Leasing to a Pop-Up Shop? Watch for Hidden Risks

Once confined to Halloween and holiday fare, pop-up stores have proliferated, selling everything from fine silk to skater gear. For retailers, pop-ups can be a way to move from online to a brick-and-mortar presence, generate buzz for a new or growing product line, or move large quantities of inventory.

If you own or manage commercial real estate, pop-up shops can make good business sense for your firm, too. Need to fill vacant space and bring in revenue at the same time? Want to draw more people in with popular products? Looking for potential leads to long-term leases? Pop-ups might be the answer.

But before you sign that next short-term lease, consider the potential downsides. New pop-ups can introduce unanticipated risks that the space may not have been designed to address.
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Beyond the Buzz: Assessing Pop-Up Risks

A Cheetos-themed restaurant. A St. Ives skin care product mixing bar. A Metallica gear shop. Pop-up stores have come a long way.

If you’re looking to move from online to a physical location, generate more buzz for your brand, or create an immersive customer experience, you’re likely considering a pop-up shop.
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Will Your Building’s Roof Stand Up to Snow and Ice?

Although falling snow can make for a peaceful and picturesque scene, commercial building owners and managers have to guard against much harsher possibilities: snow-induced roof leaks or, in the most severe cases, building collapse. Careful roof inspections and routine maintenance … Continue reading

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Creating a Snow Removal Plan: The Essential Elements

Argos, Blanche and Caly, the first named winter storms of the season, are sending a clear warning to property owners and managers: Time to dust off the snow removal plan. If you are responsible for your organization’s snow removal planning, taking … Continue reading

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Contracts: An Underappreciated Snow Removal Tool

Winter is coming, and with it comes snow: beautiful to some, but a potential liability to others. For building owners and property managers, snow means constant vigilance to prevent falls and other snow-related accidents. These injuries can pose significant liability. … Continue reading

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Winter is Coming. Is Your Boiler Ready?

Boiler Inspections, Testing and Maintenance Before Winter Startup Boilers are workhorses for building heating systems – and put to the test during the winter months. Not only is a facility’s boiler a major investment and expensive to replace, but it … Continue reading

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Water Damage Prevention Checklist

Each year, wind and rain cause significant monetary losses to commercial properties through both direct damages to the structures and contents, as well as the interruption of business.

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Builders’ Risk: Navigating Water Damage Issues at Construction Sites

When it comes to a construction project, a slow leak can be just as damaging to a contractor’s bottom line as a sudden flood. With builders’ risk insurance, the origin and cause of water damage can make all the difference in … Continue reading

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Solar Safety: Your Best Defenses Against Fire Damage

Whether you’re about to go solar or have panels already installed, you have more control over safety than you think. Lured by government incentives, revenue generation potential, lower costs, and the ability to be reduce their firm’s carbon footprint, more … Continue reading

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Caring For Collections in Storage

Most institutions trust at least a portion of their stored items to the care of a third party, which can introduce a number of potential issues that must be addressed before items can be placed into storage. Continue reading

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