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Franklin Shanks

Published Date: October 18, 2023

Who are Franklin Shanks?


Let us help you keep and win customers with the right cafe, in the right place, and with the right terms and timing. We believe in the power of great spaces to build long-lasting relationships with your customers.

Franklin Shanks is a commercial property advisory and tenant representation service.

Dedicated to helping consumer-focused brands develop strong strategies for sustainable, successful physical growth.

We work with clients looking to enter new markets or scale their brand to multiple locations. We understand the impact of a great presence and the challenges of creating an environment people want to engage with; be it your team or your customers.

Importantly, we do not sell or lease properties on behalf of real estate agents or landlords. Identifying and avoiding conflicts is intrinsic to our DNA, so we act solely for you, the occupier and operator. The landlord has a property professional representing them, and we believe you should too.

Don’t know where to start? Need a fresh pair of eyes? We’ll assess, review and assist you in building your location strategy then find on-market and ‘hidden’ off-market options in your chosen locations.  We’ll then negotiate on your behalf, then work with solicitors to ensure all documentation from Disclosure Statements, to Lease, COC and Bank Guarantees are executed correctly and promptly.


Location & Business Strategy

There’s more to the perfect cafe location than ‘it’s near my house’ or ‘it’s available now!’. Understand what makes a great location for your business model, and the associated occupancy costs through:

Demographic analysis
Leasing market intelligence
Financial lease modelling
Site Sourcing & Lease Negotiation

Let us find you the perfect site for your business, from both on and off-market options. We’ll negotiate the best deal possible, and project manage the entire leasing process including:

Market Search
Site Suitability Assessment
Commercial Negotiation
Heads of Agreement
Lease Draft Review
Documentation Coordination
Exits, Disputes & Renewals

Negotiating with your current landlord can be stressful and costly. Know your rights, and available strategies to minimise the cost and disruption to your business in:

Renewing your Lease
Exercising a Lease Option
Lease Breaches/Defaults
Early Surrenders
Repairs & Maintenance Disputes
Rent Relief

Our Offer to the Clever Cafe community.

Complementary 25min Strategy Session – Free of Charge

Just starting to think about your location or site requirements?

Franklin Shanks help Clever Cafe Co members uncover and hone their real estate requirements in a free 25-minute video consultation.

Site Sourcing & Lease Negotiation – Tailored to your needs, based on site location/size.

Let us take care of finding and negotiating the lease of your new site.

From pinpointing a location that suits your needs to all lease negotiations and fitout project management, we save you money and give you back precious time, so you can focus on building your business.

Lease Review – $950+GST per document

Already have an agreement underway and need a hand understanding the lease terms before you sign?

Exclusively for Clever Cafe community members, Franklin Shanks will review your Heads of Agreement or lease draft and provide a recommendation report on all key commercial terms.

Get in touch but clicking here!