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.


We've 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

Quality Lease Negotiation is a 3-STEP Process, (Franchising World, July 2012) E

Tips for Choosing a Business Location, (U.S. Small Business Administration, 2011)

Choosing a Location for Your Business: There's more to consider than just cost, (About.com, 2011)

Location Decision Making: The Case of Retail Service Development in a Closed Population, (Academy of Marketing Studies Journal, 2011) E

Site Selection for Office & Retail Properties

Inventive Site Selection and Development Best Practices (Shopping Center Business, Jan. 28, 2016)

An Application of Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in a Real World Problem of Store Location Selection (Advances in Management and Applied Economics, 2015) E

A Multiple-Attribute Decision Model for Retail Store Location, (Southern Business Review, Summer 2012) E

Selecting an Office Location: A Guide to Help You Decide, (About.com, 2011)

Retail Site Selection Factors in a Post Recession Economy, (Trade & Industry Development, July 21, 2011)

Demystifying the Corporate Real Estate Process: The Retailer's Perspective, (Real Estate Issues, Spring 2010) E

Site Selection for Restaurants & Hospitality Properties

Site selection secrets for restaurant tenants (Fast Casual, May 4, 2016)

Choosing a New Restaurant Location, (Food Service Warehouse, 2011)

Real Estate Brokers Offer Vital Site-selection Skills, (Nation's Restaurant News, July 9, 2012) E

Focus on: Real Estate Tools, (Chain Store Age, Jan. 2013) E

10 Things to Know About Choosing a Restaurant Location, (About.com, 2011)

Site Selection for Warehouse Facilities & Labs

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

An Update on Company-Financed Research and Development Credits: A State-by-State Comparison, (The CPA Journal, Jan. 2013) E

eBooks & Other Resources


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

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


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