Development

How To Calculate Rent For a Freestanding Fast Food Drive-Thru

Higher Sales Volume and Costs Justify Higher Rent for a Freestanding Drive-Thru As Opposed to a Strip Center Endcap or Inline Shop Space–But How Much Higher? From Lyle in Illinois Q :We are looking to open our first fast food franchise location. We have found a location which is an ex-fast food location with existing […]

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5 Ways To Find Strip Mall Tenants

Finding tenants for strip malls is a challenge because we often don’t know who they are, where they are, and their expansion plans. Here are 5 ways to find ’em!

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The #1 Restaurant Choice for Baby Boomers Is….

Restaurants and Institutions has published a study on quick service/casual dining restaurants, comparing the dining habits of the baby boomers to the younger Gen Y’ers. Make A Guess…

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The Architect’s Role in Strip Mall Development

One of our favorite architects discusses his role in strip mall development, and what architects can and should do. Read Ernie’s comments

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Are Construction Costs Dropping?

The answer depends on the sector. Residential construction is off about 40%, and labor has dropped slightly in that sector, however commercial construction costs, including strip malls, have not seen this decrease. In some submarkets construction labor costs have escalated since May 2007. We need to accept that the old domestic demand and supply playbook […]

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Strip Malls and Society

Strip malls are universally denigrated by writers of all sorts. Many writers extend their diatribes into such issues as the loss of community consciousness and neighborly affiliation associated with modern American suburban life. Given all this, what can be said in defense of strip malls?

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