By Nicole Klimek, P.J. Hoffman 196 May-June 2018 Like the simpler store reset, a store remodel may bring a new format, new fixtures, and new merchandising to the retail area. But a major difference is that a remodel involves construction and usually a fresh interior design—flooring, lighting, wall finishes, decor, branding, and [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
One of the first things people will experience about your co-op is its logo. And in today's world of instant visual gratification, what people see plays a role in whether they decide to go to your co-op or to your competition. Will your logo make the cut? Stand Out - [...]
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.
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A checklist of what you need to keep in mind as you plan a new or remodeled store. Interior design is how your customers SEE you store. It contributes to your brand and your customers shopping experience which leads to sales!
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, [...]
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