Thursday, 28 March 2013

Big Plans for Leicestershire Shop Owner

Some people think it’s better to hold back on big projects and shop refits in this ever-changing financial climate, but not so for a Leicestershire man who has gone all out to convert a tired-looking furniture show room in Barwell into a fresh looking Londis store.

Before the refit 

As you can see this wasn't just a quick lick of paint or replacing a few ceiling tiles - the property needed a full refit and major building work. The shop was split in two with a brick supporting wall, and since this layout wouldn't work for a convenience store, the wall had to go...

Removing the wall opened up the whole the shop floor, providing an expanse of wall space which has been maximised buy installing large runs of multidec chillers and double door freezers.

Shop with stud wall

Shop with stud wall removed 

With the wall was taken out, steel support beams were added to take the weight of the upstairs floor and roof trusses. A new floor was added using light coloured floor tiles which give the property a nice bright feel - this was also necessary to make the floor level which made our job a lot easier when it came to fitting the retail shelving!

The whole of the existing ceiling was removed and a new suspended ceiling installed. Modern lighting was fitted and extra lights added to brighten the shop. All this work has really transformed the shop from an old dark building to a modern and inviting retail space.

Work in progress 

Retail shelving was added in between the chillers, including magazine shelving and wall shelving units. Two runs of gondola shelving was placed in the centre of the floor, adding direction and flow around the store. Finally, end bays were added to each gondola run to maximise the floor space and give a professional look.

Installation of Gondola Shelving 

Gondola shelving and end bay 
Gondola shelving 
A four metre counter was installed and wire stacking baskets added for crisps and confectionery items, helping to encourage impulse buys whilst customers queue at the till and allowing the store to maximise on sales.

Wire dump bins were also added around the store to fill awkward spaces and make the shop look more interesting. After all the retail shelving had been assembled it was clear to determine any blind spots around the shop and where CCTV cameras could be installed.

CCTV behind Counter 

Londis organised and fitted the shop front signs on the outside of the property which completely transformed the look of the old furniture showroom into a modern and inviting convenience store.

Then all that was left to do was merchandise the shop shelving and start trading! The
Shelving4Shops team wish them every success for all their hard work, and we look forward to working with them on their next projects.

Stocked Gondola and Wall Shelving 
Stocked Gondola Shelving

Shelving4Shops helped this Leicestershire shop owner by planning the store with him so he could get the most out of his shop shelving. If you need any help or advice on designing and planning your retail space, please call Shelving4Shops on 01455 221513 or email us at

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Store Advice Part 1 – The Basics

Opening a store can be a tricky business, particularly if it is your first store. Shelving4Shops is here to help every step of the way - from designing and planning to the supply of your retail shelving.

We know that ensuring customers have a great experience in your store means repeat business, and it's these regular clients that keep a store going through the good and the bad. In a series of blog posts we're going to look at some useful tips on setting up and maintaining a successful shop. Here's part 1 - the basics:

1) The Entrance – It might seem obvious but simple things like making the entrance to your store free from clutter is vital. Your entrance also needs to make it easy for pushchairs or wheelchair users to access the store. Shopping baskets should be located close to the front entrance and should be kept clean and in good order so that customers will want to collect one as they pass. Do you need to upgrade your shopping baskets, perhaps purchase some with wheels? Would shopping trolleys be required for your store? These are all questions that you should ask yourself when opening your doors for the first time.

2) The Walk Round – Take a walk around your store and look at things from a customer's perspective. Are the aisles wide enough for disabled customers? Will that box or pillar stop pushchairs getting through? When planning your shop it is easy to forget details like pillars and awkward corners, so if you have a complicated space make a real life floor plan. Spending half a day doing this can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. At Shelving4Shops we're more than happy to go over your floor plan with you to help you choose the perfect shop fittings and shelving to suit your requirements. Once the store is set up keep the floor free from obstructions and make sure your stock is placed neatly on your shop shelving so that nothing protrudes out into the aisle.

3) Lighting – A flickering overhead light is very distracting and can make your store look unmaintained. If you have faulty or blown tubes or lamps make sure you replace them as soon as possible. Be aware that insects can sometimes get trapped in your lighting, so make it part of your cleaning routine to remove these regularly. Good lighting is essential - a dark and gloomy store is not inviting so make sure you use all of the natural light available and keep your overhead and wall lights well maintained. Lighting can also be used to draw attention to your retail shelving or display stands if you have any special offers.

Old and Tired Lighting
New Bright and Clean Lighting 

4) Smell and Cleanliness – You know the trick of increasing the chance of selling your house by brewing coffee or baking bread or biscuits to make it inviting? Well the same applies to your store. The smell of a store really depends on what you are selling - for instance, a convenience store might have the smell of freshly baked bread or fresh fruit and vegetables as soon as you walk in the door, and a cafĂ© would do well to have the aroma of fresh coffee and cakes. Bad smells, on the other hand, can put customers off before they even reach the door. Make sure your store is clean and tidy, from the shop window to the store room. Nothing will damage your business more than a bad reputation and this can come from something as small as being untidy and badly smelling. 

5) Maintaining Standards – So many times we have seen stores open and be fitted out with brand new gondola shelving and magazine racks only to go back three years later and see a tired looking store with broken EPOS and grubby plastic strips, and, on occasion, dented or missing shelving. These things are of course likely to happen in a busy store, which is why Shelving4Shops not only sells complete shelving units but also their component parts, so if you're in need of a new shop shelf, brackets, or back panels just give us a call and we can help.
Old Worn Out EPOS
New Clean EPOS
At Shelving4Shops we pride ourselves on our all-encompassing services. We offer a planning service to all of our customers and will gladly advise you on store layouts. Please see the second blog in our Store Advice series for for more information on setting up your store.

If you need any retail shelving, magazine shelving, components, counters or other
accessories please visit our website, or call us on 01455

Friday, 22 March 2013

Pegboard Shop Shelving

Pegboard shelving is a great choice for stores with a wide range of products. Pegboard backing can be applied to wall shelving, gondola shelving and end bays to provide versatile shelving space for your stock, whatever it may be. Shelves and hooks can be attached at different heights to the pegboard to create a completely bespoke shelving arrangement so that you can stack, line up, or hang products according to your needs.

Pegboard shelving works well in convenience stores, pet shops, hardware shops,  jewellery and accessory shops, shoe shops, warehouses, and many other retail stores. The great thing about pegboard shelving is the ability to adapt the display according to the stock you have. Products can be displayed at a range of heights, and fixtures are often interchangeable with slatwall shelving, so if you decide to change your shop shelving at a later date, there's no need to buy a completely new set of shelving accessories.

We buy and sell new and used pegboard shelving at Shelving4Shops, so whether you're selling on pegboard shelving that you no longer need, or are looking for pegboard units to fit out your store, visit our showroom in Leicestershire or get in touch to find out how much you could save on your shop shelving with Shelving4Shops!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Shop Shelving Organisational Tips

When organising your shop shelving, it's important to think about the flow of your store traffic, the types of products you will be displaying, and the best way to maximise sales. You'll also need to consider keeping high-value items safe from theft, and fragile items safe from damage and breakage. Here are a few shop shelving organisational tips to help you to make the perfect plan for your store:
  • Make the best of your space. Create an efficient floor plan (Shelving4Shops can help you with this if necessary!) that utilises all the possible space in your store so that you have space for a good variety of stock.
  • Keep your shop shelving in good, clean condition. A neat and tidy shop is far more appealing than messy shelves in bad condition. If you need to update your shelving units give us a call - we also stock second-hand shop shelving (in excellent condition) if your budget is tight.
  • Make use of awkward areas and corners with dump bins and wire stacking baskets so that there is no wasted space. These types of shelving accessories are great for end-of-line stock, promotional items and products that do not stack well on a shelf.
  • Keep your shelves well stocked - half-empty shelves makes you store look as thought it's not regularly re-stocked and maintained. If you only have a small amount of a certain product left that you need to display, choose a small area or end bay to display them, or draw attention to them with a discount or promotion.
  • Place complementary items together to make it easy for customers to find what they need and to encourage additional purchases. For example: burgers and buns, snacks and soft drinks etc.
  • Keep valuables up high, behind the counter or within sight at all times. Similarly, keep anything breakable on high shelves to avoid them being picked up by children.
  • Use shelf risers and dividers to segregate products neatly and efficiently. This will not only make it easier for customers for find what they're looking for, but it will also make it easier for you to re-stock your shelves.
  • Choose the right kind of shop shelving for your products. Pegboard shelving is great for hanging small items and different sized products; gondola shelving helps to create aisles in your store and maximises shelf space; end bays help to make your shelving runs look neat and provide a space for promotional products.
If you need help planning or fitting out your store with shop shelving, refrigerated shelving, or shelving accessories, get in touch with us at Shelving4Shops for expert advice and a huge range of shelving options.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Book Shelving Stands for a Major Book Distributor

A major book and magazine distributor contacted us recently asking for a quote on book stand shelving for twenty sites around the UK and Shelving4Shops was able to offer them a 50% reduction on their existing quotation.

We began to roll out these new bookshelves earlier this month and have had great feedback. These book and magazine shelves are easy to install, sturdy and great value for money, and can also be uses for books, magazines and newspapers. 

Winning such sought-after contracts makes us proud of our fast, friendly and dedicated team. We are constantly looking for the best deal for our customers so that we can offer great prices as well as advice on lowering your costs.

The Shelving4Shops showroom is based in Wolvey and provides you with the opportunity to see our magazine shelving for yourself, as well as our extensive range of other shelving options. If you are thinking of opening a store, or planning a refit, bring along your plans and we can give you one-to-one experienced advice on layouts and maybe even come up with some extra ideas.

If you need to contact us or would like to order a magazine shelving unit, please visit our website or call us on 01455 221512.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Shelving4Shops Clear Used Shelving from the Olympic Village

It might not have been a gold medal event but it certainly was a golden opportunity to help dismantle some of the Olympic Village! This used shelving was easy to dismantle and with our skilled team on hand the job took us just a day complete.

Being so professional on site made the Olympic clean-up team’s job much easier and they were happy to see all of the shelving and uprights come down in a safe and timely manner.

Shelving4Shops is happy to quote for used shop shelving, and offer a dismantling service for larger stores, including supermarkets.

We not only offer used shop shelving but we are also able to supply and fit new wall shelving, gondola shelvingand accessories, so if we don’t have enough second hand shop shelving you could top up by mixing it with some new!

Why not visit us at or call us 01455 221512 and see what we have in stock?

Sunday, 10 March 2013

A Range of Shop Shelving for a New London Store

When Mr Patel first contacted us at Shelving4Shops he was amazed at our retail shelving prices - the quotes he had previously received at other stores were almost double!

Without hesitation he ordered several runs of high gondola shelving with a mixture of peg board and plain back panels with shelving to add an interesting feel to his shop.

Mr Patel also took advantage our high end bays allowing him to add stock at the end of his runs. When we had finished, the shop was looking smart, clean and fresh - ready for all the new stock he had coming in that day.

The Shelving4Shops team left a very satisfied customer, excited about his new venture and we all wish him the very best of luck!

If you would like any help on furnishing your store with new shop shelving including high or low gondola shelving, wall shelving, magazine units or shelving accessories, or if you are struggling with how to plan the layout your of store, please contact our team on 01455 221512.

If you already know exactly what you would like please get in touch or visit our website at and have a look at our extensive range of shelving.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Stacking Shopping Baskets Now in Stock!

New stock of shop shelving accessories just in! Shelving4Shops now offers a new range of black shopping baskets alongside our other stock of red, green and blue. These lightweight shopping baskets have flat handles for easy and comfortable carrying, folding flat when not in use. Shopping baskets are very useful to have in any small to medium size store to maximise the products customers can carry and purchase. After all, people are far more likely to buy more if they have an easy way to carry their shopping! 

Red Shopping Basket 
Our shopping baskets are hard-wearing easy to carry, durable and light. They are also easy to stack so you only need a small amount of floor space for the shopping basket stacker, enabling customers to collect one as they enter your store. The shopping basket stacker gives a clean and professional look to a stack of baskets by raising them off the floor and up to an easy height for customer collection. 
Shopping Basket Stacker 

New Range - Black Shopping Baskets 

Shelving4Shops can supply your retail store with shopping baskets and shopping basket stackers as well as all kinds of other shop shelving accessories, from wire dump bins to stacking baskets and vegetable racks, all of which add interest and variety to any store.

Why not visit our website at and see what else we can offer you? Alternatively call us on 01455 221512 or visit our showroom in Leicestershire.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Shop Shelving Showroom and Planning Service from Shelving4Shops

At Shelving4Shops we always strive to provide a great service over the phone, but did you know you can also visit our showroom and see for yourself the quality of our retail shelving and accessories? Here at Shelving4Shops we want you to buy the right shelving for your retail establishment and we know it is sometimes hard to visualise size, quantity and specifications over the internet or phone. When you visit our showroom we can sit down with a tea or coffee and talk through your plans to see exactly what shop shelving you need. Our planning service helps you to find the right type of shelving to suit the different products you stock: whether you need peg boards to hang your batteries, end bays to store your promotional goods or magazine shelving to store your newspapers and cards, we have the right solution for you.

 Not only can our experienced and professional team suggest ways to save you money and time, but we can also help you plan your shop to get the most out of the space you have available. Simply bring us the dimensions of your store and a plan of where your doors, windows and refrigeration units will be, and we can work out the rest. Viewing the showroom can also give you other ideas - something as simple as dump bins or vegetable racks can add an interesting feature with the ability to hold extra stock or special offers to keep your customers coming back to your store time and again.

The Shelving4Shops showroom is based in Leicestershire with easy access off junction 1 of the M69. If you come in a suitable vehicle you can visit the showroom and collect your order on the very same day or we can arrange delivery for you.

Our showroom is open on weekdays from 9am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.  So, if you are unsure if you want a 1.4m, 1.6m, 1.8m or a 2.1m gondola, come and see the difference for yourself. You can also view our wall shelving, corner units, stacking baskets, accessories, brand new counter range and the rest of our extensive shelving selection.

Why wait? Come and visit the Shelving4Shops showroom today and speak to one of our experienced team. Alternatively visit our website at or call us on 01455 221512.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

What's the Story? Shelving4shops in Balamory!

Do your kids watch Balamory? You might recognise this corner shop from one of our recent jobs then... The old converted church which was used as a convenience store in Tobermory sadly had to close its doors last year. With no help locally, the Shelving4Shops team was called in to take away the used shop shelving and multideck chillers.  Being based in Leicestershire and having good travel connections all around the UK this was no problem. The winding roads of the small village did however pose a particular issue for an articulated lorry with a forklift strapped to its back! Permits needed to be granted to allow the large vehicle through the streets of Tobermory but our team was able to sort all of this for the shop owner so he had no need to worry.

A forklift truck was brought in for the heavy lifting and as you can see it was a bit of a tight squeeze through the old church door but nothing the Shelving4shops team couldn't handle...

As the shop had been used as a convenience store there were a lot of chillers and fridges to be removed as well as used gondola and wall shelving. The lorry was ready and waiting and the dismantling of the store took just a day to complete.

While it is sad that the shop had to close its doors, the new owners have decided to turn this beautiful old building into a restaurant and tea room, and so we wish them every success with the new business.

Second-hand shop shelving is available to purchase from Shelving4Shops. We are always on the lookout for quality used shop shelving so if you have a store closing and would like a quote on your second hand shelving, please send us some photos and details to

Alternatively if you would like to buy used shop shelving for your store, please call us 01455 221512 and we can let you know what we have in stock.

Why not look at our website for all of your shelving needs at or call us on 01455 221512 and our team will be happy to help.