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Trailblazing Store Design

Trailblazing Store Design

Trailblazing Store Design

Mike Lawshe hates it when a c-store client says it’s “just” a convenience store. Lawshe, president and CEO of Paragon Solutions, a retail design firm based in Fort Worth, Texas, sees merit in look...

Trailblazing Store Design

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Kiosk ordering is a staple of the foodservice experience at Global Partners’ Alltown Fresh stores, but the company was careful about how it placed the kiosks to ensure customers knew how the ordering ...

Stores are going to get dirty sometimes—no matter what. “These stores take a ridiculous beating, and a big percentage of their clientele are construction workers who come into the store with boots jus...

With bigger lots to allow them to spread out, retailers are experimenting with outside seating. “We’re looking at more environmentally friendly spaces where it’s not just a big parking lot,” Lawsh...

Creative overhead lighting allows retailers to take advantage of the sun without investing in solar panels. “We are seeing more glass in total on locations, and that’s to encourage visual connecti...

Customers want to see themselves reflected in the places where they spend their time, and retailers are obliging with design touches that speak to the community. Nouria Energy, Worcester, Mass., i...

Transitioning from the grab-and-go model to a stay-awhile aesthetic means getting the logistics right. “How many parking spots do you have? How long are they staying? Have you just negatively impacted...

Anyone who has ever cleaned a bathroom knows the grout between the tiles is the most stubborn part to clean, and it traps odors. To combat this in c-store bathrooms, Henken suggests using rectified ti...

Beer caves used to be little more than a walk-in cooler with the doors removed, Lawshe says. It wasn’t perfect, but the setup was enough to start a trend. “In spite of the hellish look, they kind of w...

One way to communicate quality through design is with wood. Global Partners’ Alltown Fresh stores have swapped plastic display boxes for wooden crates and incorporated wood from demolished barns into ...

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