Closing your commercial spaces is never an easy process. People may assume the process of decommissioning your brand is simple and all that’s required is to turn the lights off, hang up a closure sign, and lock the doors. However, the reality of going through a decommissioning process is much more complicated. For example, when a single store closes, one of the steps includes the removal of your commercial brand signs, which a local sign servicer would handle. Although, what happens when you must close dozens or hundreds of stores across a wide geographical footprint? In addition, what if you must complete this process within a short period of time? Keep reading to learn about the solutions to these questions, and to learn about several best practices for any Sign Decommissioning process.
Decommissioning involves much more than just calling a General Contractor (GC) or handyman to “unscrew signs from the building” or to dig up ground signs.
SIGNS OF CHANGE ARE HERE
Decommissioning involves much more than just calling a General Contractor (GC) or handyman to “unscrew signs from the building” or to dig up ground signs. As the Covid-19 crisis continues and many facilities are adapting to a “new normal” program, some companies are making drastic and difficult decisions about how they will reopen, or whether companies will reopen at all. The pandemic has forced many multi-site operators to rethink their next strategic plans. Companies that assumed they had years to implement turnaround plans, are now closing more than half or all their stores together. The first few steps that will help ease your sign decommissioning process is to make sure you’re aware of how to handle your sign materials, especially signs that contain fluorescent tubes that may contain mercury and understand the execution of removing such materials by following local and state regulations.
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PLAN YOUR EXECUTION AND EXECUTE YOUR PLANS
A regional or nationwide de-branding program will involve a lot of planning, coordination, and execution. Your national sign service partner should have the experiences and capabilities to manage your decommissioning program on your behalf. Additionally, your sign decommissioning servicer should consider and manage the economies for leveraging local relationships to make the necessary “milk-runs” across a certain footprint of stores. It’s wise to take advantage of these economies because they’ll directly impact your planning budget, especially during uncertain times when you can’t afford to waste any money or resources.
Your national sign service partner should have the experiences and capabilities to manage your decommissioning program on your behalf.
SAFETY ISN’T EXPENSIVE, IT’S PRICELESS
Wall signs and channel letters are anchored to the building or fascia. Each sign may have several or even dozens of wall penetrations that must be caulked or possibly painted – depending on your property’s lease agreements. If your property remains open, it’s best practice to pay close attention to your signage anchor details, to avoid any damage to the structure. Last, but certainly not least, your illuminated brand signs can run anywhere from 12-volts (for LED’s) to 15,000-volts (for neon). Due to the range of electrical voltage, a licensed electrician is certainly required to cap-off the existing electrical charges to make the decommissioning process safe for everyone involved.
Closing your property is stressful, and there’s a lot of logistics involved, which include an array of possible departments and issues, like human resources, inventory, landlord and lease negotiations, public relations, and other internal stakeholders. Your de-branding process should be absolutely managed by a leading professional National Signage Partner. By allowing your signage partner to handle the sign decommissioning process for you, it creates breathing room for time and energy to be devoted towards other pressing issues and business closure avenues. Remember, we’re all in this together, you don’t have to go through your decommissioning process alone.