TENANT FIT-OUT ITEM
Awnings increase retailers’ visibility along and across a street and can also serve to define entries, outdoor seating areas, and retail space generally. Each retailer should design and choose their own awning, as this maximizes variety in a streetscape and allows the retailers’ personalities to show through. If a landlord chooses to provide a set of guidelines with regard to color or material, any text displaying the retailer’s name should remain consistent with the retailer’s brand and should not be the same across all premises.
MAINTAIN UNIFORM HEIGHT ACROSS ENTIRE FACADE
Create an awning band above the storefront to create visual consistency, with a uniform profile, projection, and height.
Clearly define who is responsible for maintenance of any awnings in a lease agreement.
Include provisions for the support of retractable awnings into the design of the building itself. These retractable awnings would typically be integrated into the design of a space intended for a food and beverage operator with intentions of outdoor seating.