Tenant Premises Brief are critical to finding your ideal premises

Successful site selection is dependent on getting your tenant premises brief right.

Tenant Premises Brief

My father is a boat builder. Getting things right was critical in boat building.

My father taught me to measure twice and cut once.

As a kid I was always in a hurry to get my hands on the saw. I often cut the plank too short because I got the measurement wrong.

Measure twice and cut once can be applied to successful site selection.


The key ingredient for retail bricks and mortar success is location.

The problem with property is that you live with your mistakes for a long time. The wrong decisions are costly and hard to undo. You can’t just get another plank off the stack, measure twice this time, and cut to the correct length.

Get the location wrong and it can cost the retailer significantly.  To change location costs time and money.

Adam was a franchisee who set up his store in the wrong location.

Adam ended up re-mortgaging his house to fund his poorly performing retail store. As you can imagine he was stressed and couldn’t see a way out.

Adam’s franchisor was frustrated and fed up with a poor performing store.

By the time I was engaged to assist Adam, his options were limited as he no longer had the financial resources to relocate his store.

I remember at the time wishing I had a time machine to travel back in time to help Adam get his site selection right so that his store could have been profitable.


The most critical step to successful site selection is getting your tenant premises brief right (measure twice) before racing off and leasing the first premises you come across (cut once).

Take the time to stop and write up your tenant premises brief. It doesn’t matter if this is your 1st, 10th or 100th premises. There are always lessons to learn from your customer diagnostic or your last premises acquisition.

Taking the time to stop and define your requirements enables you to blend the art (gut or intuitive decisions) and the science (analogue or multiple regression decisions) of site selection together.

Key questions to ask when formulating your tenant premises brief are:

  1. Who are my customers?
  2. How many customers do I need in my catchment area?
  3. Do I want to be close to or separated from my competitors?
  4. What do I need to be able to operate from a site?
  5. What can my business afford to pay?

The tenant premises brief synthesis your responses enabling you to clearly define the catchment, the location and the property specifics required for your next premises.

Once you have your tenant premises brief, the next step is to implement a robust, disciplined and systemic site selection process to source premises and utilise a site selection framework for filtering and qualifying potential premises for your retail business.


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