Why do I need to hire a design consultant?
This is a great question! The simplest
answer is we know best. Our experience in
the field of design has provided us with a
wealth of knowledge. We've probably
encountered just about every challenge there is
when it comes to designing a food service or
c-store facility. Clients who choose not
to hire a professional design consultant because
they thought they could design their facility
themselves or to save some money on the front
side usually end up paying for it in the end
anyway. I've often said "Don't be penny
wise, but pound foolish". In other words,
the cost of hiring a consultant will pay off in
short time by avoiding costly mistakes, delays
Why should I hire PES Design Group?
Simple. We are the best at what we do. With
over 40 years in the business of Food Service and
C-Store design we have the tools and experience to
complete your project satisfactorily, on budget and
on time. Don't take our word for it. We will
happily provide you with references. Just give us a
call and ask! Also, take a look at
Team page to read about the principles of
business and design that we adhere to.
How long have you been in business?
Our company has been around in one form or another
since 1985. However, the PES Design Group was
opened in 2011. It
is the design division of Cademan Enterprises, LLC,
which was founded in 2001. Our two principal
design consultants have many years of design
experience working with some of the biggest names in
Food Service. Jim Richards (Sr) has been in the food
service design industry for over 40 years and has
been designing c-stores for over 25 years. Jim
Richards (Jr) has been in the food service
business for 25 years. Please take a look at
portfolio for just a sample of projects
they have worked on over the years.
What do your services cost?
Your initial consultation is FREE. We would love
to speak to you about your project, ideas and
goals. Our prices vary depending on what
services you choose to contract us for. We
offer in-depth phone or video consultations for
as low as $500 where we will provide you with a
written report of design ideas and
recommendations. If you prefer, one of our
design consultants will meet with you
personally. Additionally, we offer our
full design service package where we may provide
you with a complete set of design documents
including layouts, equipment schedule and
specifications, final connection plans, custom
equipment specs and detail drawings and/ bid
documentation. The cost of the package is
essentially determined by the size of the
project and scope of work. Simply contact
us and we would be happy to speak to you about
your project and provide you with a written
What are the terms of payment?
Our contracts are broken up into "phases".
Your first payment will be due when you return a
signed contract. It's typically 25% of the
total contract. Your next payment will be due
once we reach a satisfactory design and we're ready
complete the final connection plans and equipment
specifications. That payment is typically 50%
of the total contract. The final 25% payment
will be due when we complete the documents package.
What type of payment do you accept?
We will gladly accept your check or any major credit
How long does a project take to complete?
It really depends on the scope of the project.
We can typically prepare a preliminary design within
2-3 weeks of an in-depth consultation.
We also gladly work within the scope of
architectural submittal deadlines.
Are your services limited to any geographical
Not at all. We will work with clients
anywhere in the world.
Are you an engineer or architect?
We are not architects nor engineers.
We are design consultants who provide design and
equipment information specifically related to
food service and c-store planning.
Our plans and specifications can be used
seamlessly by your architect and/or engineer for
use in preparing their bid, construction and
Are you an interior designer?
We do offer interior design services.
We design projects with the end design scheme in
mind. We will also gladly work with your
interior designer to make sure our design
fits perfectly within the overall design scheme.
Could you recommend and architect, interior
designer or general contractor for my project?
Certainly. In our years of experience
we have crossed paths with many competent firms
that we could recommend for your project.
If you are an architectural or interior design
firm and would like to be considered as a
recommended firm please give us a call. We
would be happy to speak with you about your