Here at ASF, our refurbishment contractors and designers have experience with fitting out all of these store types – from cafés and restaurants to supermarkets and newsagents – so we know exactly which layout works best for you. Here we provide some examples of the best store layout ideas for every business type. For some bespoke advice or to arrange for a free shop fitting consultation, get in touch today.

Retail store layout

Before you even put pen to paper, it’s important to consider just what you’re hoping to achieve with your retail store layout. If you run a supermarket or deli, your produce is likely to be perishable and largely low value, so it is imperative that you have a high turn-over of goods. Your store floor plan should reflect this goal.

Most supermarkets or delis adopt a Grid Floor Plan, which is an efficient use of space, utilising both the wall and shop floor areas. This retail store layout is a pretty familiar one for customers, which will promote a seamless shopping experience – they can easily locate what they need and quickly transact.

However, if you want to promote upsell and cross-sell opportunities within your store, you might want to go a different route. A racetrack layout is another good option, filtering customers through a pre-defined pathway so that they see everything on offer on the way to their desired purchase.

Clothing boutique layout

Before you design your clothing boutique’s layout, it’s important to give some thought to the type of customers you will be targeting. If you sell children’s clothes as a part of your range, it goes without saying that parents will probably be navigating your store, offspring-in-tow, so you’ll have to leave room for pushchairs. Likewise, if your target demographic are pensioners, you’ll have to allow space for walking aids and wheelchairs.

As a rule of thumb, larger clothing chains try to keep a space large enough for a double buggy or mobility scooter between aisles to aid customer traffic flow. However, if your space doesn’t allow this, you might consider adopting a Free Flow Floor Plan Store Layout, which can be easily changed depending on your in-store promotions.

This store layout is perfect for clothing boutiques as it helps to showcase small collections of merchandise, rather than large quantities of the same product. Lines are arranged at angles in order to catch your customer’s eye, promoting a more leisurely style of shopping.

Café layout

Your café layout will largely depend on the kind of business you run. Are you primarily a coffee shop? If so, your barista bar will most likely be the focal point in your café floor plan. You should make this the first thing your customers see when they walk in.

If you offer a range of hot food options, which are made to order, you should give some thought to your café kitchen floor plan. Will this form part of your main seating space? If so, you’ll need to be savvy about the size of the kitchen equipment you use to avoid reducing the number of covers you can hold. Can any of the food prep be managed elsewhere?

As cafés and coffee shops are often on the small side – at least when you’re starting out – it’ll be worth researching some small space design ideas from the outset. You’ll be surprised at how some clever storage solutions can save you some much needed space.  

For more advice on the best types of store layout to suit your business, get in touch now.