What Is Shop Fitting?
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Shop fitting is the profession involved with the process of preparing (fitting out) the inside and exterior of commercial and retail units, with equipment, fixtures and fittings.
In the past, shop fitting mainly consisted of installing shelves, counters and other basic fixtures that were necessary to store and display the retailer’s merchandise and was considered much less important to businesses. However, nowadays, most retail businesses understand the importance of modern, smart and attractive presentation, and therefore to keep it fresh and modern, change the layout and style of their retail shop on quite a regular basis.
Shop fitting and the emphasis on good interior design has also been identified by other types of business such as:
- Retail shops
- Bars, Restaurants and Leisure Centres
- Libraries and museums
Shop fitting is very complex process, and it will start with the planning of the business shop floor in accordance to what the space is being used for as this is a key requirement to ensure all the space is used to its maximum potential. Advice and guidance on store planning applications will also be important.
The next step will involve all the design work and layout of the retail outlet. Innovative design is even more important in today’s market if you are to stand out from your competitors, another reason for employing a shop fitting company with specialist designers and contractors.
Fixtures and fittings such as shelving, display cabinets, refrigeration units for supermarkets, will be carefully designed and planned. Air conditioning systems will be installed for a pleasant environment for your potential customers and workers. This will make the working conditions and the whole shopping experience a lot more pleasant.
Retail equipment will be sourced and installed. Shop fitting companies will design counters accordingly to their client’s requirements, incorporating friendly ergonomic design, that’s fit for purpose ensuring a professional image and a check-out that is an easy pleasant experience.
Lighting will better present your merchandise. It will show them in a fresh and bright visual appeal. Shop fitting contractors will assess the lighting requirements and provide the best and most cost effective lighting solutions tailored to your retail outlet.
Plumbing and electrical work will be carried to compliment all the designs and to ensure every aspect of the work is finished to the highest regulation, standards as well as quality. Suspended Ceilings or custom designed ceilings will be planned to meet the needs of the building design.
Finally, all types of Flooring, from vinyl to wood, will be discussed to ensure the correct suitability for a busy commercial environment.