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What a retail architect really does.

The "Retail Store Prototype"  is a free publication telling what a retail architect really does.It is probably safe to say that many people know little, if anything, about what  a retail architect actually does. How, then, can one benefit from an architect’s, or other design professional’s, services when faced with planning a new store? We have found that the most successful projects happen when our clients have a clear understanding of the architectural and store planning process. To that end, we are introducing the following free publications:

“From Idea to Bricks & Mortar Store – The Retail Store Prototype: What is it and why do it?”

This is a 50 minute power point presentation, so allow enough time, or start and stop as time permits. Also, a transcript is provided if you prefer. A comprehensive view of the architectural process required to build a new retail store is first outlined, and then related to the business plan. It has valuable information for anyone seriously considering opening or expanding a retail store.

“Seven Mistakes Expanding or Startup Retailers Make When Building a New Store”

This is a one page document that outlines major catch points that can cost new or expanding retailers time, money or both. It is a good quick reference for any startup or newly expanding retailer with a building project somewhere in their future.

Please select the link to receive these “must read” free publications, especially directed towards expanding or startup retailers.

Bridget Gaddis, is a Licensed Architect and LEED-accredited Professional practicing nationally, and locally in the Washington DC area. She holds professional degrees in both Architecture and Interior Design, and with a comprehensive background in commercial retail design, planning and construction has completed projects for such for such well known brands as Chloe, Zegna, and Bvlgari. Her career began in tenant coordination and site planning for two well-known Cleveland developers, followed by six years in store planning for a national retailer. After a move to New York City in 1997, she spent the next years working for architecture firms specializing in retail projects. In 2011 she started her own practice in Alexandria, VA. Ms. Gaddis is the author of two blogs dealing with architectural subjects.

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