Down the Street
For small business owners, finding a good property for their business can be a long search. They might be lucky enough to find an empty lot for a good price, but some of them are willing to move quite a ways down the street to get something special. If they are willing to take a chance on an old neighbourhood being converted for new commercial ventures, they could get one of the best bargains imaginable. An old tannery or pub might be just what they were seeking.
Converting an older commercial building does have a few difficulties, but many of them are known before the purchase. New plumbing and electrical are almost always part of the conversion. Some foundation work might be needed, and even roofing could be an issue. After that, the most important factor is keeping the charm of the original building. Company owners know that getting customers in the door is half the battle when it comes to sales, so retaining as much of the original building as possible can be good for business. Inviting the public in to see how well the work of conversion has been done will be a good start on a popular business for the future.