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Old 02-27-2008, 11:07 PM   #1
Thomas Belger
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Size of box question

I have three options.
None have bathrooms or showers but there are public bathrooms in the building 100ft. away.
All are raw warehouse space with rollup doors.

Small- 1000sq.ft., $1600 per month, public bathrooms in the building but not in the space. No exposure to the front of the building
Medium- 2100sq ft. ,$3300 per month, again no bathrooms but room for building showers. Best exposure
Large- Combo of both spaces, knock the wall down $5200, 3100 sq ft. more room for bathrooms, obviously. Pretty good exposure.

This would be my second facility so I wouldn't be opening up cold. Does anyone have an opinion on what they would have done differently( started smaller and expanded or happy with the larger size even if it was too expensive at first?)

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Old 02-28-2008, 12:41 AM   #2
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Re: Size of box question

Well, take a look at your projections. If you can afford to get the bigger space, add some bathroom/shower space and make the overhead cost...I'd say go for that one.

From the other side, do you need the largest space? How many members will you start with there? Max amount per class? Will 3100 sqft be too little/too much? Will you need more space before you lease is up?

Tons of different factors need to be looked at and weighed when making this kind of decision...

...I'm making the same decision right now. I think I'm gonna take the big one.
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Old 02-29-2008, 08:31 PM   #3
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Re: Size of box question: sq ft cost

Along the same lines as this thread:

I am looking for a box location and of course looking for warehouse space. We had a 2000 sq/ft site, looked promising and then zoning fell through. Site would have been: high traffic, nice socioeconomical area and fairly cheap 1000/mo Cleveland/Akron Area

I was just wondering what other affiliates are paying for their spaces. Looking for either monthy costs (flat) or per sq/ft?

Thanks in advance for any and all assistance.
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:03 PM   #4
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Re: Size of box question

We're sub-leasing out of a high end bike shop with 1100 sq/ft in the back. Great location, no zoning issues, and lots of traffic. Now, I cannot give you any info on current income based on what we have done. This is because we start our operations tomorrow! I will keep you posted. We negotiated our lease to include all utilities included. We're definitely stoked on the luck that we've encountered in establishing this location.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:06 AM   #5
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Re: Size of box question

Thomas - Great thread!

Mark - 1100 Sq Ft is a size affordable in my area. How is your box set up? Seems like a challenge for logistical placement of many equipments. CF Houston has 4000 sq ft and a huge empty concrete parking lot in the back. Can you possible attach a photo? Just getting some ideas. Congrats on your opening day. Thanks.
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:17 AM   #6
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Re: Size of box question

Check yer email Grace!
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Old 03-04-2008, 11:58 AM   #7
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Re: Size of box question

Mark,

It would be awesome if you could shoot a few pics of your sub-lease set up to me also. I believe I will be utilizing the sub-lease method in my future endevours. I'd also love to hear how you came and went about the notion of such a creative space and getting the onwers to agree... I'm betting it has to do with the Crossfit hearts bikers and bikers heart Crossfit formula :stir:
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:01 PM   #8
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Re: Size of box question

Thanks for jumping in guys. Mark, I would love the same email you sent to Grace. I have decided on the smallest space and I would love to see your set up.

I also had the chance to speak to Mike at Crossfit San Jose. What a great guy! He has a smallish box and he actually wishes that it was smaller! Just a great resource for getting started. Doug Chapman is flat out the man for figuring some begginner stuff out as well.

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Old 03-04-2008, 01:35 PM   #9
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Re: Size of box question

Hey guy's send me a PM with the email addresses I do not have. I'll gladly send you some pics of what we're working with right now. As a start-up box I definitely feel that we're working well in the space that we have. Be talking to you soon!
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:14 PM   #10
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Re: Size of box question

i have drawn up what I think will work to squeeze in three platforms, and some other things to allow groups of 4-8 at a time.
Basically it's about 900sf.
That gets me 3 platforms, one with Half rack
a big monkey bar cage
2 ghds
1 gravitron like device
and a few other odds and ends

the tough part is finding a space that small!
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