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Lead times for typical stores
Programme factorNumber of weeks
Design / procurement8-16 (overlap)
Manufacture / production12-16 (overlap with installation)
A fashion store of a 8,000ft2 sales area: 
Design / procurement6-12 (overlapping)
Manufacture / production8-12 (overlapping with installation)
A convenience store of 2,000ft2 sales area: 
Design / procurement4-8 (overlap)
Manufacture / production4-6 (overlap with installation)
A food store of 30,000ft2 sales area: 
Design / procurement8-12 (overlap)
Manufacture / production8-12 (overlap with installation)
Typical costs for a range of store types (£/m² gross floor area)
 Department storeFashion(low-med)Fashion(high-end)Fashion(high-end boutique)Food
Fit-out building works7745313,3572,690565
Furniture and equipment3123731,096497610
Preliminaries and OHP1531351,345769225
Preliminaries and OHP1,2391,0395,7983,9561,400
Sales area (% of gross)6782757564
m² (gross)11,1482,59880607303
The costs exclude shell-and-core alterations as this report is focused on fit-out works. The cost of direct supply items, such as visual merchandise, tills and telephones, are excluded as price varies depending on the retailer. Some procure these items in bulk, usually with large discounts and issue them to their contractors for installation; others prefer to buy through their contractors. The figures also exclude lifts and escalators (with the exception of department stores) and fees.
Store fit-out costs for units in a new shopping mall
Shop unit type£/m2
Gifts, books and cards1,183
Electrical and communication838
Health and beauty928
Restaurants and cafes1,419
Shoes and accessories1,440
Sports and outdoors1,152
The fit-out costs exclude merchandising systems, IT installations, specialist installations and back-of-house equipment. The analysis was based on a fire insurance valuation for the shop units on a shopping mall in the UK.