With the UK retail industry going through some turmoil, traditional bricks and mortar shops have had to up their game; providing customers with more than just a shop to visit. Shifts in consumer habits have driven retailers to make changes to their stores to increase footfall, and one of the ways they’re doing this is by creating concessions stores for convenience.
For example, in 2017 Vision Express announced its acquisition of Tesco Opticians, adding 200 stores into its estate and prompting an intensive refurbishment project. Westgate were awarded the hoarding roll-out project for all store refurbishments including; delivery, hoarding installation and demount, installation of disruption graphics, collection, cleaning and re-delivery. Every store in the UK and Ireland needed to be updated in the five month project schedule, and with some stores being in remote locations in the Isle of Wight and Scottish Highlands, this meant extensive planning was key.
The implementation of a new offering within a large number of retail locations can be tricky. This is due to the logistics of multi-store roll-out projects being quite complex, especially when the aim is to keep disruption for the customer to an absolute minimum.
New in store launches for things such as concessions are often fast paced with steadfast deadlines and tight turnarounds. With this in mind it’s important to adopt a rigorous approach and ensure you have the correct products on hand at the right times, in order to complete the project.
Westgate have worked with many retail companies, assisting on multiple store roll-out projects supplying and installing, Hoardfast our temporary screening product.
Our Hoardfast range is a quick to install, modular, free-standing or floor-to-ceiling, reusable, internal partitioning system available in a variety of panel, support feet and stability options. Panel heights are available between 1.12m to 5m as standard and widths from 30mm to 80mm. Panels also have varied fire ratings and certifications are available upon request.
The panels are lightweight and easy to erect (using a simple tongue and groove design) which makes the whole installation process much quicker and more efficient. It also means that disruption to the retail environment is kept to a minimum for the customers. This is especially key if the number of stores are being installed at any one time.
Hoardfast PVC is also manufactured using up to 85% recycled materials and the ability to hire and reuse the product means that there is no on site waste, an important part of any eco-friendly construction project for companies. At end of life the panel is also recycled to create a range of new plastic items, including new Hoardfast panels.
At Westgate we can take care of everything including delivery, hoarding installation and demount, installation of disruption graphics, collection, cleaning and re-delivery. Our large UK stock also means that we can provide next day delivery of Hoardfast products as standard.