Chicago Retail Construction News and Trends – 2011 Updates

Commercial Construction

Now that spring is officially here, I wanted to reflect on the Chicago retail construction trends and news we’ve seen so far in 2011. The bad news is the number of Chicago general contractors bidding on jobs has increased. Chicago Suburban Shopping Centers.

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How to Win the Olympics of International Retail Construction

Commercial Construction

With the 2012 Summer Olympics right around the corner, it got me thinking that with London six hours ahead of Chicago, much of what we’ll be watching will be old news taped from earlier in the day. Japanese-based Uniqlo is also looking for the perfect space to make its debut in Chicago.

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What a Chicago 2016 Summer Olympics Means for Chicago’s Retail and Restaurant Construction Industry

Commercial Construction

There’s no doubt that local businesses will have much to celebrate if on October 2, 2009, Chicago wins the 2016 Summer Olympics bid. But just how would Chicago hosting the Olympics affect the city’s restaurant and retail construction activity ?

What Wal-Mart in Pullman Means for Chicago Retail and Restaurant Construction … and My Heart

Commercial Construction

The recent Chicago City Council approval of a second Wal-Mart in the city limits is excellent news for Chicago’s commercial construction industry. All in all, Chicago general commercial construction contractors should see an uptick in work. Unions, politics, retail construction.

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Retail Flagship Store Construction Projects: Challenges and Considerations

Commercial Construction

Flagship retail stores in busy urban shopping districts, such as this Zara location Englewood built out on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, present their own unique set of construction considerations.

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Commercial Retail Construction: How to Manage Today’s New Major Shopping Center Development

Commercial Construction

For instance, in Chicago, the Fashion Outlets of Chicago debuted on August 1 , marking the area’s first new Chicago shopping center development in 20 years. Englewood recently finished the build-out of Ports 1961 at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont.

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Commercial Construction Tips on Dividing a Retail Box into a Multi-Tenant Space

Commercial Construction

As a shopping center landlord or retail developer, you might find yourself with a big empty retail space you need fill – especially if you had Borders or Circuit City as a tenant. What was once an Ethan Allen store in Wheaton….

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Shopping Center Development Strategies: How to Win Against Online Retail

Commercial Construction

The rise of on-line shopping has been a boon to retailers, but if we are honest, it has been detrimental to commercial general construction, with the closing of many brick and mortar retail stores. Block 37 on Chicago’s State Street just announced a new AMC dine-in movie concept.

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Retail Construction Trends: Shopping Center Construction Enters Renaissance with Renovation Work

Commercial Construction

In the Chicago area alone, there are probably close to a dozen local and regional shopping malls in the middle of a shopping center renovation project, or, slated to begin one in the very near future. However, this is not just a Chicago trend.

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Retail Construction: Successful Steps in Grocery Store Redevelopment

Commercial Construction

The grocery market has been extremely hot in the Chicago area. In the depths of a historically cold Midwestern winter, one market has remained particularly hot for Chicago commercial general contractors—grocery store construction.

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Retail Construction Trends 2010 Update: Outside the Big Box

Commercial Construction

Chicago Place shopping mall retrofit. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t seeing interesting retail construction projects or innovative commercial construction retrofits, like the 23 up-and-coming new-store concepts as noted by Retail Traffic.

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Commercial Construction Predictions and Trends for 2013

Commercial Construction

Michigan Avenue in Chicago is seeing a mix of high-end retailers and value retailers, a trend that will continue in 2013 in markets across the country. This year, I wanted to use a micro example to highlight macro retail and restaurant construction trends.

FTD Companies Relocating HQ To Chicago

Business Facilities Blog

The global floral company’s headquarters relocation to Chicago is part its new strategic growth plan. Read: FTD Companies Relocating HQ To Chicago at BusinessFacilities.com.

Commercial Construction Checklist on Beating the Next Chicago Blizzard

Commercial Construction

The Chicago blizzard of 2011 is a story we’ll be talking about for generations. 3, 2011, that didn’t mean the best Chicago contractors weren’t working. After all, shopping center landlords, restaurants and retailers couldn’t afford to be closed two days in a row.

Retail Development and Construction: Getting Started

Commercial Construction

What Every Developer Should Ask General Contractors During the Retail Construction Bid Process. For my first blog post, a lot of people at Englewood Construction suggested I write about how to choose a retail construction company.

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Commercial Construction Trends: The Highs and Lows of 2016

Commercial Construction

Here’s a look at our top 2016 commercial construction “highs” and “lows”: Low: Mall Retail Tenants Choose Local over National. As a national commercial construction firm, it’s not surprising the majority of our 2016 revenue came from work outside our home market of Chicago.

2010 Commercial Construction Trends Update: Work for Niche Retail Stores

Commercial Construction

With four months under our belt, I think the time is right to revisit one of the trends I mentioned called “Back on Track” and its relevance to the retail construction industry. Where retail construction seems to fall short is for the average retail brand.

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Pop-up retail market on Chicago’s Randolph Street will be made of repurposed shipping containers

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in Chicago will be home to a 58-story mixed-use tower that will include 370 apartments and a 165-room hotel In not too long, a vacant site at 725 W. Randolph St.

The Keys to Making Big Box Retail Construction Projects Successfully Fit Smaller, Urban Footprints like CityTarget on State Street

Commercial Construction

Englewood Construction has worked on a number of Chicago retail construction projects in high-traffic urban areas, such as American Girl Place on Michigan Avenue. Is this a new retail construction trend ?

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Five Retail Construction Tips from Zara’s New Magnificent Mile Store

Commercial Construction

in Chicago. For those familiar with Chicago, you may also know this store offers a prime corner location on the city’s famed Magnificent Mile. 1. Hidden traps in retail construction approval process.

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Retail Construction: 3 Construction Cost-Savings Tips for De-malling a Shopping Mall

Commercial Construction

For those familiar with Chicago retail construction , think back a couple of years to when the dated Orland Park Place interior mall underwent construction and turned itself inside out to became one of the area’s most successful outdoor shopping centers.

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Commercial Construction Best Practices: Why one Chicago Commercial Construction Firm Melted for These Cupcakes

Commercial Construction

In fact, Chicago cupcake restaurants and food trucks are popping up all over the place. However, the best Chicago cupcakes Englewood Construction ever had were the ones from our latest Chicago education construction job.

Is the Baby Being Thrown Out with the Bathwater in Big Box Retail Construction Projects?

Commercial Construction

With the shuttering of stores like Circuit City and Linens N’ Things, big box retailers looking to gain market share certainly have their choice of vacant store locations in prime markets and shopping centers.

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Looking Back at Commercial Construction 2014 – The Year that Was

Commercial Construction

Retailer reinvention is good for commercial general contractors. Consumers came back to the market in 2014 and retailers and restaurateurs felt the benefits. Retailers were not content to simply put up new locations with old blueprints and designs.

Commercial Construction Real Estate Trends from ICSC 2014

Commercial Construction

If you are a player in the retail world, odds are you spent a few days in Las Vegas last month at ICSC’s “ Global Retail Real Estate Convention ” (RECON). It’s always an exciting event for the retail real estate industry.

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How to Choose the Best General Contractor to Partner with for your “First” Commercial Construction Project

Commercial Construction

It’s a pretty cool ground-up commercial construction project for us because not only is it the first time we’ve worked with this national retail brand, but it’s also the very first Farm & Fleet store in the Chicago area.

2014 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

Englewood Construction recently completed a Season’s 52 on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. In our own backyard, numerous Chicago mixed-use construction projects will be going up next year. According to Smith Travel Research , downtown Chicago hotel occupancy rose to 75.5

Five Predictions for Commercial Construction Trends in 2012

Commercial Construction

Value-based retailers like hhgregg, Ross Dress for Less and Savers should experience construction growth in 2012. Currently Savers has three Chicago-area locations, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see that number increase in 2012. The future home of an hhgregg in Joliet, Ill.

Tribune Tower Redevelopment Would Also Add Chicago's Second-Tallest Building

ENR Construction

Los Angeles-based CIM Group and Chicago's Golub & Co. unveiled plans this week for the redevelopment of Chicago's neo-Gothic Tribune Tower and the land surrounding it.

Understanding Today’s Separation of Landlord and Commercial Tenant Construction

Commercial Construction

While I think everyone in the retail industry likes to hear news that 2011 retail sales are up – as it usually means new retail construction projects are in the pipeline – it’s still tough for shopping center landlords to make deals work with retail tenants.

Englewood Commercial Construction News: Two of the Best Words in Business…We’re Hiring

Commercial Construction

The activity level that we saw in the fourth quarter of 2012 in new retail, restaurant and hospitality construction projects is double what we saw a year earlier. Mike is a retail and restaurant construction expert with more than 30 years of experience.

Commercial Construction CSI – How to Uncover the Demons in Your Construction Site

Commercial Construction

We were pulling a feeder cable through a Chicago retail construction project when we heard the explosion. At one point or another, even the best Chicago commercial construction contractors are susceptible to a construction site demon. KA-BOOM!

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Predictions and National Trends in Commercial Construction

Commercial Construction

Value-based retailers like hhgregg, Ross Dress for Less and Savers should experience construction growth in 2012. Currently Savers has three Chicago-area locations, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see that number increase. The future home of an hhgregg in Joliet, Ill.

Second-tallest Chicago building proposed next to Tribune Tower

Construction Dive

The 1,422-foot skyscraper would tower over the landmark building, which is set to undergo an estimated $1 billion conversion to condominium and retail space

What are Today's Best New Retail Developments? | Hard Hat Chat

Commercial Construction

Retail. What are Today’s Best New Retail Developments? With the way the commercial real estate market has been the last several years, people are looking to commercial construction experts for the best construction tips on how to proceed with a successful new retail development.

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New Retail Construction Goes for the Gold in Shopping Center Development

Commercial Construction

The same can be said for all those savvy national retailers who are currently taking advantage of the availability of prime space at regional shopping centers and decreased construction costs in order to enter high-profile markets. Retail Power Center.

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Largest Passive House office building in the U.S. will be built in Chicago’s West Loop

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Sangamon in Chicago’s West Loop will become the largest office building in the U.S. The building will offer 268,000 sf of office space and 7,800 sf of ground-floor retail. A 12-story office building planned for 310 N.

Developing Personal Relationships with Clients Should Be Par for the Course

Commercial Construction

The idea behind sponsoring the Ryder Cup was to show our enormous gratitude to the clients that partnered with a national commercial construction firm like Englewood Construction on their new retail construction projects, new restaurant remodels, shopping center landlord site prep, etc.

7 most endangered buildings in Chicago

BD+C

The Chicago Preservation Society (CPS) released its annual list of the buildings at high risk for demolition.

Commercial Construction Highs and Lows of 2011

Commercial Construction

We saw drawings for new Chicago restaurant projects, retail construction work, office renovations, school construction and learning center additions – you name it, we saw it. Developers and retailers that would normally go 2 deep in bidding went 4 deep.