Written by Lyndsey Dennis
Habitat has launched its 35th and largest new Mini Habitat store in Chichester. The 520 sq m concept store is the largest to be opened by the brand since it started rolling out its Mini Habitat project in Homebase stores in 2012.
The space will showcase a new retail concept developed by Polly Dickens, creative director at Habitat; Graham Copeland, creative manager and in-house designer Matthew Long. The store design includes bespoke fixturing designed to enhance the sense of space and light and uses digital technology to create an immersive store environment for customers by incorporating interactive touch screens and video walls. New features include bold, checkerboard flooring, a statement chair wall featuring best-selling designs, a large gallery space and a bold cash desk design.
‘The Mini Habitat project has allowed us to extend our physical presence across the whole of the UK making us more accessible than ever with 38 different store locations,’ says Clare Askem, managing director of Habitat. ‘These stores have supported strong sales growth for us and this year we’re looking to continue this expansion meaning that customers are able to interact with Habitat products and staff more conveniently in locations stretching from Cornwall up to Scotland.
‘As our digital business continues to grow, we’re seeing that there is still a demand from consumers for physical showrooms that allow interaction with product before purchase and allow shoppers to immerse themselves in a Habitat environment. Chichester is a particularly exciting project as it offers us an opportunity to trial a new visual concept for these stores on a much larger scale and means that we can look to incorporate successful new elements from this design into our other Mini and flagship stores in the future.’
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Convenience store design must always start with the customer says Spar head of retail Ian Taylor. Matthew Valentine reports
Spar head of retail Ian Taylor tackled the difficult question of what convenience store customer want, and how that shapes store design, during his conference session at Retail Design Expo.
“What does the customer want from a convenience store? Not surprisingly, they want everything,” he told conference delegates. “They want convenience, whether that is car parking or opening hours; they want value for money, that’s very important. And local products are now playing an ever increasing part in our store design and layout.”
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Retail Design Expo will be back at Olympia on 9-10 March 2016.
Pictures: Matthew Valentine
Andy Thornton have developed a great range of fashion hanging rails and now they have also added some great fashion accessories kit, like handbag stands and jewellery kit.
Take a look at the whole collection be clicking here
George Bernard Shaw once said that there is no sincerer love than the love of food. What better way to celebrate Harrods love of food than with a Food Halls takeover of our Hans Crescent windows…
Throughout this month, feast your eyes on exotic creatures pilfering a selection of fine goods.
Visit their website at www.harrods.com
How does color affect you? It has been known to change moods, movements, and even appetites. To tug on emotions and transform what we see as beautiful. Every shade and hue evokes something special, but it’s when you bring them all together—as we’ve done in our new windows—that they truly bend, leap and dance in harmony. We invite you to stop by your local store to behold the spectrum, in all its forms.
Visit their website at www.anthropologie.com
Bay Harbour market is situated on the water’s edge in the old authentic part of the Hout Bay Harbour and comprises more than 100 stalls in an old fish factory, including external tented alleys and courtyards.
The story of Bay Harbour Market starts with two friends, Paul Rutzen and Anthony Stroebel, and their trip to visit the old fish factory in Hangberg. Say’s Anthony Stroebel, “We discovered the building….and realised that it served as a perfect platform from which to begin to uplift the area, uplift the community…and in the process celebrate the vibrancy and creativity that is so unique to SA, Cape Town and, indeed, Hout Bay”.
Take a look
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The meeting place is a cafe snuggled away on the first floor of an old Dutch Malay building in Simon’s Town, which is a little fishing village in south western Cape Town.
The owners have created a superb cafe where locals and tourists can meet, eat and drink good coffee.
The interior design is simple and cosy with lots of great ideas to borrow from, take a look.
When Edgar Weylandt opened his furniture store in 1964 in Windhoek, Namibia, he could not have foreseen that his brainchild would grow into a national retailer with branches in South Africa and Namibia.
Edgar’s son, Chris Weylandt, was the catalyst for this phenomenal growth. After qualifying as a CA, Chris worked in the family business in Namibia during the early nineties. He then relocated to South Africa to set up a manufacturing plant in Cape Town. In 1999 he opened the first Weylandts Homestore in Durbanville.
The store was an instant success, and in the new millennium more Weylandts stores opened in Green Point, Knysna, Fourways, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Menlyn and Umhlanga Ridge. The Weylandts name rapidly became synonymous with quality contemporary furniture and innovative designs. was invited to furnish the prestigious opening of CNBC in South Africa and sponsored the reality TV show Big Brother, as well as the much-anticipated House of the Year Awards.
Today, Weylandts is firmly established as the leading furniture and décor retailer in southern Africa, offering clients contemporary quality designs sourced from around the world and showcased in a beautiful environment where space and natural light enhance the inspirational merchandising.
Haas is a creative collective which just happens to also have a fabulous coffee shop on the ground floor of their building.
It not only seems coffee but is a showcase for some of their designers work which can also be bought.
The interior design is on trend with a mix of upcylced furniture in a pared back building with hints of retro and steam punk all rolled into one.
The haas collective,
19 Buitenkant St