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GROCERY STORE DESIGNS | CONVENIENCE STORE DESIGNS - Sainsbury's 20 by 20 plan

March 12, 2014


GROCERY STORE DESIGNS | CONVENIENCE STORE DESIGNS - Sainsbury's 20 by 20 plan
At Food Strategy we have designed and consulted to a huge range of grocery stores around Australia. Here is a short video of one we have been working on recently. It has a very small footprint and budget. Read on to find out what key initiatives Sainsbury's UK are taking on. Will Australia follow?


) We’ve noticed there’s a marked trend away from the major supermarket chains (Woolworths and Coles) to the friendly and unique experience only offered by a local convenience grocery store and farmer’s markets. IGA, Zone Fresh and NightOwl have embraced this trend with a team of independent business owners who are passionate about the service and products they provide.

The behemoth supermarkets will always feed the masses but they will struggle to provide for the shopper who seeks out a gourmet deli with locally grown olives, or ham cured by a regional farmer. Demand is increasing in the retail design space for organic produce and health conscious products. Convenience stores are no longer just a quick stop to collect emergency supplies of milk and toilet paper. Ready to eat meals and fresh ingredients require eye catching displays using environmentally effective refrigeration and storage equipment that are cost effective to run in the long term.

Refrigeration can be up to 40% of a stores energy costs. Keep an eye out for grocery stores moving away from open (coffin style) refrigeration to closed door and air-over displays. There are many solutions available from global manufacturers that will suit your foot print and stock which can be incorporated into your grocery store designs of any size.

Always a leader in grocery store sustainability and design is Sainsbury’s in the UK. With an aggressive vision of ’20 by 20’ - they aim to tick off 20 sustainability targets by 2020.

By phasing out harmful HFC refrigerants, Sainsbury’s is trialling the world’s first naturally refrigerated truck trailer to transport chilled and frozen foods. The CO2 refrigerated unit trial is part of the retailer’s review of its transport refrigeration plan to reduce its carbon footprint, which includes converting its stores to natural refrigeration by 2030.

“The new carbon dioxide technology has much less of an impact on climate change and we hope it will play a big part in helping us reduce our carbon emissions,” Nick Davies, head of transport operations for Sainsbury’s, said in a press release. “We will be monitoring its performance closely and if successful, in line with our replacement plan, it could help us save over 70,000 tons of CO2 compared to the current refrigerated trailer fleet.”
Read more about Sainsbury’s and their grocery store design and sustainability initiatives here or download their plan PDF here.

Need to know more about your franchise or independent convenience store - call 07 3354 2055 or drop us a line at news@foodstrategy.com.au .

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