Retail Category Archive

What Custom Design Means for a Modular Build

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The popularity of modular construction continues to expand to new markets and disciplines, and in turn, what’s attainable from a design standpoint continues to stretch to new limits. While the traditional corrugated exterior is still a popular option, we’ve re-imagined what’s possible with modular construction with a focus on customization and design.  When planning for […]

Q&A with Project and Architectural Design Manager, Don Elliott

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With three decades in the architectural profession, including 19 years with an award-winning global architectural and planning firm, Don Elliott AIA, LEED AP brings a seasoned knowledge of building design and construction to Boxman Studios. Since joining the team in the Spring of 2019 as a project and architectural design manager, he’s brought his expertise […]

Planning a New Direction

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When “Plan A” becomes “Plan B” and evolves into “Plan C” or “D,” inspiration and creativity can feel roadblocked. However, plans can grow stronger as they develop, and these uncertain times present an opportunity to pause, collaborate and consider your modular build plan and how it fits into your brand’s long-term goals. When budgets get […]

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 […]