on the resources at your disposal. The end goal is making a profit from your returns. If you end up spending more than you earn, it automatically becomes a bad investment.

Therefore, you need to consider several factors before choosing the perfect commercial space to suit your needs. 

We highlight some of the significant factors with our list of differences. 


#1: Daily Needs vs Brands

A high street retail market is open-air, i.e. open to the sky. As they say, the sky’s the limit. The shops in high street retail are typically very diverse, selling a range of daily and weekly necessities. 

A mall is a covered property, which is meant for brand establishment. Therefore, it has a more considerable niche of the population that it attracts.


#2: Low vs High Maintenance

High street retail markets have an incredibly low maintenance cost of Rs. 5-10 per sq. ft, making them desirable for investors who do not have the kind of maintenance money a mall demands. 

A mall’s maintenance cost is between Rs. 18-35 per. sq. ft. However, this maintenance cost is also covered by the fact that malls include big brands, which attract high-paying customers, therefore raking in higher returns. 


#3: Open vs Closed

Since the high street market is an open-air property exposed to all, you can see every shop from the main road itself. If you drive or walk through the street, you do not typically need to buy anything but can see everything being sold regardless. 

You usually enter a mall intending to buy something. As a closed property, it requires you to make an effort to see what it offers. Therefore, if visibility is what you desire, high street retail is more up your alley. 


#4: Free vs Paid Parking

You can generally park for free on the side of the road and go to the high street retail market.

All malls have paid parking depending on how long you spend in the mall. 


#5: Controlled vs Planned

You control every aspect of the high street retail market since there is no common space that demands extra electricity or other charges. 

A mall rakes up higher charges due to the shared space it encloses within its walls and ceiling.

Choosing the right retail space can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, with an experienced investor like CK by your side, you are in entirely safe hands! At CK Investments, we give you expert advice on the best commercial property for your needs. Our goal is helping you meet your goals of financial freedom and security with robust returns and a diverse portfolio!

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