Posts in Retail
Recreational Marijuana and the Special Permitting Process in Massachusetts

While the road to the legalization of recreational marijuana was a long one, it was signed into effect in July 2017. Now run and regulated by the Cannabis Control Commission, cannabis companies are required to go through a strict process with not only the Commission, but each City or Town in which the establishment will reside.

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How Digitally Native Brands are Reshaping Brick-And-Mortar: SPECS Show 2019

The term Retail Apocalypse has surrounded brick-and-mortar retail over the last decade following the bankruptcies and closings of several large North American department stores and retailers. While traditional retailers are facing an “apocalypse,” there is a revolution with digitally native brands into physical retail spaces.

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Turning Retail on its Head

The Retail Design Institute’s Boston Retail Guide 2018 Launch Party was held at the Trunk Club ClubHouse, located at 501 Boylston Street in Boston. In attending, not only did we get the chance to understand the ins and outs of the most beautiful retail stores in and around the Back Bay, but we got the full download to the Trunk Club and their Boston Clubhouse.

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THE FOOD HALL | Part One: Creating an Authentic Dining Experience

Enjoying a bite to eat in a common space is not a new concept. The Food Hall trend has lunch breakers, tourists and foodies in a craze, leaving mall food courts in the dust. In New York City alone, there are nineteen open food halls, with four having opened in the last year and five expected to open in 2018. With these food halls creating a major shift in the dining experience, we beg the question – what makes a food hall more successful than a food court?

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How to Survive the Retail Apocalypse

The battle between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar retail has reached apocalyptic proportions. At least that is what it feels like for the latter. This March, Hedgeye reported retail bankruptcies were at higher levels than what was observed during the 2008 financial crisis. High-profile chains like Gander Mountain, RadioShack, BCBG Max Azria, The Limited Stores and HHGregg have either filed for bankruptcy or Chapter 9 protection. Department stores like Macy’s and Sears continue to shutter locations across the U.S.

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3 Questions to Help Define Your Retail Design Experience Strategy

In designing retail spaces, our choices are consistently driven by the same set of factors: location, tenant mix, budget, and schedule.  While these critical elements are always taken into consideration, understanding what the retailers want their customers to experience is an important component that is frequently overlooked in the design for the built environment.

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Norwichtown Commons: Revitalizing a Community

Phase Zero Design was the architect for Norwichtown Commons, a successful 'de-malling' project that involved converting an indoor mall into an open air center in Norwich, CT. After construction, tenant rate skyrocketed to over 90% and the plaza experienced a large increase in foot traffic. Norwichtown Commons was awarded “Best Community Revitalization Project” at the 2014 CREW CT Blue Ribbon Awards Showcase.  Principal and Senior LEED architect, Matthew Wittmer, discusses the project:

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