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Old 17-01-2007, 07:21 PM
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Shop Fittings

Are there such companies that manufacture shop fittings, counters, tables etc. Thought of Ikea type kitchen units, tops, but would like to get some units off the peg that are designed for the job, or does it have to be a shop fitting company that makes the design.
Ive looked on the web but need some direction
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Old 21-01-2007, 04:41 PM
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shop fittings

Hi Planter,
Think very wisely when buying. Years ago,we had the shop fitted by professionals, I think we paid about £7,000.
I really wished we hadn't. It looked good, but it was all static. On hindsight, I would rather have bought seperately, then at least you can have a complete change around.
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Old 21-01-2007, 09:56 PM
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Shop fittings!

Yes, there are loads of specialist shop fitting firms in the UK. If what you are
after is a brand spanking new image and you have the resources, then that may be the way to go. It doesn't come cheap though. Forget about IKEA value here. The last time I went down that road was twenty years ago when we fitted out 4 fruit & veg shops at around ten grand each. It's a slightly different scenario though. The fittings had to be functional,easy to clean and had to display the goods properly. Because of the nature of the goods it was a pretty uniform fit right around the shop and the design had been tried and tested many times. Floristry is a little different. You can't just load them onto shelves as they do in Dutch lorries. (It would be a darn sight easier though!) I suppose if i was starting from scratch again with a clean canvas,(who knows, I may end up doing that on the other side of the world) I would think very hard about what i was going to sell, how i was going to display it, how the shop would function day to day, what work areas i would need, how much room for customers, how i would keep it clean and tidy, etc etc.
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Old 21-01-2007, 09:57 PM
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Your Customers!

Also bear in mind that your approach to the trade may well change as you go along to suit your expanding customer base. By this i mean that you may well start out with an idea of the sort of shop you would like and the type of customer you would like to serve along with the range of products you would like to sell. This can be a bit like planning the rest of your life at primary school. In some ways your direction will be influenced by the demands and choices made by your customers. Let's face it. You will have a reasonably static customer base within x miles of your shop. If they don't like what you are doing, you won't be able to ask them all to move so that a new lot of people can move in. So by all means, have a vision, have a goal, and work towards it, but be prepared to adapt at a moments notice. Sometimes, survival on the high street depends on it. So with this in mind, are you prepared to invest thousands in new shop fittings, knowing that you may want to change things around in the future. Large corporates will do this every couple of years, but they can well afford it.
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Old 21-01-2007, 09:58 PM
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The Basics!

So, start with your blank canvas which is three walls, a window, a ceiling and a floor. Get these looking good first and you won't need to lay out cash on things that just serve the purpose of covering them up. There are a lot of choices here we can cover later. Then think about how you are going to work, Are you going to do make up in the shop area or in a room out back. How much work area do you need, what sort of surfaces and what size. Think about all the materials that need to be close to you. Think about all the rubbish that you don't want people to see. Where you locate the checkout/till can be critical. Put it by the door and a lot of people won't ever see what's at the back of your shop. (I'm guilty of this one!) It's also a security risk as it's so easy to just walk through the door and open your till. (I've sort of covered this by having an extra deep counter)
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Shelving!

Do you need shelving? are you going to stock vases, sundries etc. Some of my vases are 3 foot tall and the only safe place is in the window. I have adjustable shelving, albeit twenty years old and in need of replacement, but if I alter it to suit the taller items I end up with a lot of wasted space. Another problem..at times I can have upwards of fifty buckets of flower in the shop which means getting to anything on the shelves requires very long arms or moving stuff out of the way. Anything on the lower shelves is hidden by the flowers.
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Old 21-01-2007, 10:00 PM
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Flooring!

You will probably have either have a suspended timber floor or a solid concrete floor. How will you cover it. There's vinyl tiles, heavy duty continuous vinyl, ceramic tiles, carpet and lots of other materials. I used to have vinyl tiles and yes they do the job, easy to clean and water spills aren't a major disaster.
When they started to look shabby, I opted to lay ceramic tiles. Major cash outlay, but they don't show any sign of wear, they are easy to clean, I can push buckets across them without doing any damage and water won't do any harm.
You can go for commercial carpet. It looks smarter (when it's new!) but you'll most likely have to opt for a darker shade to hide the inevitable stains, and any water spills will be a headache.
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Old 21-01-2007, 10:14 PM
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Lighting!

This is really important. If it's an old shop that still has old style wired fuses, get in a sparky to update it with circuit breakers and check out the wiring. You're going to be adding stuff to the load so you don't want problems here. Most modern leases insist on an electrical inspection any way. The cheapest form of lighting has got to be florescent tubes, but they don't really do a lot for lighting up your display. You also have to remember to renew the tubes every few years as they do tend to weaken. There's an enormous range of light fittings available so it's worth shopping around and taking some advice to get the right fittings for your shop. When i photographed my shop from the other side of the road, it looked as though all the lights where turned off. When i do a coffin spray in the shop it looks nice and full, but as soon as i take it out into the daylight, i can see all the gaps. So maybe have some extra spotlights that you can turn on when you are doing things.
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Old 21-01-2007, 10:26 PM
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Power!

You can never have too much of this!. Years ago, a double socket was adequate. You just swapped plugs when you did something different. These days you need so much more. What you don't want is to have trailing adapters all over the place.
So what do you need power for? Tills, electronic scales (they do come in handy), pc, printer,router, fax, glue gun, kettle, phone charger, telephone, hot water heater, blow heaters, credit card terminal, radio, sandwich toaster, vacuum cleaner and anything else you may need.
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Old 21-01-2007, 10:36 PM
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Display!

How fortunate we are! Other businesses have flowers bought in to brighten up the place and make it more attractive. We don't need to do that, we have a shop full. So probably the most attractive commodity in the world! Hence you don't need to worry too much about expensive fittings to make the place look nice. You can do it every day with your stock. What's more you can change it every day if you like. So when you think about fittings, think about items that will make it easier to display the flowers. Don't worry too much about what the shop looks like when there are no flowers in it.
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