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How to create the perfect fit-out for your cold retail store

Business owner with retail cold storage

You’ve found the ideal location for your new retail business, whether that be a convenience store, farm shop, or butchers, and it won’t be long until you get the keys. The next step is to decide exactly how you want your premises to look, including a suitable design for your retail fit out and the specific fixtures and fittings that you will need to store and display your products.

This may seem like a daunting task, but with the help of a retail fit out company – such as ECS – it may be easier than you think. Here we offer a step-by-step guide to get you started and explore how we can help to get your business fitted out.

5 steps to create the perfect cold retail store fit out

  1. Do your research and devise a plan

Before you start your retail fit out, it’s important to do your research first and create a feasible plan. This will ensure that your project runs as smoothly as possible. You’re less likely to run into nasty surprises further down the line (e.g. realising that your new retail fit-out does not meet your business needs) and, in the long run, it can save you a lot of time and money.

Start by calculating a realistic budget and then think carefully about what you want to achieve with this money. Is brand identity important? Or do you want to focus on the day-to-day practicality of your retail space? Perhaps visit similar businesses in the area, get a feel for what you like and don’t like, and make sure to finalise your plans before any construction takes place.

  1. Partner with a reputable retail fit out company

This is, arguably, the most important decision you will make when fitting out your retail space. It is vital that you find a retail fit out company that you can trust with your business; someone who will deliver a fit out that is perfect for your needs, on-time and within the specified budget.

It’s also a good idea to find a company who can cover all aspects of your project. For example, here at ECS, we offer a full turnkey solution for all of our retail clients – including everything from cold room storage and refrigeration to display cabinets, flooring and LED lighting solutions. There’s no need to go to different contractors. We can take care of everything on your behalf and we will ensure the process is as quick and hassle-free as possible.

  1. Choose fixtures and fittings carefully

Fixtures and fittings are integral to your business’s successful day-to-day operation and, as such, it’s important to choose them carefully. You need to decide what type of cold storage is necessary (e.g. cold room or refrigerators), how many display cabinets are required, and which flooring is most suitable for your premises – and a good retail fit out company should be able to help with this.

For example, here at ECS, our project managers demonstrate a wealth of experience in the retail industry and can offer assistance in the planning stage of your project – offering tailored advice on the best fixtures and fittings and guiding you towards the perfect retail fit out for you.

  1. Select appropriate lighting

Lighting is an incredibly important aspect of your retail fit out and it shouldn’t be neglected. Not only is it essential to the safety and comfort of your premises, but it can also improve its overall appearance and will help to showcase your products in the best possible way.

Once again, with the help of a good retail fit out company – such as ECS – this isn’t something you have to figure out alone. Our team of experts will identify the correct level of lighting for your business’s day-to-day activities and can advise on the best LED lighting solution for the store.

  1. Review the finished fit out

This may seem like an unnecessary step, especially if you’re eager to open up and start trading, but it’s important to put aside a little time to review your retail fit out and ensure everything is in place.

Most retail fit out companies, including ECS, will conduct a thorough handover meeting. This is a chance for you to scrutinise the work that has been done and make sure that it is up to standard. It is also a fantastic opportunity to learn about your new equipment and exactly how it works.

Contact ECS for a full retail fit out package

Fitting out your new retail store may seem like an overwhelming task, but thankfully, ECS is here to help. As one of the UK’s leading retail fit out companies, we offer a full turnkey package of services and can help to get your business up-and-running and ready for trade, in no time at all.

If you would like to find out about the services we provide, please feel free to get in touch. Either call us today on 01527 834661 or send an email to

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