The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) released a case study, “Retail & Wholesale.” The 10-page report highlights eight businesses that use metal building systems to thrive in retail and warehouse store markets. The free report is available for download at MBMA’s blog,

“The retail and wholesale industry is undergoing dramatic changes in how and where people shop,” said Tony Bouquot, general manager at MBMA. “Metal building systems are flexible, efficient and cost-effective, not to mention great-looking, making them ideal choices for stores and chains that need to adapt to market changes.”

Store-based retail markets include discount stores, department stores, home-goods stores, specialty stores, wholesalers and more. The “Retail & Wholesale” case study shows how these businesses benefit from using metal building systems, noting the many attributes that metal buildings provide. It explains why the featured businesses have found metal building solutions to be the right choice for their stores.

For example, Costco Warehouse Stores use metal building systems to keep costs down and get new stores constructed as quickly as possible. The large clear spans enable them to save construction costs as well as increase flexibility in merchandising. Further, metal building exteriors can be designed to meet local codes and company-specific designs. This is also a big plus for Drug Mart when it renovates its existing stores that are housed in metal buildings as the old exterior panels can be quickly pulled down and replaced to make the store look brand new and adapt to branding updates. Single-source design and fabrication made the process easier for Washington, N.J.-based Hance Construction Inc. when it built a new addition to the Flemington Department Store in Flemington, N.J. Other businesses and stores profiled include Coburn’s Inc., Cash Wise Foods, Arkansas Music Works, Gene’s Gallery and Pet Food Center.