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Store slowdown

Retail occupancy rates dipped in most areas in the Midlands in 2009 as a brutal two-year recession came to a close. Here's a look:

Entire Columbia market

2008: 91%

2009: 88%

Cayce/West Columbia

2008: 88%

2009: 83%

Downtown

2008: 98%

2009: 98%

Forest Acres

2008: 100%

2009: 97%

Harbison/St. Andrews

2008: 93%

2009: 85%

Lexington

2008: 98%

2009: 98%

North Columbia

2008: 83%

2009: 95%

Northeast Richland

2008: 86%

2009: 86%

Southeast Columbia

2008: 88%

2009: 89%

SOURCE: Colliers Keenan

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