Store Shopping: What’s On The List?


Opening a store is exciting, but it’s an awful lot of work. It’s not just a case of finding premises and paying down on a lease. You have a lot of research to do as to what equipment you need and before you throw your store doors open to the public you need to be ready!

You want your store to look well-stocked, professional and welcoming to the public. Attracting the customers is so important, and so we’ve got a huge list of things you need for your retail business. Think carefully about what your particular store needs alongside the costs of the items you want to buy. You could want all the bells and whistles alongside price gun labels, but if you don’t have the budget then there’s no point planning for it! Below we’ve got some of the items you may have missed out on your list, and why they’d be beneficial to your new retail store.

  • Signs. Every shop needs a sign to tell people where they are. You need to think about how bold you want to be with your exterior signage, but at the very least you need to make your signs match your logo and your colors. Don’t forget to think about interior signage while you’re at it; things like aisle signs to tell people where everything is needs to be considered.
  • Cash Register. It’s not just about cash, here, as you need to consider point of sale solutions with card payments, too. You’ll need to remember that you need a safe on site so that you can keep spare cash to hand so you won’t run out during the day.
  • Shelving. This will vary depending on the type of business you have, but check out these solutions for shelves and clothing racks specific to retail stores. There are many options available, so you need to have a vision for what you want your store to look like before you start shopping around.
  • Mirrors. Every store needs mirrors – especially if you are selling clothing or accessories. If you aren’t selling either of those things, consider what mirrors could do for your retail space. They can maximise the lighting, make the store as a whole look bigger and give you a chance to make the whole store look modern and unique.
  • Stationary. You may not be working out of an office, but that doesn’t mean you don’t think about stationary. You need to look at receipt paper, stickers for labels and gift-wrapping supplies, as well as equipment for printing vouchers. You can outsource this to other companies, but otherwise you should consider having the supplies on site!
  • Baskets. The one thing you mustn’t forget for your store is baskets or grocery carts. You want people to come in and browse, but you always want them to buy, too! Give them something to load up and people won’t be able to help themselves.

Opening a store is an experience you won’t forget, make it a good one and stock up with everything you need!


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