Before you start searching for a business space, SMAG has to give you a clear picture of what you must have, what you would like to have, what you absolutely will not tolerate and how much you are able to pay. Developing that picture can be a time-consuming process that is both exciting and tedious, but it is essential you give it the attention it deserves.
Shopping Centers are distinctly different from downtown and local business strips.
The Shopping Center building is pre-planned as a merchandising unit for interplay among tenants. Its site is deliberately selected by the developer for easy access to pull customers from a trade area. It has on-site parking as a common feature of the layout. The amount of parking space is directly related to the retail area. Customers like the shopping center's convenience. They drive in, park and walk to their destination in relative safety and speed. Some shopping centers provide weather protection, and most provide an atmosphere created for shopping comfort. For the customer, the shopping center has great appeal.
While many startup mistakes can be corrected later on, a poor choice of location is sometimes impossible to repair.