Research

Can we convert retail
dark stores into
industrial space?

Benefits and pitfalls of converting traditional retail boxes to last mile fulfillment and warehousing

April 22, 2021

How feasible is it to convert a retail building to industrial use? What are the challenges? Do the rents justify the conversion? There are a lot of reasons why some retailers are following this trend to support ecommerce needs, but there’s also a lot of hurdles to overcome.

In our latest Shaping the Retail and Industrial Convergence podcast, Research Director James Cook sits down with Kris Bjorson, International Director for JLL Industrial, Seth Geldzahler, Senior Managing Director of JLL Industrial, and David Rabinowitz, Attorney at Goulston & Storrs. They discuss the considerations associated with converting retail dark stores to industrial.

The Shaping the Retail and Industrial Convergence live podcast series focuses on the latest topics affecting retail and industrial real estate as product and distribution become one consideration.