Big box stores are ubiquitous in this day and age. They include grocery stores, home improvement megastores, wholesale club stores, warehouse-filled furniture stores, and more. Such stores have become popular due to their various features, such as low prices and a wide variety of items to choose from. When it comes to the buildings being used, big box stores need massive, wide-open spaces.
As such, certain materials, like wood and stone, simply won’t do. They’re too cost-prohibitive, prone to long-term damage, and heavy. If you were to construct a building out of wood or stone that housed a big box store, you would need a lot of pillars and posts to support the building, and they would essentially create walls within the store.
That’s why so many stores are turning to steel buildings as the optimal solution. In fact, there is no other type of building system that accommodates the open space concept required for a successful big box store. That being said, the following is a deep dive into the use of prefab metal building kits for big box stores.
Defining Big Box Stores
A big box store is a large retail store that carries a wide variety of products and services. Typically, big box stores aim to provide shoppers with a one-stop shopping experience. They often have large, open floor plans and high ceilings that allow for an abundance of merchandise to be displayed. As such, they tend to be a single story with as few interior columns and walls as possible to maximize floor space. They are also typically built in a box-shape design, which is why they’re known as “big box stores.”
How Commercial Metal Buildings Fill the Need
When it comes to constructing a building for a big box store, steel is usually the material of choice. Prefab metal buildings are the ideal solution for large, open spaces, such as those needed for a big box store. This is because the steel used is lightweight, which means that it can support itself without needing an abundance of columns and posts. This gives the store the ability to have an open floor plan, free from obstructions.
Additionally, steel buildings are incredibly cost-effective. Metal buildings that are prefabricated are often more affordable than other materials and can be assembled quickly. They are known for their durability and resistance to the elements, including rain, wind, and snow. They also offer resistance to fire, pests, mold, mildew, and rot. As such, they are the perfect solution for keeping a big box store safe and secure.
You can customize your commercial metal building by designing it to your size specifications and also adding features such as skylights, insulation, and sliding doors, which are particularly useful for big box stores that need to bring large-sized inventory items in and out constantly.
The Rise of Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings
A pre-engineered metal building is a type of structure that has already been designed and manufactured. This type of building is typically used when a customer needs a structure quickly and cost-effectively. Pre-engineered metal buildings are designed with customization in mind so that customers can order the exact building they need for their specific big box store.
Pre-engineered metal buildings have become popular throughout a variety of industries because of their affordability and easy assembly. Big box stores are no exception, as these buildings offer an efficient, cost-effective solution. Pre-engineered metal building components will be delivered in a short period of time and can be quickly assembled on-site.
How Open Floor Space Enhances Commercial Metal Buildings
The ability to design a building with an open floor plan provides more flexibility in terms of how you organize, store, and display your store’s inventory. In the past, the traditional retail store design was a series of individual rooms connected by hallways or disrupted by pillars. With pre-engineered metal buildings and their open floor plans, big box stores can maximize their space and create a more pleasant customer experience.
Open floor plans also allow customers to easily move around the store and find what they need without feeling overwhelmed. And with the addition of skylights and large windows, shoppers will have an abundance of natural light, which means it will feel less cramped and cluttered.
Benefits of Clear Span Metal Buildings for Retailers
The following are a few of the reasons retailers tend to prefer clear-span metal buildings for their big box stores:
- Unique Installation: Because components are manufactured off-site, the entire building can be assembled in less time than it would take to construct a traditional building.
- Multiple Design Options: Because of the open space layout of a clear-span metal building, you have an incredible amount of flexibility when it comes to the interior design of your store. As a result, you can organize and display your inventory without being limited by the structure of the building.
- Usage Variety: The building can easily accommodate any type of big box store, from clothing and furniture stores to home improvement centers and electronics retailers. You can even use the building as a car dealership.
We Specialize in Clear Span Commercial Metal Buildings
At Toro Steel Buildings, we specialize in the design and construction of clear-span commercial metal buildings. We have extensive experience in helping retailers in a wide range of different industries find the perfect building for their big box store needs. Our experienced team will help you design a metal building with the customization options that meet all your requirements.
The commercial metal buildings we offer provide a clear span interior up to 200’ before supports are needed and can be created in any size necessary for your structure.
For more information about our commercial steel buildings or to request an estimate, be sure to contact us today by filling out our online form or by calling us at 1-877-870-8676 to speak with one of our building specialists directly.