Many retailers make outdoor shopping centers the prime location to operate their business from.
The benefit to these outdoor shopping centers is the draw of traffic, having multiple stores grouped together with parking close by make them convenient for shoppers.
Unlike retail stores located in a closed shopping mall, storefront security is of greater concern, Indoor locations still require a physical security product to keep unwanted intrudes out and mostly Roll down grilles or top track sliding grilles are used, Often these are installed at the time of construction.
Outdoor stores and stand alone stores have their storefronts exposed to the elements and have a different physical security need. Many older retail locations were secured with permanent steel bars on the outside, Usual installed by the tenant at the time. These fixed mounted bars are obtrusive and with various designs, colors can make an entire outdoor shopping plaza look unattractive and possibly deter potential customers from entering the shopping center or stores.
Many retailers in shopping centers or stand alone locations simply do not have the budgets as those retailers inside shopping malls, and in the past opted for least expensive measures to secure their establishments.
Today, with economic struggles, high unemployment and aggressive competition from big box retailers, every measure to attract customers to your store is critically important. Other than sales or other incentives your store and surrounding stores need to have a welcoming and safe environment.
Yes, more than ever do they require physical storefront security ;
Roll down grills and shutters can get expensive, but are worth the expense if you are located in severe weather areas, should be regularly maintained. They roll up into a header box, sometimes can be inside above the ceiling or outside with the box mounted above the windows and doors.
Top track sliding grills can also get costly, be cautious, as overhead support needs to be in place to properly support the sliding grill, pockets are usually built for the grills to slide into when not in use, hiding them from sight.
Fold away window and door scissor gates are a cost effective solution to provide security when you need it but neatly fold away when you don’t. They are available in powder coated finish white, gray and black and come in a variety of stock sizes to meet any storefront design and configuration. Very adaptable, mounted to store front window mullions easy to use, attractive, bold visual deterrents.
Fixed mounted steel bars inexpensive, usually done by a local welding shop. They provide protection for the windows. Doors however should be secured with a secondary gate as mounting bars to a door does not help when the door is pried open from outside and are too visible to the customers coming in or exiting the store.