Khan Market: World`s 21st costliest high street

New Delhi`s Khan Market is the world`s 21st most expensive retail high street, as per a survey.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 21:39 PM IST

Mumbai: New Delhi`s Khan Market is the
world`s 21st most expensive retail high street, according to
an annual survey by global real estate consultants Cushman &
Wakefield.

The survey `Main Streets Across the World 2010`, states
that India has improved its position from 24 in 2009 on the
back of strong rental value movement this year.

While New York`s Fifth Avenue retains its position as the
most expensive shopping destination in the world, Hong Kong`s
Causeway, and Ginza in Tokyo are in the second and third
places ahead of London, Paris and Milan in the 2010 survey,
the firm said in a release here today. The study was done
among 269 shopping locations across 59 countries.

Khan Market is ranked above expensive Mumbai`s Linking
Road in Bandra and New Delhi`s Connaught Place.

"With the markets gaining momentum and retailers globally
revising their expansion plans in India, we see a gradual
resurgence in values. New Delhi and Mumbai will continue to
witness a faster growth rate in value against others due to
greater interest in these markets.

"However, cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and even
Ahmedabad, have experienced a growth over the previous year,"
Cushman & Wakefield India Executive Director Kaustuv Roy said.

Khan Market saw a rise of over 15 per cent in rentals
after a dismal performance in 2009, largely due to returning
interest from retailers even as many brands have started to
revise their expansion plans in the country.

However, other retail high street destinations in New
Delhi/NCR did not see the same fervour and areas like Greater
Kailash-I (-10 per cent) and South Extension (-12 per cent)
continued to see a slide in value.

Delhi`s Basant Lok recorded the steepest erosion in
rentals across the country at over 38 per cent.

Despite Linking Road seeing a 33 per cent rise in rental
values in 2009-10 as against the year ago period, Mumbai,
overall, saw the highest fall in rental value as a result of
the economic downturn.

"Going forward we expect many retail markets to gain
their previous strength but landlords will be cautious about
the rate at which values go northwards. They would like to
keep prices at acceptable limits of growth, given the previous
experience of diminished interest for locations with higher
values," he added.

Rental values in locations such as CG Road in Ahmedabad
and MG Road in Pune surged 18.2 and 13.6 per cent,
respectively.

PTI