What do you call a space on a street that can be leased to a shop? I was thinking of "block" but I don't think it's quite right. Here are some example sentences.

After the construction of the street is finished, the ____ will be leased to shops.

There is a big H&M on that street which takes up three ____. Their address is 48-50 New Street.

  • Your example of 48-50 New Street is a very British English way of specifying street addresses. Are you looking for a particularly British expression for this?
    – John Feltz
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 18:08
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    The term I've seen used for this is "storefront"--but I don't know enough about commercial real estate to give that as a definite Answer. Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 18:09
  • The street-facing part of a shop is know as the frontage. Newly built shops are generally divided into units. Larger commercial property sizes are specified by total floor space. In the UK (and probably the USA), these values will be in feet and square feet.
    – Mick
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 18:24
  • "Commercial spaces".
    – Graffito
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 18:50
  • Agree with StonyB, Also “retail spaces” “retail units”
    – Jim
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 5:57

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Unit could work:

u·nit ˈyo͞onət
an individual thing or person regarded as single and complete but which can also form an individual component of a larger or more complex whole.

Oxford Dictionaries

Unit is commonly used in reference to empty apartments, and shops. Generally only used when it is part of a greater whole structurally. i.e. referring to a house as a unit would be inappropriate because a house is generally a free standing structure.

  • Nice answer, but I would suggest you leave out the "noun noun unit..." thing. Please tell us where you found the definition, ideally with a link.
    – Juan M
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 20:25

What about a stall, a lot, or a booth?

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    This is a useful suggestion, but it ought to have been made as a comment.
    – Mick
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 18:31
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    @Mick Oh I see. Sorry for the newb mistake and thanks for the advice!
    – nevdull
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 18:32
  • A stall reminds me of something like at Pike Place Market, not a building Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 21:10

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