A number of presentations at this year’s NRA Show in Chicago focused on how supermarkets and c-stores can build on some key elements of restaurant design to create a dining experience customers will seek out.
In other words, the combination of upscale design and finer dining options can be leveraged to make a supermarket or c-store a destination where customers feel welcome to stay, dine and enjoy.
“Consumers care about what the experience is like, and 90% of the information sent to the brain is visual,” Tré Musco of Tesser, a brand strategy design firm, said. “People form judgments instantaneously. In terms of design, perception is reality.”
But Tre Musco and other presenters also noted that, if a store is to become a place to enjoy a meal, customers must perceive it as such.
Some of the steps retailers will need to take in order to accomplish this include:
- Lead with change… go beyond just “adding a few tables and chairs” and create a warm, comfortable, and alluring dining area.
- Pay attention to details… such as food displays, lighting, and even restrooms. “Restrooms really matter,” Musco said. “Customers 100% judge your freshness and cleanliness on your restrooms.”
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