5 Keys of White Box Construction to Attract a Franchise
By Kiar Olson
Construction DesignWorks, Inc. Specializes in Franchise Construction
KANSAS CITY, MO- Are you a commercial real estate broker, building owner or property manager? Then you probably like the idea of a franchise as a tenant. “A franchise brings a proven track record and increases traffic to your retail center,” says Scott Hamele, President of Construction DesignWorks, Inc. a firm that excels in franchise construction, “There are simple things that can be done to attract a franchise to your building.”
During the construction process of a white box construction, it would be prudent to increase the electrical service to meet potential minimum standards of a future franchise. Most retail franchise tenants would be satisfied with 100 amp for every 1000 square feet. However coffee shops, and tanning salons are among several types of businesses that may require as much as 200 – 400 amps for 1000 square feet of floor space. This increase in amperage would also provide the electrical demand for additional air conditioning for these types of businesses.
Water main tap fees vary throughout the United States and can dissuade a building owner from installing a very large water main. However, this could be detrimental for attracting potential franchises. Even a doughnut shop can require up to a 1-1/4” water main. This could double the tap fee of a 1”, but might be worth it.
Most retail centers include only one sanitary sewer line that runs along the back 25% of the building. Numerous franchise floor plans require restrooms to be located towards the front of the space. So it might be worth installing a second sewer line in your white box finish that would cover this portion of the front space and avoid costly line extensions in the future.
Most food service businesses require a grease trap. Depending on the lot layout and rear and side access to the building, installing the grease trap and tank after the building has been constructed poses numerous challenges. Installing a community or individual grease trap or tank could double the likelihood of attracting a food service franchise.
Most food service franchises require additional gas service versus the typical retail store. Providing adequate gas service is important to accommodate this type of tenant. Either a larger volume or high pressure gas service will be required . Do your research ahead of time and install for the future needs of food service tenants.
Franchise Construction requires a specialized type of project management. These specialized services include experience working with franchise construction standards, furniture fixtures and equipment (FFE) packages, schedules, procurement and countless details that are specific to franchise projects.
Construction DesignWorks uses its hands-on approach and design expertise for to create and build professional interior spaces specialized for each customer using the design-build method. Their complete turnkey solutions align with the unique business needs of various types of real estate. Construction DesignWorks, Inc. is located at 21961 West 83rd Street in Shawnee, Kansas. For more information about white box construction, interior commercial construction, tenant improvements and retail renovations, call (913) 745-4727 or visit their website at constructiondesignworks.com.