Fight or Flight? Well, Fight, obviously!

  1. Rob
  2. October 15, 2010 9:28 pm

So Bluewater Park was coming, and my great business and lifestyle were under threat.  The shop was pretty small – around 500 sq ft, but had a derelict flat above.  The business had already funded two property developments that I had project-managed (and achieved a decent return from), so the reaction to the impending threat of Bluewater was a bit of a no-brainer.  I would more than double the retail space, carry out a complete refurb, and enable the business to continue to grow.  And I wouldn’t need the “services” of any poncy designers, as it’s really not that difficult to design, plan and execute a retail space that really works, sourcing and managing yourself, making a saving of 40-50% on the “going rate” . A deal was negotiated with the landlord, that actually left us both happy; he had his property hugely enhanced, and I got very cheap rent for the next 5 years.  So.. it was time to get cracking, on a 9 month project to take the business to the next level.  Out with the old…..

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