Because there are so many different types of industries across the U.S. and the world, it’s inevitable that the buildings used to meet the needs of these industries will vary drastically. For example, a building outfitted to suit the demands of a freezer warehouse company would be useless to the needs of a precision machining company. At St. Paul Commercial Real Estate, we understand the needs of a wide range of industries when it comes to what facilities will be best suited to day-to-day operations. From which locations will be most beneficial to what building specifications are desirable, our brokers can work with you to find the best options for warehouses and industrial real estate in St. Paul, MN for your company.

Whether you’re seeking a larger warehouse facility to meet the needs of a growing operation or you’re starting from the ground up, St. Paul Commercial Real Estate is ready to work one-on-one with you to ensure your warehouse building needs are met.

Industrial real estate may vary extensively from industry to industry, but warehouse building types have certain similarities that allow them to be categorized into a number of classes. The following is an overview of the most common categories of industrial warehouse buildings:


  1. Fabrication: The majority of fabrication warehouses need two specific areas; fabrication floors and office space. These warehouses may be defined as fabrication buildings but they vary greatly between industries and production demands compared to other types of warehouses.
  2. Fabrication and goods for sale: These warehouses use the office space and fabrication floors of typical fabrication warehouses but need an additional space for a storefront where goods are sold.
  3. Packaging: Some warehouses are dedicated solely to the packaging and shipping of goods and materials. With the increase in virtual shopping and worldwide shipping, these facilities are becoming more prevalent and diverse between industries.
  4. Storage: While storage warehouses for a wide range of goods can be similar (e.g. dry food goods, non-volatile chemicals, most organic construction materials, and any other materials that don’t require specific climate control or hazard containment), there are many industries that require specific storage facilities. For example, most food goods need freezer or refrigeration storage, while radioactive metals need highly intensive containment storage.
  5. Multi-tenant: Many warehouse buildings that are not utilized for any large-scale industrial purposes are co-opted into multi-tenant buildings. From art studio spaces to storefronts, multi-use warehouse buildings need their own specific building features. Because of the wide range of differences between multi-tenant warehouses and the differences between the spaces within those warehouses, these warehouses can vary the most substantially from industry to industry.


No matter what type of warehouse you’re searching for, our team of experienced and knowledgeable brokers can work with you to determine the best building for your needs. To learn more about warehouse spaces and our work with industrial real estate in St. Paul, MN, contact St. Paul Commercial Real Estate at (651) 405–1011 today.