As Convenience becomes an increasingly important factor in determining spending habits, Hypermarkets are emerging as a real power player in the apparel sector. The store design experience is key to how customers feel about supermarkets. So market leaders, like Tesco in the UK, need to continue to develop as potential customers change how they shop and what they expect from them.
What we did for Tesco’s Florence and Fred brand.
As part of a wider remit creating a new branding programme and retail interior design for two new Tesco hypermarket stores at Accrington and Welshpool, we were asked to design the Florence and Fred clothing departments.
The principal changes to the store design were: Lighting, merchandising systems, graphic communications and ‘colour therapy’. We introduced lots of colour to add warmth and interest to the store experience.
Our new ‘Every Little Helps’ pattern, seen in the banners, represents that Tesco offers something for everyone, from grocery to clothing - banking to healthcare.
Our ceiling ribbon design feature links key departments and helps customers to navigate the store.
We created a more intuitive and easy to shop customer journey. We also utilised dynamic high-level signage with inspirational photographic banners to form a gateway into the department.
Other design principles included the use of VM display points to clarify the product offered by gender. display fixture modification to provide a dynamic view of new season products and improved visibility of the cash desk.
We improved track lighting, which added emphasis to the product offer; there was a warmer new-look service point that reinforces credibility in clothing, and suspended signage highlighted service in clothing.