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Musgrave wins store design awards

Ireland’s Musgrave Group recently won the A.R.E. gold design award for Best Supermarket, for its flagship SuperValu store, in Blackrock, Dublin, and another for Best Convenience Store, for its Centra store in O’Connell Street, Limerick.

New store concepts for its SuperValu and Centra banners have seen Ireland’s Musgrave Group bag two prestigious design awards.

At GlobalShop 2016 – held in Las Vegas in March and billed as the world’s largest annual retail design show – the retail group walked away with the A.R.E. (Association for Retail Environments) gold design award for Best Supermarket, for its flagship SuperValu store, in Blackrock, Dublin, and another for Best Convenience Store, for its Centra store in O’Connell Street, Limerick.

In a press release, Musgrave said the awards recognise the very best in international retail design, “so we were up against some serious contenders on the global stage.”

“The SuperValu and Centra projects complemented the conference’s big focus on customer experience design and what it means for retail.

“The store concepts were acknowledged for responding to the new food trends on the rise, improving the in-store experience and truly differentiating themselves from competitors.

“Our SuperValu ‘Food Festival’ concept was recognised for celebrating the shared joy of food, with the renewed energy that champions quality, people, local and freshness,” it said.

SuperValu store in Blackrock, Dublin

According to design consultancy Household, among the features of the SuperValu store in Blackrock is the juice bar in the fruit and vegetable section, which it described as “another standout service experience where customers pick their own produce to be blended in-store.”

Household said Centra has shifted from ‘convenience store’ to ‘convenient eating destination’ with the new format store in Limerick.

“Centra had successfully held its own through the recession in Ireland, but as the economy improved the brand wanted to rethink its high-convenience (or ‘Hi-C’) format stores. Centra needed to compete for the new customer who has more money to spend and is interested in healthy living,” it said.

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Walmart supercentre revamp could shape future stores

Walmart says its revamp of a supercenter in Arkansas put put berries — a growing category — in the front of its Fresh department, while bananas, already a huge draw, are near the back to help lead customers through.

Walmart says it put a “new angle on fresh” as part of its recent facelift of a supercentre in Rogers, Arkansas.

Describing it as the first step toward the “supercenter of the future,” Walmart said the revamp put berries — a growing category — in the front of its Fresh department, while bananas, already a huge draw, are near the back to help lead customers through.

The retail giant said the revamp last year of supercentre #5260 included using purple signage in Fresh and throughout the store connects to an increase in organic products, along with improved sight lines and angled aisles.

In an article on the change, Walmart said other features of the refresh are:

  • Check Out Your Way: multiple options for checkout. Scan & Go supplies a wand so customers can scan items as they’re shopping. Hybrid registers can be self-service or manned by associates, depending on the need. And high-velocity checkouts — where a cashier scans items while the customer moves through the line to pay — are more than three times faster than conventional checkouts.

  • Pickup, Up Front: In-Store Pickup and Walmart Services share space up front at Store 5260. It’s clearly marked so customers can find it and get their orders quickly.

“Added into the refreshed look were several new approaches to technologies, services, products and layouts, which are currently being tested with customers.

“Early reports are positive, but it’s too soon to tell what’s working and what isn’t. What’s clear: Things that seem straightforward could show up in new stores or remodels. Store 5260 is simply the first step toward the supercenter of the future, but it’s critical to informing upcoming tests,” it said.

Source: http://blog.walmart.com/innovation/20160212/this-store-is-helping-reimagine-the-supercenter