Successful site selection begins with the basics - traffic flow, market analysis, property size, and zoning restrictions, among other factors. However, site selection considerations for a restaurant differ widely from those for warehouse properties. Learn the basics, and then venture into site selection for office, retail, restaurant, hotel, and warehouse properties.
NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require a password.
Site Selection Basics
How to Find The Best Location to Start a Business (Forbes, Mar. 8, 2019)
Choosing a Successful Location for Your Business (NOLO, 2019)
How to Find a Location for Your Business: 12 Key Considerations (The Balance Small Business, Dec. 15, 2018)
Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) for Business Site Selection (AIP Conference Proceedings 2016, Sep. 27, 2018)
Find a Location (United States Census Bureau)
Pick Your Business Location (U.S. Small Business Administration)
Decision Making in Location Selection: An Integrated Approach with Clustering and TOPSIS (IUP Journal of Operations Management, Feb. 2012) E
Location Intelligence: An Innovative Approach to Business Location Decision-making (Transactions in GIS, June 2011) E
Site Selection for Office & Retail Properties
How to Choose the Perfect Location for Your Retail Business (Score, Apr. 17, 2019)
10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Location for Your Business (Entrepreneur, Mar. 25, 2019)
Inventive Site Selection and Development Best Practices (Shopping Center Business, Jan. 28, 2016)
A Multiple-Attribute Decision Model for Retail Store Location (Southern Business Review, Summer 2012) E
Site Selection for Restaurants & Hospitality Properties
Why Second-Generation Real Estate is Becoming First Pick (Modern Restaurant Management, Aug. 19, 2019)
Site Selection Secrets for Restaurant Tenants (Modern Restaurant Management, Jan. 14, 2019)
Tips on Where to Locate Your Restaurant (The Balance Small Business, Mar. 24, 2018)
Site Selection Secrets for Restaurant Tenants (Fast Casual, May 4, 2016)
Site Selection for Warehouse Facilities & Labs
Plot Plan Design: Process Requirements (Chemical Engineering, Jan 2015) E
eBooks & Other Resources
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Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.
Resort Development (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2008) NAC 1800 Ur1rd1
Developing Active Adult Retirement Communities (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2001) NAC 1800 Ur1sd
Developing Retail Entertainment Destinations (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2001) NAC 1800 Ur1dr
Developing Sports, Convention, and Performing Arts Centers (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2001) NAC 6880 Ur1d
Multifamily Housing Development Handbook (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2000) HD 1377 Ur1mh
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