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Business Aesthetics 101: Three Types of Stores

In this piece we will discuss the three types of retail shop layouts that are most common. So if you are a business owner set to open your own retail store and trying to find your style, keep reading.

Three Types of Retail Stores:

The most common three shop layouts are:
⦁ Counter Shop
⦁ Self-Service Shop
⦁ Hybrid Shop

Let’s take a closer look at each of these. We will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

1. Counter Shop

This is the type of shop where everything is behind a counter. In this setting, there will always be a sales person to attend to the customer’s needs and the merchandise can’t be picked off the shelves by the customers themselves.

Given below are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of shop.

The Good:

⦁ There is not much chance of shoplifting because goods aren’t in customers’ reach.

⦁ Only a few of each type of goods serve the purpose for display and the stock can be kept in storage.

The Bad:

⦁ More staff is required to cater to customers.

⦁ The service is slow.

⦁ There is very limited display space.

⦁ Due to slow service and mandatory interaction, sales might be low.

2. Self-Service Shop

In this type of shop all goods and merchandise are in reach of the customers. They can browse through the varieties and pick what they like themselves. Self-Service shops can also have self-service check outs. And so the customer becomes completely independent.

Given below are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of shop.

The Good:

⦁ There is very little staff required because it is ‘self-service’.
⦁ Customers can shop at their own leisure and take their time if they need to without hindering or slowing pace for others.
⦁ There are usually more sales.
⦁ The space can be fully utilized to display products.
The Bad:

⦁ There is more opportunity and room for shoplifting.
⦁ Maintenance of shelves, surveillance, and restocking them are all full time duties.

3. Hybrid Shop:

As the name suggests, this is a blend of both kinds of shops. Usually big departmental stores are hybrid. They have open areas with aisles and shelves for self-service as well as some goods that are sold from behind counters.

So if yours is a shop that is going to hold different kinds of items and goods then the hybrid shop model will be most suitable for you.

For this kind of shop it is a little difficult to outline the advantages and disadvantages because it includes both kinds of services.

One big factor in all this is of course budget. It depends on the size of your business and the amount of investment you can make, and also the space that is available to you.

If you are not ready to make a big investment into a retail shop, you can look into pop-up shops as well. There are spaces now available in malls and shopping centers that allow businesses to rent them out for small periods of time.

This is a good way to figure out whether a store is something you need for your business and if it will add some value to it. Before making any big investments it might be a good idea to test the waters first.

In this piece we will discuss the three types of retail shop layouts that are most common. So if you …

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