Contact

Oceanside, California

(651) 353-1928

nicoleklimek@cdsconsulting.coop

Expertise

Store Planning and Design, Interior Design and Marketing

Are You Ready to Compete? A crowded marketplace is the new reality

By Mel Braverman, Nicole Klimek, Jeanie Wells 184 May-June 2016 In the back of our minds we knew that [insert name of competitor here] was coming. It was only a matter of time before grocery chains would notice our happy piece of the natural foods pie. Co-ops are feeling squeezed, [...]

Beefing Up Your Marketing Plan: Making sure yours is still relevant

By Nicole Klimek, Joy Rust 184 May-June 2016 As competition creeps up to #1 on the “food co-op worry list,” many co-ops find themselves wondering how they can combat declining sales while not investing an arm and a leg in store labor and operations. Taking a look at the changing [...]

The Co-op as Thought Leader

Marketing and branding wizard for dozens of food co-ops and independent natural foods retailers, Nicole Klimek of CDS Consulting Co-op has a unique perspective into what it takes for a co-op to control their message and shape their branding in the broader community and online.

Getting the Design Right

By Nicole Klimek 174 September-October 2014 The store design process is easy to research, and the basics are easy to comprehend: –Programming –Design development –Construction documents and administration –Construction and installation –Project completion Follow this process, and voila! You have your dream store, right? Not quite. Before we dive in, [...]