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 Select​ion Basics

12 Issues to Consider When Searching a Business Location (the balance small business, Jan. 2, 2020)

Choosing a Successful Location for Your Business (NOLO, 2020)

How to Find The Best Location to Start a Business (Forbes, Mar. 8, 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)

Enabling Business with a Location Strategy (Research World, Jan. 1, 2016) E

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

Pick Your Business Location (U.S. Small Business Administration)

Site Selection for Office & Retail Properties

Anywhere from ?: COVID-19 is Disrupting Traditional Office Use and Dispersing Workers around the Country (Site Selection, Jul. 1, 2020) E

A New Model for Spatial Analysis Site Selection and Decision Making for Small Retail Facilities: A Case Study for Starbucks- Seattle (Journal of Strategic Innovation & Sustainability, Sep. 1, 2018) E

On Target: Technology and Data Illuminate the Site-Selection Process (Shopping Centers Today, Mar. 1, 2018) E

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)

Data Analysis for Location Selection (Lumen)

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

Where in America Are the Tech Firms Going and Why: An Exploratory Analysis of Site Selection Trends in the Information Technology Sector Based on Incentive Packages from 1980 to 2018 (Journal of Strategic Innovation & Sustainability, 2020) E

Plot Plan Design: Process Requirements (Chemical Engineering, Jan 2015) E

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Multifamily Housing Development: Ten Case Studies of Innovative Projects (Kindle, eBook)

The Complete Guide to Locating and Profiting from Emerging Real Estate Markets (Kindle, eBook)

The Dynamics of Property Location (eBook)

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


Urban Land Institute – ULI provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines. 

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