US Framing is recognized as the nation’s leader in wood framing and have worked with a variety of retail developers. Our wood framing specialists can provide excellent services throughout the pre-design and construction phases. When you work with US Framing, you can be sure that we will work with your architects, structural engineers, general contractors, environmental consultants, and subcontractors to ensure the success of your retail development project.

Understanding the Retail Market

Retail buildings in the United States typically house retailers and restaurant businesses that people frequent. These commercial properties can be standalone, single-use, or multi-tenanted buildings. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target are several examples of single-tenanted buildings. Drug stores, restaurants, and banks can be pad sites, which mean single-tenanted buildings within a shopping center.

Below is a detailed overview of the most common types of retail properties:

  • Malls: These properties are the backbone of the retail landscape and are typically enclosed buildings. Malls often consist of movie theaters, department stores, apparel stores, full-service restaurants, food courts, and more.
  • Convenience Centers: These properties typically do not exceed 30,000 square feet and are occupied by convenience-based retailers like drug stores, nail salons, dry cleaners, and other businesses that provide quick services.
  • Neighborhood Centers: Also known as grocery-anchored properties, neighborhood centers can be as large as 125,000 square feet.
  • Community Centers: Most individuals refer to it as a strip mall. These centers can range between 125,000 and 400,000 square feet.
  • Power Centers: These properties are usually the home of big-box stores, such as large specialty chains, home-improvement retailers, and discounters.
  • Factory Outlets: These properties run up to 400,000 square feet and normally house outlet stores that sell mid-priced to luxury goods.
  • Lifestyle Centers: These properties range between 150,000 and 500,000 square feet. In addition, they may offer full-service-dining options or an upscale in-line tenant lineup. These buildings are easily recognizable as they are essentially malls without roofs.

Benefits of Wood Framing for Retail Development Projects

A wood framed retail building can help spread the message throughout the community that your development is passionate about preserving the environment. Due to the tree’s natural ability to absorb carbon dioxide, the timber used to construct your property can retain most of the carbon that motor vehicles produce in five years on average. Wood can help enhance the aesthetics of a retail building. For example, certain wooden beams can be left exposed when erecting the wood frame. This can offer the retail development a unique look both on the inside and outside.

Why should Retail Developers Work with US Framing?

Before erecting the wood frame of our client’s retail development, our team uses intelligent Building Information Modeling software to finalize the design. This process ensures that we always start our retail wood framing projects correctly and eliminate costly mistakes down the road. You will be pleased to know that US Framing is an easy team to work with and our wood framing services are available at competitive rates.

If you are looking to hire a trusted wood framing subcontractor who specializes in retail development projects, do not hesitate to contact us today.

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