1. Layout a) Is there any extra space available, such as a storage room or a portion of a stock room, that could be used to expand the retail area?
b) The widths of the islands. Make sure they’re not too little. Ideally, 1200mm high, with a minimum of 900mm. c) Counter placement. This should be easy to get to, with enough room behind the counter for you and your employees to work without colliding, as well as enough space in front of the counter for two people to pass each other.You can get additional information at Commercial Fit Outs.
d) Product placement is a term that refers to the placement of a product Customers should be drawn through the store and past other products they could purchase on the way by placing fast moving goods closest to the entrance. Ensure that ads are well-signed with graphics at regular points (such as gondola ends) and that they are revised on a regular basis.
2. Scheme a) While a shop fit can be costly, don’t skimp on important products. Ceilings, lighting, and flooring are the most popular. Spending money on these things may seem to be a waste, but they will improve the store, increase foot traffic, and therefore sales.
b) Hire a professional shopfitter who will assist you with the design and construction of your store without charging you a fee up front.
a) Double-check that the fixtures you’re having are functional.
b) Standard modular shelving is available in three different pitches (the height that the shelves can be adjusted up and down). They are 25mm, 32mm, and 50mm in diameter. Make sure you get the one that fits best for you and your stuff.
c) Modular shelving is available in widths of 665mm, 1000mm, and 1250mm. 1250mm large units are typically less expensive than other sizes because more of them are made and sold, so if at all possible, use these.
d) Double-check that the shelf depths are appropriate for your items, and that there is enough room on each bay for your plannograms.
e) Check that the gondola heights aren’t too high. Customers can see goods on other bays at 1400/1500mm, which is perfect. The bays can be as tall as the shop allows.
f) Checkouts and counters Make sure they’re tailored to your store’s needs. You’ll be spending a lot of time behind the counter, so it needs to be functional. It’s also important that the counter’s architecture integrates any EPOS equipment you’ll be using. Many retailers are requesting Corian counter tops these days, but you may find that real granite is less costly and more durable. If you do intend to use granite, the tops must be predrilled to allow cables for screens, PDQ terminals, and power leads to pass through.
4. Retail storefronts
a) If you’re renovating, don’t forget to get a quote for repairing or refurbishing the shopfront, which will pay off in the long run as part of the overall shop fit. Replace the sign(s) and think of a new logo if this is something you haven’t done in a while. The logo can then be used on internal store signs and graphics.
Project management is number five.
Do not attempt this on your own. You’re a retailer with a business to run, and the last thing you need is the stress of having to plan a store renovation. A good shopfitter will plan the store, design the scheme, and coordinate all of the trades needed to complete the installation, providing a complete ‘turnkey’ operation.