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9 Keys to Building a Reliable Commercial Construction Subcontractor Network

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 19:21:58 +0000

Building a Reliable Commercial Construction Subcontractor Network

As anyone in the commercial construction industry knows, reliable, responsive, and skilled subcontractors are the lifeblood of our business.  Your reputation and finished product as a national general contractor are only as good as the performance of your local subcontractor partners.That’s why Englewood's leadership team has prioritized building, vetting, and nurturing a 20,000+ tier-one network of experienced and project-tested […]

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Commercial Construction Strategies: Flagship Stores to Footprint Expansion

Mon, 13 Nov 2023 15:22:52 +0000

Commercial Contruction Flagship stores American Girl

Over the last few years, Englewood Construction has been involved in several flagship store and brand expansion projects with our national retail, fitness, and restaurant clients.  These types of commercial construction projects are very important to the growth of their brands and offer many opportunities for our national contracting team to apply our experience and […]

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Commercial Construction Strategies: Adaptive Reuse for Big Box Retail

Wed, 20 Sep 2023 15:03:18 +0000

Commercial Construction Strategies Adaptive Reuse for Big Box Retail

When most people hear the term adaptive reuse in commercial construction, they immediately think of repurposing a historical building like an old warehouse or industrial space or a building like Chicago’s Old Post Office into something new and useful.  As a national construction contractor, the Englewood Commercial Construction team has been involved in multiple adaptive reuse […]

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Managing Commercial Construction Lead Times

Wed, 09 Aug 2023 15:06:42 +0000

Managing Commercial Construction Lead Times

As anyone who works in the commercial construction business knows, timing is everything. Inefficient sequencing of materials and equipment can have a significant impact on both time and money. Business as usual, is out the door as the supply chain has continued to provide challenges.  For example, Roofing HVAC used to be 12-`14 weeks out […]

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Commercial Construction Strategies: Brand vs. Performance Specs

Fri, 30 Jun 2023 13:07:50 +0000

Commercial Construction Brand versus Performance Specs

It looks like there may be light at the end of the commercial construction tunnel. Driven by pent-up demand and the need to expand and grow, our national restaurant, service retail, and hospitality clients are building again to increase revenues. The headwinds of supply chain disruption, higher material costs, and personnel shortages are beginning to subside. Also, while […]

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Challenges & Opportunities in Commercial Construction

Mon, 24 Apr 2023 19:42:24 +0000

Englewood Construction Chicago

As a National General Contractor working across multiple verticals in the commercial construction space, we understand the challenges (COVID and Supply Chain) facing our retail, restaurant, hospitality, and senior housing clients. But we’ve also experienced a strong will to solve problems, adapt smarter ways of working, and find new opportunities. Here are just a few […]

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Commercial Construction Adaptive Reuse: Reimagining Space

Tue, 21 Mar 2023 13:42:24 +0000

Adaptive Reuse in commercial construction is nothing new. For years, smart Real Estate Developers and property owners have been repurposing everything from old warehouses and industrial properties to shopping malls, hospitals, and historical buildings into creative mixed-use residential and commercial spaces. Two recent examples in Chicago are the Green Exchange and the Regal Mile Movie Studio Complex: […]

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3 Keys to Senior Housing Renovation Construction

Tue, 14 Feb 2023 03:51:59 +0000

3. Take extra steps to keep residents happy and safe when renovating an occupied senior community.  There are always special considerations for a construction project in a facility that is open for business, and that is especially true with a senior housing community that residents consider their home. Not only is it critical to ensure all the appropriate construction safety precautions are in place to protect residents and their guests from any hazards associated with work taking place, but it is also imperative to schedule considerate construction work hours and follow strict daily cleanup procedures. Communication is also extremely important in this setting, so we carefully choose our project superintendents for senior community projects. Residents are naturally interested in the work taking place, so the construction team needs to be ready to field questions and interact with residents in a way that will make the project a positive experience for everyone.  Autumn green: The Autumn Green – Wright Campus in Chicago, Illinois, offers its residents a prairie-style design campus lifestyle, including games rooms, restaurant-style dining, salons, and more. Englewood provided Construction Management and Pre-construction Services

With Baby Boomers aging, it is no surprise that Senior Housing construction and renovation are… well…BOOMING.  In recent years, we’ve been working with Senior Housing developers and operators to update existing facilities, add new amenities, and retool common areas to be more competitive with new-construction senior housing options. In addition, many national senior housing operators are in “acquisition” mode […]

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Commercial Construction 2023 Trends and Lessons Learned

Tue, 17 Jan 2023 16:07:29 +0000

Commercial Construction Trends - Englewood Construction

If there were one word that summed up our experience from 2022 and our approach to the year ahead, it would flexibility. You succeed in a challenging environment by being adaptable to change, open-minded to new ideas, and focused on solutions.   As we mentioned in previous posts, last year presented various challenges for the commercial […]

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Cannabis Retail Construction: How to Navigate the Green Rush

Mon, 17 Oct 2022 17:07:32 +0000

Cannabis Retail Construction

Between 2018 and 2022, Englewood’s national construction work in the cannabis retail industry grew by 100% and we expect that trajectory to continue as more states legalize recreational marijuana use and cannabis firms expand into new markets. Like any CRE sector, the cannabis industry comes with its own set of nuances for planning and executing […]

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Realistic Solutions for Breaking the Commercial Construction Backlog

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:25:11 +0000

breaking the construction backlog

Addressing Commercial Construction Supply Chain and Labor Issues It’s summertime, and the commercial construction season is “heating up.” The Englewood management team senses real momentum in the market: Our clients are active and back in the field addressing the backlog of projects that have been on hold. And we are making good things happen for […]

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3 Critical Questions to Ask Before Starting an Adaptive Reuse Commercial Construction Project

Sat, 16 Jul 2022 18:33:54 +0000

Englewood Construction Headquarters

This column from Chuck Taylor, Englewood Construction’s director of operations, was originally published by GlobeSt.com. An adaptive reuse construction project, such as the conversion of this former grocery store into Englewood’s headquarters in Lemont, Ill., involves extra planning and special considerations. While it’s always thrilling to create a new building, some of the most rewarding […]

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How to Keep Residents Happy During a Senior Housing Community Renovation

Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:27:55 +0000

Last month, I had the opportunity to check in with an Illinois Real Estate Journal reporter for a feature on the latest trends in senior housing. It’s an extremely timely topic for commercial construction firms since, as we noted in our post last year on Commercial Construction Trends and Predictions for 2022, senior housing construction […]

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Snapshots from the Construction Site

Thu, 21 Apr 2022 15:08:50 +0000

Commercial Construction is beginning to take off. Take a look at some projects we are kicking off or just finished. Olive Garden, Delafield, WI One sector of Englewood Construction’s disciplines hit the hardest during the pandemic was the restaurant and food service industry. We are so fortunate to have so many restaurants under way nationally with […]

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Operational Resilience: Pivoting During the Construction Disruption

Fri, 11 Mar 2022 19:44:35 +0000

Everyone in the commercial construction industry understands the pandemic’s disruptive impact on market certainty, labor, and of course, the much written about supply chain. We all have stories about projects getting canceled, put on hold, or started in fits and bits due to these ongoing challenges. While we didn’t have a crystal ball in 2020, […]

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3 Tips On How To Find The Perfect Commercial Construction Contractor… And Be A Great Construction Client

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:33:41 +0000

Flemings Steakhouse Pasadena California

Earlier this spring, I had the opportunity to talk with Restaurant Development + Design Magazine for an article on “How to Find the Perfect Construction Partner” that just published in the July/August issue. The final piece is a great resource that’s relevant to pretty much every commercial real estate sector – not just restaurant development […]

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3 Reasons Your Commercial Contractor Should Be Your First Call When The Unexpected Strikes

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 19:28:03 +0000

Boarded up store

For anyone that owns or operates a commercial property, there are bound to be unanticipated repairs or surprise construction issues that pop up. But every once in a while, the truly unexpected strikes. And so far in 2020, we’ve already experienced two nationwide instances where CRE owners are dealing with situations they probably never imagined. […]

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Prepping For Reentry: 8 Facility Maintenance Steps For Reopening Commercial Properties

Wed, 27 May 2020 17:05:54 +0000

Chris and Chuck reviewing electrical panel

A version of this post was published in Illinois Real Estate Journal as a bylined article from Englewood Construction. According to Englewood Construction, prepping commercial facilities to reopen should include reviewing mechanical systems and rescheduling missed preventative maintenance appointments (*photo taken pre-pandemic). Across the country, states are in various phases of reentry and preparing their […]

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The New Normal: Commercial Construction Continues in Unprecedented COVID-19 Times

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:59:42 +0000

Englewood commercial construction

This is undoubtedly an unprecedented time in our country as efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) are impacting all of us on both personal and professional levels. We are in uncharted territory, but amid this “new normal” Englewood Construction remains open and committed to serving our clients — while also following guidelines […]

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Shopping Mall Development Trends: Are Ghost Kitchens the Answer for Vacant Mall Space?

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 20:49:08 +0000

Englewood Commercial Kitchen

CRE developers and owners are continuing to think creatively about filling vacant shopping mall space, and recently the idea of bringing in “ghost kitchens” to fill obsolete retail square footage has started to gain traction. The Wall Street Journal recently covered this trend in an article noting a major mall owner is partnering with a […]

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Commercial Construction 2020 Trends: Cannabis Retail, Senior Housing and Restaurant Construction Lead the Way

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 18:33:25 +0000

englewood construction 2019 North America Design and Development Awards

It has become a bit of a tradition that we start off the year for Hard Hat Chat with a look at the commercial real estate trends we think will impact our work in the months ahead. As we kick off 2020, we have a lot of optimism about our industry and the sectors we’re […]

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Commercial Construction Industry Trends: The “Highs” and “Lows” that Shaped 2019

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 07:00:29 +0000

RECon 2019 Las Vegas cocktail party

With the countdown on to 2020 – and the start of a brand-new decade right around the corner – it’s time for our annual look back at the commercial construction industry “highs” and “lows” from 2019. From positive trends and new business opportunities to ongoing challenges that impact how we do business, here are five […]

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Flagship Store Retail Construction: 3 Reasons Brands Still Build in a Flagship Location

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 15:16:39 +0000

Spanish retailer Zara on Michigan Avenue

With our firm’s long track record in retail construction, we’ve witnessed firsthand the ebb and flow of activity across this sector over the years. So when I came across an article recently asking if  “flagship stores are losing their shine”, it gave me pause. It’s true the retail mix among flagship stores in prime locations […]

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Happy Anniversary Hard Hat Chat: Celebrating 10 Years of Commercial Construction Trends, News, Insights, and Conversations

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 19:12:36 +0000

HHC collage

In 2009, amid the business challenges of the Great Recession, our company made the decision to start a blog as an outlet to share commercial construction trends, insights, news, and observations on a variety of topics. If you had told me then that we’d still be publishing Hard Hat Chat a decade later – and […]

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Legalized Marijuana: Opportunities and Impact for Commercial Real Estate and Construction

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:16:04 +0000

Dispensary Interior Broad View

A version of this post was published in Illinois Real Estate Journal as a byline article from Englewood Construction. Earlier this summer, Englewood Construction’s home state of Illinois passed a bill making it the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Given that our firm already has experience working with […]

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What Happens in Vegas, Does not Stay in Vegas: Retail Construction Trends from ICSC RECon 2019

Mon, 03 Jun 2019 21:02:39 +0000

Last month, our Englewood Construction business development team had a great trip to Las Vegas for RECon, the global retail real estate convention hosted annually by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). It’s always valuable to attend this conference, not only as an opportunity to network with new and existing contacts, but also to gauge activity […]

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Commercial Construction Delivery Methods: 3 Times To Go With A Negotiated Bid

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 17:41:20 +0000

Any long-time readers of Hard Hat Chat have probably picked up on the fact that I’m a big fan of the negotiated bid.  Our firm takes pride in being a true partner to our clients, and we believe a great way to elevate that client relationship is to work on a negotiated basis – a […]

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Customer Relationship Management: Why Good Relationships Are Good Business in Commercial Construction

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:15:28 +0000

Most people think of commercial construction as a physical, “bricks and sticks” industry. But if you ask me, commercial construction is first and foremost about relationships. After all, the strongest foundation you can give any commercial construction project is a solid partnership between the client and the commercial contractor. That’s why at Englewood Construction, we […]

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Commercial Construction Project Management Trends: How to Survive the Incredible Shrinking Timeline

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 18:53:32 +0000

One of the biggest challenges for commercial construction firms today is the tighter project timelines that have become the norm at every phase of a project – from shorter deadlines for submitting initial bids and budgets, to quicker resolution on addendums and change orders, to compressed schedules for construction and delivery. Today, we push to […]

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Commercial Construction Trends: Three Headlines That Won’t Die In 2019

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 18:54:02 +0000

After nearly 10 years of publishing Hard Hat Chat (more to come on our blog’s 10th anniversary later this year), we know there’s never a shortage of fresh topics and trends to discuss in the commercial construction industry. At the same time, some subjects seem to come up again and again, whether on this blog, […]

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Commercial Construction Industry Trends: Reflecting on the Highs and Lows of 2018

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 19:10:08 +0000

After a busy and eventful year in commercial construction, we always find it valuable to reflect back on the last 12 months and review the positives and negatives that impacted our business – including those that are specific to our company as well as the commercial construction industry as a whole – as we prepare […]

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4 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions for 2019

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:39:22 +0000

It has been another successful year for Englewood Construction, and with the calendar flipping over to December we’re excited to see what 2019 will bring. Here are our predictions of the four commercial construction industry trends we expect will shape our work in different sectors – and the construction landscape overall – in the year […]

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3 Secrets to Serving Up Restaurant Construction Success from a Top Restaurant Contractor

Fri, 02 Nov 2018 06:35:14 +0000

Earlier this month, the Englewood Construction team was honored to be recognized as one of the Best Restaurant Contractors in Chicago by Chicago Architects. Given how much restaurant work we do and how important those clients – from national restaurant chains and food service groups to independent eateries – are to our business, it was […]

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3 Reasons to Reach Out to Your General Contractor During the Commercial Construction Process

Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:53:23 +0000

For the most part, a commercial construction firm’s job is pretty straightforward. But because we have such a broad range of expertise and the know-how to weigh in or provide services for so many aspects of the construction process, there are times our clients don’t even realize they could and should be calling us for […]

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Commercial Construction Project Planning: 3 Warning Signs Your Budget Might Go Bust

Tue, 28 Aug 2018 15:16:55 +0000

Englewood Commercial Construction

Budget is always a major consideration for our commercial construction clients, and as a general contractor we devote significant time to the budgeting process. While we do our best to provide budget estimates that are as accurate as possible, there are inevitably times when projects bids come in higher than the client expected, or that […]

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4 Commercial Construction Trends for Restaurant and Food Service Projects

Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:58:01 +0000

US-Foods-Test-Kitchen Commercial Construction Blog

It’s already been a busy year for Englewood’s Restaurant Construction division, with a wide variety of projects ranging from ground-up new construction and interior renovations to commercial kitchen work. As such, here are four commercial construction trends our team has observed and anticipates we’ll see shaping more restaurant and food service construction projects in the […]

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American Girl’s New York City Flagship Store: An Englewood Construction Retail Showcase

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 19:00:09 +0000

Earlier this year, one of our favorite clients, American Girl, announced plans to take its brand on the road via an American Girl musical debuting with a nationwide tour this fall. At Englewood Construction, we’re proud to say we’ve already been “on tour” with American Girl for the last 10 years, working with the popular […]

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Viva Las Vegas: CRE and Retail Construction Insights and Trends from ICSC RECon

Thu, 31 May 2018 17:25:40 +0000

Earlier this month, the Englewood team headed to Las Vegas for RECon, the global retail real estate convention hosted annually by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Attending this major event is always a terrific opportunity for us as a national commercial construction firm to meet with our national retail developer clients, network with […]

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Facility Management & Maintenance: 5 Reasons to Partner with your Commercial General Contractor

Tue, 01 May 2018 08:00:26 +0000

One of the things we’ve been most proud of at Englewood Construction over the last several years is the growth of our Facilities Management Group. This division started as a way for us to extend our relationship with clients to include planned, preventative and emergency commercial facility maintenance; while it certainly wasn’t typical, then or […]

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Trending: The Rise of Prefab and Modular Commercial Construction Techniques

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:49:17 +0000

Englewood_Farm-and-Fleet

Something we’re hearing a lot about in our industry right now is the growing trend and popularity of prefab and modular commercial construction solutions. Much of this conversation is driven by the fact that in a business where actual building techniques haven’t changed much in decades, there’s a real hunger for new strategies to improve […]

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3 Construction Strategies for Senior Community Housing Renovation Projects

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 18:01:21 +0000

Senior Living Commercial Construction

As noted in January’s Hard Hat Chat post about commercial real estate trends shaping Englewood’s work in the year ahead, we expect 2018 will maintain the same strong momentum we’ve recently experienced working with owners and operators to update existing senior communities. What’s driving the uptick in renovation and remodeling activity in this sector? For […]

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4 Commercial Construction Trends and Predictions for 2018

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:18:05 +0000

Happy New Year to all of our Hard Hat Chat readers! As we flip the calendar over to 2018 this month, it’s a great time to share some of the commercial construction trends we predict will shape our work in the year ahead. #1: Grocery Sector Ripe for Change The grocery sector has been keeping […]

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Commercial Construction Trends: Highs and Lows of 2017

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 18:50:20 +0000

Commercial Construction Trends: Highs and Lows of 2017

As we close in on the final days of 2017, it’s time once again for our annual commercial construction blog post reflecting back on the positives – and the negatives – that have impacted our business and the industry as a whole over the last 12 months. Here’s a rundown of our top commercial construction […]

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CRE Construction Project Site Selection: 3 Tips for Finding the Perfect Match

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:32:39 +0000

Shopping Centers

When it comes to choosing a site for a commercial construction or CRE project, finding the perfect match between a brand or concept and an available space is one of the most important steps in the planning process. And for business owners and developers looking for guidance as they vet different options, there’s no better […]

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Emergency Commercial Facility Disaster Planning: 3 Takeaways from Recent Hurricanes

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:56:32 +0000

Standing water and mildew

Earlier this fall, the entire country watched as hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused widespread destruction across Texas, Florida, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. As I followed the media coverage leading up to and following these storms, my thoughts of course turned to the rebuilding process and post-hurricane construction work ahead for these communities. As […]

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3 Secrets to Successful Landmark-Status Building Construction Projects

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:05:59 +0000

Commercial Constructions

When I think back on the most interesting construction projects and challenges I’ve handled in my career as a national commercial contractor, without a doubt some of the most memorable have been in landmark-status buildings. In fact, we’re in the middle of one of those projects right now as Englewood Construction relocates American Girl’s flagship […]

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How to Avoid 3 Common Commercial Construction Scheduling Delays

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:42:43 +0000

Commercial Construction Schedules

Compared with a few short years ago, commercial construction moves at an incredibly fast pace today. Due to a variety of factors – from smaller profit margins following the economic downturn, to the sense of immediacy that’s so pervasive in the modern business world – everyone from our clients on down to our subcontractors are […]

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Appetite For Growth: New Store Construction and Renovation Tips For Expanding Grocery Brands

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:10:32 +0000

Grocery Mrs Greens

It’s been a busy year in the grocery business, with major brands announcing store expansion and renovation plans, new concepts entering the market, and big deals such as Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods spurring speculation about the future of the industry. With so much activity in the sector related to new store expansion, scouting new […]

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New Ideas for Old Shopping Malls: 3 Ways Retail Developers are Remixing the Shopping Center Experience

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:30:21 +0000

New commercial construction ideas for retail

Coming out of the International Council of Shopping Centers’ RECon convention in Las Vegas last month, there’s been a lot of conversation in the media around the future of retail development. One topic I find particularly interesting is the discussion on different ways developers are reimagining existing shopping centers, especially in the wake of shifting […]

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Commercial Construction Labor Trends & Hiring Strategies: Why Young Hires are Good Business for General Contractors

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:14:36 +0000

Englewood Farm Team

If you’re like me, your social media feed this month is filled with photos of happy graduates celebrating commencement and getting ready to begin the next chapter of their lives. Hopefully, we’ll see some of those fresh young graduates heading toward a career in commercial construction. Part of the reason I say this is the […]

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