The cheapest option is not always the best.

Shop fitters will often not provide a quote until an architect and designer have drawn up plans.

These plans can include construction drawings showing different elevations, as well as hydraulic plans, drainage and electrical, 3D renders showing what the fit out would look like and the materials and finishes to be used. This usually costs around $5,000

A shop fitter may have an in-house design and architect or may outsource.

A full set of plans will be required for approval before landlords will give you a lease, and will need to be submitted to Council as part of your Food Business License Application (which usually takes 30 days to be approved).

Depending on what alterations and construction are necessary you may also be required to submit a Development Application to Council (your shop fitter may be able to do this for you)

Once you own a set of plans, it’s a good idea to meet, talk to, and get quotes from three different shop fitters.

Prices can vary based on

  • The size of the company
  • Whether they specialise in hospitality fit outs
  • Whether they use their own tradesmen or subcontract
  • Whether they do offsite fabrication to minimise time spent onsite
  • The length of the project
  • How busy they are with other jobs, and whether your project is a priority
  • Whether they liaise with an agent / landlord / centre management on your behalf
  • Whether they take care of Council and Food Business License Applications

Make sure you compare like for like, determine what is important to you, and find someone who understands what you want, communicates well, and that you feel happy working with.

Have a look at their past projects and talk to previous clients to get a feel for whether they will be the best fit for your project.

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