Store Design Digest

July 1, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

This week’s news digest has a lot more about store expansions and new concepts, and a little less on store design ideas and considerations. Lots of interesting news and some good webinars/podcasts. Grab your favorite beverage, turn off the phone, and spend some time reading and considering all the news and trends related to store design, expansions, and multi-site projects! Have a great rest of the week!

Issue #10

Nike Plans to Open 150 to 200 Nike Live-Style Stores Over Next Couple of Years

Donahoe also told analysts that Nike is planning to open 150 to 200 small footprint, digitally-enabled stores in North America, the Middle East and Africa.

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Microsoft Closes All Physical Stores in Pivot To Online Operations

Microsoft will shutter all its physical Microsoft Store locations as part of a “strategic change in its retail operations,” according to a statement from the company.

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Meijer Opening 2 New Supercenters in Northeast Ohio

The 155,000-square-foot stores will feature fresh grocery, fresh bakery, fresh meat and deli counters, a garden center, a pharmacy, electronics, toys, sports, and apparel.

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DLC Signs Lidl to Anchor Refurbished Maryland Center

Lidl has signed a lease for a 27,800-sq.-ft. space once occupied by a Big Kmart at Frederick County Square.

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Cardenas Markets Enters L.A. Metro Area

According to the grocer of authentic Hispanic products, its new location, a former Stater Bros. store, “has undergone a complete interior renovation that highlights the company’s new design concept while also spotlighting Whittier’s rich history.”

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New Trader Joe’s Opens in North Hollywood

A new Trader Joe’s store will hold its grand opening in North Hollywood Friday, the first store to open in a major new shopping and residential development.

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Lululemon to Acquire Start-up for $500 Million

Lululemon athletica inc. is making a major play in the fast-growing area of personalized at-home fitness.

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Eggs Up Grill Continues on the Growth Path with Two New Openings and a new Franchisee Signing

After temporarily shifting focus from growth to stability, the breakfast, brunch and lunch brand is back on track to reach 100 restaurants by mid-2022.

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QSR Concept ‘Hangry Chicken’ Launches Store Expansion with Long-Term Growth Plans

A new quick-service restaurant concept building on the principles of traditional Portuguese chicken launched in southern Ontario last fall with plans for eventual expansion in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Tri Star Energy to Acquire Hollingsworth Oil Retail Fuel Assets

FTC requiring divestitures in two markets to avoid antitrust violation

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First Look: Raley’s Opens New Store Concept

The 85-year-old California-based grocer unveiled its first-ever Raley’s O-N-E Market, in Truckee, Calif. The 35,000-sq.-ft. store is designed to create a unique shopping destination with a highly curated product selection and a commitment to transparency and health eating.

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Belgian Supermarket Chain Delhaize has Opened its Biggest Store Yet in Luxembourg

The new store features a completely new concept, with a different route through the supermarket.

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In UK, Aldi Unveils 18 Hampshire Locations in Store Expansion Plans

SUPERMARKET giant Aldi has announced that it is on the hunt for new store locations across Hampshire towns and cities, potentially creating around 500 new jobs across the county.

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Marks and Spencer’s Radical Rebrand Plan to Cut Costs and ‘Revitalise’ Company Revealed

MARKS AND SPENCER is working on delivering a "radical" rebrand to boost dwindling clothing sales and "revitalise" its role as a key British retailer.

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In France, Zouari Family (Picard, Casino) Wants to Buy Bio c’Bon

The group of French family Zouari (current owners of frozen food giant Picard and one of Casino's major franchisers) wants to buy organic chain Bio c’Bon.

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PriceSmart in Store Expansion

The membership warehouse club operator has opened a location in Liberia, Costa Rica, giving it a total of 46 locations. It is PriceSmart’s eighth store in Costa Rica.

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Australia: Accompany Rebrands The Coffee Club

Australian hospitality icon The Coffee Club has developed a new brand identity in partnership with Sydney-based independent brand and creative studio Accompany.

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Thailand: CPF Launches New Supermarket Model

The new CP Fresh will have 500 sq. m. of space, about five times the size of the original CP Fresh Mart format. It will provide a wider variety of products including chilled items, produce, seasonings, frozen goods and ready-to-eat meals. There will also be cooking services and seating areas for customers.

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Sevan Refreshes 21,000th Retail Space

Sevan Multi-Site Solutions, a global leader in innovative design, program management, construction services and data analytics—reached a major milestone and completed refreshing their 21,000th retail space.

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S-CUBE Debuts Pop-Up Shop for Brooks Brothers

The 2019 PAVE Challenge was presented by S-CUBE and Brooks Brothers: With opportunities to open short-term lease pop-up shops, students were challenged to design the Brooks Brothers ‘Red Fleece’ brand experience within a 10’ x 10’ space.

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Huawei's Brand New Flagship Store Looks Awfully Familiar...

Huawei has drawn heavily on Apple's own store design, to put it mildly...

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Lookout Walmart, Amazon Is Coming for Your Grocery Customers, Says Analyst

It’s no wonder Amazon has been eyeing the grocery opportunity. After all, it is a market that in the US alone is estimated to be worth around $1 trillion, and not much of that is derived from online sales. According to Carden, it is also one which suits Amazon to a T, as groceries are “a high-frequency, low-margin product type, where logistics and operational excellence matter.”

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Webinar: Why The Next Iteration of Stores Can Be Better—For All

In this panel discussion, hosted by Wongdoody’s Executive Director of Commerce, Steve White, speakers will explore human-centric tech approaches and solutions to making the next generation of store experiences better for all.

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Recorded Webinar: Store Design in a Post-Pandemic World

That's the focus of the conversation with this week's guest – Andrew McQuilkin, the Retail Market Leader as well as a Partner with BHDP Architecture, which you can check out at www.bhdp.com. Andrew, Sterling, and Kevin examine what retailers can do to make their customers both feel safe and actually be safer, and the challenges of retrofitting existing stores and building new stores to reflect changed realities.

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Webinar Recording: Confronting Vulnerability: Tracking the Consumer Mindset and Its Implications for Retail Store Design

This panel explores the temporary reactions to changing circumstances, along with the more fundamental shifts that will redefine the store experience.

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Podcast Interview: from omnichannel to monochannel; how Eight Inc. design human-centric experiences for brands including Apple, Tesla and Nike

Just before lockdown, we sat down with Steve to record a podcast. Since then we’ve checked back to see if Covid-19 has shifted his thoughts around Monochannel, but he assured us that it’s even more important than ever to create a consistent and connected brand experience. An experience that is driven by emotions, sensations, and desires. In our podcast, we discuss what the future of brand and customer interaction could feel like, and how adopting a Monochannel strategy will change the way we do business.

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Interview with Authors of “The Future of Department Stores"

The Covid crisis has hit certain department stores very hard: can they recover - and, if so, how? The book The Future of Department Stores sheds some light through own analysis and interviews with icons from the sector.

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There's a space out there between fast-food restaurants and grocery stores that's been waiting to be filled by a new kind of convenience store concept.

The convenience store industry still has a long way to go to catch up to where the consumer is today, but this is our latest attempt at raising the bar and standard for the industry.

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Gov. Cuomo: ‘Large’ Malls in New York Will Need High-Quality Air Systems to Reopen

“Any malls that will open in New York, large malls, we will make it mandatory that they have air filtration systems that can filter out the COVID virus,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a press briefing on Monday. "For many of these systems it depends on what filter you install."

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Survey: Americans Want Stores, Malls to Follow Stricter Hygiene Measures

“Based on how Americans are feeling, the onus is really on businesses to make people comfortable to return to their establishments in the post-COVID-19 reality,” said Manny Picciola, managing director at L.E.K. Consulting. But as you can imagine, how the survey questions were worded could have a major impact on the responses received. Who is going to say they don't want clean, safe stores?

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Should Grocers Rethink Their Stores’ Formats?

These unprecedented times have created an opportunity to rethink the design and flow of the traditional grocery store. The slides below walk through our thoughts as to the potential design implications for each facet of a grocery concept.

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Three Capabilities will Help Retailers “Win the Trip” Through and Beyond the COVID-19 Crisis

Whether shoppers are in the store, at the curb, or at home, retailers can capitalize on the new realities of consumption.

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Makeshift Futures

Research and changes to urban life are driving design innovation forward amid a pandemic.

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The Future of Retail, Reimagined

Even before COVID-19, the retail industry was already going through significant challenges, disruption and transformation. That has all been turned on its head. Get ready for the “new abnormal.”

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Transforming Brick and Mortar to Create Personalized Customer Experiences

Audwin Cash, SVP of Atrius Enterprise Solutions, Acuity Brands, explains how retailers are dealing with issues in brick and mortar locations never seen before. And that despite the challenges he sees an opportunity for stores to integrate technologies that can help adapt to the new way customers interact with physical locations.

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How to Make Supermarket Shopping Feel Safer and More Normal

In the era of social distancing, supermarket trips are fraught with stress. So stores are looking to make things easier with lo-fi and hi-tech solutions

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Choose the Best Colors for Your Restaurant

Different colors also have various psychological effects on people. So choosing the right color for your business is essential.

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What's New in Restaurant Paint Color Palettes and Design?

We spoke to nationally known commercial designers to discover the trends they’re creating.

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The Essential Components to Designing a Restaurant’s Kitchen

Keep in mind that the kitchen is the heart of your operation and the utmost care should be put into its design.

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3 Restaurant Design Tips You Need To Know To Organize Your Kitchen For Pandemic Cooking

Not only are people ordering groceries and delivery more often, but the lockdown also created new habits of cooking and shopping that may last far beyond the control of COVID-19 (whenever that may be).

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