Retail opportunities at transport hubs like airports, railways, metro expected to grow to USD 21.6 billion by 2030

Mumbai: Retail opportunities at transport hubs like airports, railways, metro, highways are expected to grow to USD 21.6 billion by 2030, according to a survey by property consultant Knight Frank. This growth is attributable to a healthy growth in passenger traffic as well as transport infrastructure in the country, according to the survey.

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  • It noted that the total retail opportunity across various transport hubs in India, such as airports, highways and bus stations, metro , railways, will grow manifold in new decade.
  • Knight Frank India Chairman and MD Mr. Shishir Baijal said,”India is going through an infrastructure revolution. The government’s focus on developing and modernising the transport modes including airports, railway stations, metro and highways is opening up unprecedented opportunities for the organised retail segment in the country.”
  • The current size of transit retail in India is estimated at USD 2.2 billion and is expected to grow to USD 21.6 billion by 2030, according to the survey.
  • The survey noted,”While the retailing potential is best tapped at airports, it is still at a nascent stage for other modes like metros, railways, highways and bus stations. A large part of the retail opportunity at transit hubs is currently untapped due to lack of retail infrastructure at these nodes.”
  • The large retail potential translates into lease rental opportunity of USD 1 billion, which is estimated to grow to USD 3.2 billion by 2030.
  • Mr. Baijal said,”Considering the current lease rent opportunity, the government can potentially monetise these transit-oriented retail assets to generate funding to the tune of USD 10 billion. Such monetisation will reduce dependencies on passenger tariffs and develop the retail eco-system for a largely unexplored territory. This will also open a new revenue stream for future infrastructure developments.”
  • The development of retail infrastructure at key transportation nodes through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) has presented huge opportunities to operators and retailers to monetise the potential of guaranteed footfalls with ‘wait time’, he further said.

Retail opportunities by railway & metro projects

  • The proposed metro network and mega transformation of Indian railways opens up retail opportunity to the tune of USD 7.5 billion by 2030, according to the report.
  • India is expected to see a total development of 1,000 km length of metro development that opens opportunity for retailing to the tune of USD 5.6 billion by 2030.
  • There are about 500 metro stations across India with an estimated retail market size of USD 0.6 billion as of 2019.
  • Similarly, based on the commercial potential of the 400 redeveloped railway stations across India, it is estimated that the annual passenger traffic will increase to 18.2 billion by 2030, translating into a retail opportunity of USD 1.9 billion by the year from USD 0.1 billion in 2019.