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

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