Create floor plan examples like the above called Convenience Store Layout from professionally-designed floor plan templates. Simply add walls, windows, doors, and fixtures.
How to Make a Floor Plan for a Convenience Store
You’ve got a number of issues to address when designing a floor plan for your convenience store. You want to make aisles convenient and attractive for customers while making sure you can watch the store for shoplifting, a more common occurrence in a convenience store than a store that sells large items like carpet or washing machines. Lighting, end caps and the checkout counter all add to the ambiance and practicality of your layout.
Use a diagonal layout for your aisles. According to the Management Study Guide, the slanted aisles make it easier for the cashier to keep an eye on all the activity in the store while maintaining his place at the register.
Locate the checkout counter near the doorway so the cashier can greet incoming guests and watch customers as they leave to provide an added layer of protection against theft. The cashier should be placed in the middle of the wall, adjacent to the entrance to effectively watch all the aisles and the door simultaneously.
Set up a coffee and self-serve drink spot that easily can be reached by the staff when necessary without taking them too far from the center of the store. Especially when you are by yourself or only have one employee working at a time, you need to be able to constantly pay attention to activity in the store to check out customers and deter shoplifters.
Measure the floor space and use a computer layout program or graph paper to place the shelves so that you know how many can fit in the space. Place racks and coolers along the walls, and leave sufficient space between the coolers and the nearby racks for customers to maneuver the doors and the passageways.
Calculate the amount of space on each rack to determine the amount of merchandise you can effectively place on the racks. Decide which items will go on each shelf, and prepare labels that clearly show prices, making shopping easier for customers. Situate impulse items on the end caps, or sell the space to vendors willing to increase your profits for the placements.
Place the most popular items in the middle of each aisle to promote depth in the customer’s shopping experience so they can see other items for sale. Situate items that customers typically purchase together side by side. For example, dips that don’t need refrigerating should be stocked near the chips. Place nuts and salty snacks on the aisles facing the drink coolers, and create space for pastries near your coffee machines.
• Choose floor tiles that direct customers to your most profitable aisles and create a welcoming atmosphere. Avoid bright white or gray floors that make people feel tired and weak, according to Retail Customer Experience. Use green in the entrance to set a relaxed ambiance, and consider shades of red tiles down the aisles that evoke an accelerated heart rate and sense of excitement.
• Consider your lighting arrangements as you design your floor plan. Provide sufficient lighting so customers can easily find their way through the aisles without being blinded by the lights. Spotlights on sale items and high-margin goods highlight those areas and guide customers to check out the displays.
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