The best retail fit outs in Canberra

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Unique Diamonds fit out was completed by Moltus Constructions, one of Canberra’s most recommended retail fit out companies. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

In our digitally driven world, conventional brick and mortar shopfronts must work harder than ever. More than simply physical destinations, retail spaces today must offer truly immersive brand experiences to thrive. While skilled customer custodians are key, the way a retail space looks, feels, and flows is the second critical factor.

If you are undertaking a new retail lease or seeking to enhance your existing space, there is plenty to consider. From aesthetics through to nitty gritty project implementation, much of what is required is beyond the skillset of many. Whether you are unsure where to start or simply lack vision, a retail fit out specialist could be the solution.

Skilled in all aspects of design and construction, these retail experts complete project like this day in, day out. Taking on board individual needs, they work with clients to not only create the space – but also complete it. Looking for a retail fit out company in Canberra? Here is our pick of the region’s best.

What makes a great retail fit out company?

Great retail fit out companies whip up complete shopfront spatial solutions that keep your customers coming back for more. If you are seeking a team of retail fit out specialists, the following evaluation criteria may help:

  • Reputable. Often, the leading retail fit out companies are also the most reputable. Look for established teams, happy clients, and experience in your type of retail fit out. Be sure to review their project portfolio and even pop into a few for some self-assessment. Finally, verify professional affiliations and memberships with associations or industry bodies.
  • Qualified. Like many other facets of construction, your retail fit out team should come equipped with all the right credentials. Cornerstones like formal qualifications, be it tertiary or trade based are of course critical. Much the same can be said of licensing, so ensure their building license is fit for purpose. Other essentials include a construction white card, and finally comprehensive insurance.
  • 360. A huge benefit that comes with engaging a leading retail fit out company is the extent of their service offering. Unlike others who specialise in single areas like design only, the best fit out teams offer an integrated 360 approach. This means offering clients the option of engaging them for as much – or as little as needed. Here, look for turnkey solutions that bridge design, procurement, project management, delivery, installation, and post-fit out support.
  • Daring designs. The best retail fit out companies are all about daring designs. Seeking inspiration from international trends they create solutions that fuse the needs of both clients and their customers. Here, look for a comprehensive briefing, design iteration, and finalisation process. Be sure to review expected outcomes such as digital design walk throughs, procurement schedules, and site plans.
  • Proficient projects. The swift pace of the commercial fit out industry is unlike any other. With lean time frames and externally determined hours and conditions, finding a team of project management experts is key. Here your team manages it all, from regulations and approvals through to trades and the final finish. The best teams ensure their clients are kept well

The best retail fit outs in Canberra

Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Moltus Construction

Founded in 2020 by Canberra local Mayukah Senanayake, Moltus Construction has quickly made leaps and bounds to the top of the fit-out pack. After spending over fifteen years working across various facets of the commercial construction industry, Mayukah identified an opportunity for a boutique, project-proficient fit out business.

Here, Moltus Construction set themselves apart by offering a calibre of credentials typically found amongst larger market players. With much of the team heavily qualified on the project management front, they draw on an extensive pool of tertiary and trade qualifications along with plenty of practical industry experience.

Fusing their expertise in engineering, design, and construction, Moltus Construction stands head and shoulders above their peer set. What’s more, the team at Moltus Construction take pride in their exceptional service standards. From construction and safety through to workmanship and sustainable choices, they are consistently seeking to do better.

As commercial fit out, refurbishment, and construction specialists, Moltus Constructions operate across many industry sectors and client bases. From retail and hospitality through to commercial, medical, and educational, they are frequently engaged in internal and external upgrades to buildings large and small.

For retail clients, Moltus Construction offers a range of comprehensive services to help their spaces stand apart from the rest. From designs, budgeting, cost planning and preconstruction preparation through to project management, construction, and maintenance they do it all.

Centrally located in Braddon, Moltus Construction are ready to assist any clients considering embarking on a retail fit out for their space. For a retail space unlike the rest contact the team today.

As Paddy Zhao stated on Google, “Mayukah and Sam provided us with a clear understanding of our shop fit out process. We were initially impressed by their communication, professional, eagerness and quality. We would not hesitate to recommend Moltus to others or to engage them again in the future.”

BACE Project Management

Welcome to BACE Project Management - Canberra's one stop shop for all things building.

The BACE team offers both design and construction services, for everything from renovations and extensions to knock down rebuilds, new homes, apartments, warehouses, commercial fitouts, and more. Retail fitouts are no exception!

With a class A building license and proven track record with local projects, BACE is all about finding solutions, not problems. The team is big on transparency - their process for each and every client starts with a detailed project meeting to find out what's most important to them, discuss the intent of the design, view proposed locations for construction, and set expectations around the build.

BACE works to develop lasting relationships, not just fulfill contracts. The organisation charges a fixed fee for design services, and consults closely with clients to allow for better choice and flexibility.

These traits make customer service BACE's specialty - providing a positive experience for every client, throughout the entire design and build process, is their top priority.

BACE's expertise in architectural design and residential and commercial construction comes from almost 30 years of industry exposure. The team is proud to provide a seamless experience from start to finish, taking out the 'middle man' and giving clients throughout Canberra much needed reassurance that their build will go to plan.

BACE also has diverse knowledge in architectural, structural, hydraulic and civil design that helps them forsee important details about the buildability of construction projects, which helps to reduce costs, improve building efficiencies and better manage the entire building process.

Total Fitouts Canberra North

With over 35 years project management experience, Nathan, Marko, and the team at Total Fitouts Canberra North are a great choice for a retail fit out. Leveraging their nation-wide footprint, they bring a top tier level of expertise to the shop floor.

Offering total fit out solutions, they manage the entire design and construction process. Known for creating immersive retail experience that keep customers coming back for more, Total Fitouts Canberra North are one of the regions best.

Jonathon Murphy shared this feedback on Google, “Great guys to work with. Honest and happy to work with me to get my project done within my budget.”

AJG Projects

With over 25 years commercial fit out experience, the team at AYG Projects have a reputation for being one of the best in the Canberra region. Their experienced team of project professionals and trades take pride in delivering quality workmanship for each fit out they complete.

Fully licensed and insured team appreciate the importance of creating a connected shopfront experience whilst minimising disruption throughout the fit-out process. With a focus on safety, efficiency, and the highest of standards they are a great choice.

As Chamath De Silva stated on Google, “Thank you for your service. We are delighted with the workmanship.

Express Fitouts

Established in 2014, Express Fitouts offer a one stop shop for all fit out needs. Specialising in retail and office fit outs, the team bring over fifteen years industry experience to the table. All about making their clients lives easier, their uncompromising approach to quality ensures they deliver unique, tailor-made solutions.

Their all-encompassing service slate includes designs, quotations, planning, procurement, construction, and maintenance. Their team of experts quite literally do the heavy lifting for you

Michael Dorman shared this review on Google, “Working with Express Fitouts was a breeze. Salman was responsive, informative, and helpful throughout the entire process.”

Need help with fitting out an office space? See our list of the best office fit out companies in Canberra.

Your experience with retail fit outs in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the retail fit out teams listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a retail fit out?

A retail fit out, sometimes known as shopfitting, is the process of designing, constructing, and installing the interior of a retail space to ensure the environment is both functional and attractive for employees and customers.

What does a retail fit out contractor do?

In a nutshell, retail fit out contractors ensure retail spaces are ready for occupancy. Their services are tailored to need - be it a full turnkey solution or a single element like design. Ultimately their expertise ensures that your retail fit out is delivered on time, on budget, and with the look and feel desired.

How long does a retail fit out take?

A typical small to medium sized retail fit out can take between six to twelve weeks to complete. Projects with greater complexity and those with large spaces generally require more time. Many variables do influence this, so be sure to obtain an accurate estimate based on your space and needs.

What does a retail fit out cost?

As each retail project is unique in terms of both space, requirements, and time frames, determining an average cost is quite challenging! Additionally, numerous external factors such as site accessibility and working hour restrictions, can further influence project costs. For pricing guidance regarding your specific needs, contact your local retail fit out specialist.

Why should I engage a retail fit out specialist?

Aside from ensuring your retail fit out is completed on time, and on budget, engaging a specialist fit out company offers a raft of additional benefits. Selecting the right company can help to ensure a quality finish, a functionally optimised space, and one with exceptional style. Not only does a retail fit out specialist bring a wealth of experience and insight to help inform the process; they can also take care of it entirely on your behalf. For more, contact your local retail fit out specialist.

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