There are many things to consider when creating your new retail store, whether you are new to retail or opening another store in your portfolio – our quick start guide provides useful pointers to get you moving.
Our experience has seen these steps often overlooked and creates challenges for retailers at handover stage.
1) Is the site right for your needs?
While undertaking a review of potential sites for your business, ensure you are considering key questions in your search, such as:
– Is the site fit for purpose?
– Are there any building challenges that prevent bringing your plans to life?
– Do any constraints exist from the landlord?
– Any specific design guidelines that are required?
A full understanding of the site being leased is essential – beyond just the location.
These are essential documents required prior to trading. All certifications have to be lodged with approved certifiers and could include:
– Building approvals
– Engineering drawings
– Specific council certifications
– Other Safety Requirements
Failure to comply with requirements can prevent your store from trading on time
3) Approval of drawings
Knowing what you are signing and approving is critical. Ideally this will happen in stages
– A layout and sketch as a general guide to expectations
– A 3D render to visualise a more realistic view of the plans
– Detailed drawings to specifications, working requirements and defined measurements
At each stage always consider customer and operational flow. These drawings enable commercial success for your business
4) Be clear on costs – what is included and excluded?
Understanding costs is absolutely essential. If you are comparing costs from multiple suppliers, ensure you are comparing like for like.
– Some suppliers may exclude many of the core requirements,
– Other suppliers who understand retail will include all the specifics. They will provide a comprehensive cost for all requirements for your store to be fully ready to trade.
Get clarity – remember, a higher cost may have factored everything in so there are no surprises along your shop fit journey.
5) Final Approvals
Approvals come in many forms and often beyond just you. Again, a number of layers exist
– The client approval of both drawings and costs. Include all key stakeholders within the business for approvals to prevent changes being made.
– Landlords approval including all tenancy managers and design managers
– Other approvals including building approvals, council approvals etc which may be specific to your industry.
Final approval documentation is critical and may often need referring back to in the building process.