How to Find the Best Place for a Retail Business

Location is incredibly important when it comes to retail success. This is because no matter how great your products are, if you can’t get a lot of people into your store, you are unlikely to make high volumes of sales. Of course, high volumes of sales are what cause a retail store to experience success. So, here are some of the top things to consider when selecting a location for your retail business.

1. Traffic

This includes both foot traffic, and car traffic. Both types of traffic are important for optimizing the number of people who will walk through your retail store doors. So, you want to look for areas that are close to major roads or highways with lots of cars, and that are also near places where people walk around a lot. This can include downtown areas of cities, near shopping malls, etc.

2. Rent Price

You have to make sure that you get a space that has rent that you can actually afford. Otherwise, you could soon find yourself struggling to pay rent in addition to payroll, utility, and inventory costs. Rent will most likely be highest near the most desirable locations. If you can afford to pay high rent, then selecting the most desirable locations is alright. However, if you can’t, then it may be worthwhile to look for a slightly cheaper option.

3. Proximity to other businesses

It may seem counterintuitive to look for retail locations that are near your competitors. However, there are several reasons why doing this can actually be very smart. First, you and your competitors will most likely have a similar base, and there is a good chance that your competitors have already spent a lot of money on advertising to try to drive traffic to the area. Second, if you are very close to your competitors, you can capitalize on their overflow.


Choosing a retail location is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make for your retail business. So, you should really consider factors such as those mentioned in this article to optimize your chances of choosing a great location. A great location can make a retail business. So, keep that in mind.

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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