In metro Denver most bricks and mortar travel agencies are based in office buildings. While in the past we did have many street-fronting agencies, as the industry has changed so too has the pro-forma concerning space requirements. As a broker in NY as well as CO I am well aware of the old-line agencies i.e. Valerie Wilson, ProTravel, Liberty and so forth have commercial/street locations. However these are in areas of high-density and pedestrian traffic.
In Metro Denver you may wish to concentrate on areas of high pedestrian and/or high vehicular traffic to enhance your existing book of business. If you are concentrating on deluxe and luxury travel, consider Cherry Creek North where occasionally smaller spaces come available in mixed use buildings. I am also a fan of neighborhood retail/office with high-end demographics i.e. Old South Gaylord, Old South Pearl and others for which an experience broker will know how to contact landlords direct. Many of these options have retail on the first floor and office above.
Concerning office buildings, I always suggest a ground floor location when possible to capture not only the office tenants but visitors as well. Please note with traditional office buildings, you may have some issues with weekend access.
Strip centers can be a good option if it offers complementary tenants i.e. those for which your target demographic also shops. There are such strips on Leetsdale, Colorado Blvd (check out Century 21) and others. Rent will depend on visibility and location, however your business most likely will be somewhat targeted and not need direct street visibility yet signage would be important.
Finally putting on my business consulting cap, consider auxiliary amenities or partnerships including luggage, adaptors, tags, guides and other travel associated products. I know I have personally been stymied trying to find TSA approved luggage locks out here or unique name tags for luggage.
If I can be of any assistance as I partner with a commercial broker as well, my contact information is below as well as additional links.
Joseph Sobin, Broker Associate, ERA Herman Group,Cherry Creek North.
Direct Email: Joseph.Sobin@ERA.com
Travel Column: http://www.examiner.com/travel-industry-in-denver/joseph-sobin
Our Commercial contact person is Melanye Phipps 303-913-5325
I hope this will get you started and please feel free to contact either of us!!!
Cherry Creek Properties LLC