Store Design Digest

July 15, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

While news of stores opening is not surprising, I have been surprised by the number of store expansions and new concepts being announced. It’s great to see! While COVID-19 has brought some required redesigns and adjustments, the situation has also given designers the opportunity to incorporate some other ideas at the same time. Enjoy this week’s newsletter!

Issue #12

L.L.Bean Maps Out Aggressive Expansion with 4 New Store Announcements for 2020

Iconic outdoor outfitter L.L.Bean, buoyed by its successful launch a year ago in Canada, is set to aggressively expand the brand throughout the country in the coming years, starting with four new stores in Ontario by the end of 2020.

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Nike Opens Tech-Driven Rise Concept Store in China

Nike’s latest concept store opened in Guangzhou, China, this week using a “member-first” approach to bring a host of new tech features to customers.

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The Strategy Organization and ATM Hospitality Form Partnership to Serve Hospitality and Gaming Industries

The two Vegas-born, powerhouses are combining their expertise in marketing and operations to developing cutting-edge strategies for hospitality and gaming industries, nationwide.

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Tesco Ditches One-Way Aisles, but Keeps Two-Metre Distancing for Now

The supermarket said it was also increasing the number of customers it was allowing into stores at any one time

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LEGO's First Retail Store Opens in Saudia Arabia

Encouraging children to explore their creative potential, the store will have interactive stations where children and their families can play and engage with hands-on, fluid play experiences

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Hibbett Surges on Store Reopening Plans & Solid E-Commerce

Hibbett has started reopening its stores in a phased manner, keeping in mind the local guidelines. From the end of April, Hibbett Sports and City Gear stores began operating with improved traffic.

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This Grocery Store Chain is Opening New Superstores Near You

Several states are getting giant grocery stores with produce, toys, clothes, and more.

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Scheels Opens Its Doors on 250,000-Square-Foot Store in Eden Prairie

One look across the new 250,000-square-foot location in the Eden Prairie Center that opens Saturday, July 11, and it's clear where the slogan comes from.

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Inditex Plans to Invest US $ 3 Billion in E-Commerce and Store Expansions

World’s largest fashion conglomerate, Inditex has reported its first loss in the 2 decades of it going public.

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Broad River Retail to Open Dual-Concept Stores

New HomeStore, Outlet concepts to replace smaller footprint sites in key Spartanburg, Augusta markets

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Check Out Raley’s New Store Concept

Raley’s has opened a specialty store concept focused on organics, nutrition and education — and sustainability.

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Brooks Brothers, 200-Year-Old Menswear Retailer, Files for Bankruptcy

The company has a storied history, dressing at least 40 American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, who was wearing a Brooks Brothers coat when he was assassinated in 1865.

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Kmart Conquers Coronavirus: While Rivals Struggle through the Pandemic - the Homeware Giant is OPENING a Massive New Store

Retail giant Kmart is set to open a huge new store while its biggest rivals struggle to survive the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with footfall in malls increasingly low.

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Take a Look Inside McDonald's Futuristic 8,024 Square Foot Solar-Powered Restaurant that Just Opened at Walt Disney World

The structure also has a 1,700 square foot living wall that naturally cools the building and collects rain water.

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A Massive, $2 billion Neighborhood Designed by ODA is Revealed for Queens

The proposed Innovation QNS site encompasses five blocks bordered by 35th and 36 th Avenues and Northern Boulevard. From the renderings, it appears that the project will convert an unused, formerly industrial portion of the neighborhood into a mixed-use district with boxy, subdued stone-clad towers and integrate awning-covered outdoor gathering spaces.

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Why Beauty Brick-and-Mortar is Thriving In China

Offline beauty sales are peaking now that China’s online buyers are back at brick-and-mortar chain stores. But can local beauty retailers seize the moment?

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Supermarkets Still Don't Know What to Do with Their Salad Bars

Salad bars aren't safe during coronavirus—but how should grocery stores use them?

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Podcast: “Everything has Changed” Retail Design Post COVID-19

Today on Retail Redeveloped we're joined by Kathleen Jordan, Department Store and Retail Practice Leader, Principal at Gensler. Kathleen has led award-winning projects for some of the retail industry’s leading companies.

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Drive-Thru Retail Concept Replacing Louisville Restaurant

The business offers an assortment of grocery staples and ready-to-order hot and cold foods without leaving your car.

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Hirota Opens Micro-Convenience Stores in Shipping Containers in Brazil

A Brazilian supermarket chain with around 35 stores in São Paulo, is opening micro stores (of between 15 and 30 sq. m) in adapted shipping containers. They are being opened in common areas of residential condominiums and are aimed at supporting communities by enabling them to buy groceries on their doorstep during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Why Brick-and-Mortar Stores Will Remain Even If Microsoft Doesn't Get It

For many the closure was a sign of the times, indicative of a broader trend to wind down physical stores. But is it a sign of the end of brick-and-mortar retail? Many people think not.

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How Restaurant Design Is Changing As a Result of COVID-19

While many restaurants are suffering financially, some are coming up with creative ways to reopen while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

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6 Components of an Effective Display

Tips from Hardware Retailing Magazine

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How Physical Retail Is Transforming in an Increasingly Digitized World

In part two of an op-ed Q&A, retail strategist Melissa Gonzalez provides answers to top questions about the evolution of the retail store as the industry continues to contend with changing consumer behaviors and new challenges during COVID-19.

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Six Ways the Pandemic is Changing Restroom Design

The COVID-19 pandemic is fast-tracking infection control technologies and products in public restrooms.

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