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Locavore | UK
A LOCAL FOOD ECONOMY
Converted from a closed down pub, the local food store preserves the space as a community hub. The brand aims to get customers and locals to reduce waste and think about where their food comes from. Profits are reinvested in the business to build a more sustainable food system.
Household takeout: This store is intent on continually evolving how it serves its customers, with plans to adapt conventional shelving systems to make it easier for customers to dispense specific quantities of loose product into reused containers.
Sculpture Placement Group | UK
INCREASING ACCESS TO ART
Art Adoption project connects artists with offices and public spaces to give hidden work a new lease of life. Set up like an IKEA showroom rather than an art gallery, the space helps prospective adopters visualise how the art could work in a more corporate environment.
Household takeout: Using excess space to showcase local creative work can drive footfall and provide an opportunity for community engagement.
GOING PLASTIC FREE
Experience Strategy Director Sian Novakovic joined Retail Design World to discuss retailers like Iceland going plastic free.
As Sian says, “The push for less packaging has huge operational implications behind the scenes and this could have a knock-on effect for store environments.” To make a plastic free future work most effectively, retailers will need to think beyond internal policies of waste reduction and effect wider change to customer shopping habits.
BAaD | UK
BRINGING IN NEW FOOTFALL
8/10 British customers prefer independent businesses. (Business Matter, 2017)
BAad focuses on preserving the area’s heritage with the A’Chaltainn fish restaurant paying homage to the location’s fish market roots. Community building is key; the brand collaborates with tenants like Braw Wee Emporium to co-host event and workshop days, maximising revenue and visibility for all partners.
Household takeout: Brands can bring in partnerships with local producers to create an independent feel. Remembering the local customer at the heart of the offer will prevent alienating the original community during regeneration projects.