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Developers Should Know These Four Foundational Beliefs that Drive Third Placemaking

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To start, Third Placemaking is a concept we’ve developed at Boxman Studios to codify how spaces can be designed for both commerce and community building. The term is a meeting point between a marketing concept: Third Place, and an architectural concept: Placemaking. Third place is a marketing theory that suggests people spend most of their […]

You Want to Use a Pop Up for Market Testing- Here’s Why

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Market testing is the process that a business uses to test a product or service in a new market. Usually, that means a new location. Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking to get your idea off the ground, or an established brand expanding into new markets, there are big financial risks associated with growth. Market testing […]

Three Ways to Turn Your Vacant Parking Lot into a Cash Cow

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Parking lots are a problem for retail developers, anchor tenants, and parking management companies. The overarching challenge is ultimately, there are too many parking spots and many of them are rarely (if ever) used. In urban centers and downtown areas parking can consume up to 14% of incorporated land. The reason for this is twofold. […]

A Business Case for Shipping Container Convenience Stores  

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Overview  Convenience stores are small retail businesses, typically found off major highways and connected to fueling stations. Fuel is an important component of the convenience store business model, but you might be surprised to learn that these stores rarely turn a profit on petrol sales alone. Convenience stores sell nearly 80% of the fuel purchased in the […]

How Coopers Ferry Engineers Inclusive Prosperity in Camden

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About Coopers Ferry Partnership  Coopers Ferry Partnership (CFP) is a leading organization focused on redeveloping the Camden, NJ waterfront and revitalizing the city’s downtown area. For over 30 years, CFP has been facilitating the revival of the City of Camden by creating environments where people want to live, work, visit, study, and invest.  The group supports Camden in its pursuit of an established economic base. Most importantly, they help Camden develop the city’s […]

What is a Pop Up Shop?

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Pops up shops, in short, are temporary retail stores. Pop ups are named to emphasize their unexpected arrival and departure from a location, and that’s their greatest appeal. They have the uncanny ability to invigorate the energy around a brand, a product, a retail destination, or a special date. When they’re managed well, and designed […]

The 9 Hottest Shipping Container Business Ideas for 2019

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Mobile Restaurant Shipping containers give restaurants something they never had before, a building they can move. Typically, when someone wants to start a new restaurant or change locations, the owner would need to find a new location to either lease or buy the new space. Then, they invest thousands in renovating the space and customizing […]

How Mixed-Use Developers Save Money on Container Parks

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They use similar designs for different tenants. A common mistake in the construction process is that design requirements aren’t considered independently, but rather as one piece of the entire build. When we talk about costs, we break them down into fixed costs and variable costs. Fixed costs are the costs you pay regardless of how […]

Did Facebook Just Save Virtual Reality?

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If you haven’t noticed it yet, you will soon. Facebook has just released 3D image capabilities to all users. The feature adds a layer of depth to photos as you scroll through your newsfeed. The company has proposed 3D photos as a new way to share your memories with a fun, lifelike dimension. In essence, the photos change perspective in response to your movements, […]

Three Ways Shipping Containers Add Value to Commercial Real Estate

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If you’ve seen our work with Sparkman Wharf, you’ve already seen the incredible impact that shipping containers can have on a real estate developer’s portfolio. Not only are these structures delivered faster than traditional construction methods and built to be mobile, but they also help you add and build value in your portfolio. We propose […]