Commercial Architecture August 2017 - 12

FEATURE

grocery stores

Grocerant is a term the industry is using
to describe the mash-up of grocery stores
and restaurants. An example is this Lowe's
Foods in Greenville, SC, designed by api(+).
Photo courtesy api(+)

more reasons to go to the grocery store with the added convenience

demographics and brand perception. Understanding this consumer

of a one-stop-shop. These additional services also give the grocers an

helps shape an ideal shopping experience," Longbrake said.

opportunity to sell higher markup goods and services. The in-store
dining and take-and-bake type meals are essential additions to large

LIGHTING AND EQUIPMENT

grocers who are catering to consumers who are busier than ever."

One of the factors influencing the creation of the shopping experi-

Youger related that the one big takeaway from a project that ca-

ence, aside from the physical layout, is lighting. The wide availabili-

tered to Hispanic shoppers was the idea of the whole family experi-

ty of LED lighting products has had a significant impact on the look

encing the store. "The families were making an afternoon of going

of modern supermarkets, not to mention the energy bottom line.

to the store with entertainment, dining, etc., creating multiple events

"Lighting in most traditional grocery stores has been the same

for the whole family to experience and enjoy. Ironically, this flies

for six decades because fluorescents were the most efficient way to

counter to the 'convenience' word that keeps getting mentioned. My

light the cavernous aisles and voluminous spaces common of gro-

thinking is that if you believe that online shopping will own more

cery stores of the past," api(+)'s Henken said.

of the center store-basic items-then what will you own? It had better be unique," he said.

COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE

AUGUST 2017

variety and quality of lighting throughout the store. It creates broad,

"Unfortunately most grocery chains have stayed so focused on

efficient coverage while allowing pinpointed and other unique light-

the functional side of things-stack it high and let it fly-that they are

ing techniques to highlight architecture, merchandise, displays, tex-

not keeping an eye out on what will really change them, Youger

tures, and signage. LEDs greatly reduce energy consumption and

continued. "Store experience has been routinely defined as wider,

heat load throughout stores," he added.

cleaner aisles; better and easier parking; and quicker checkout. New

"Lighting is the highest order of magnitude for us, as it can affect

technologies in the next five years will radically reshape these expec-

the consumer experience directly in ways other efficiency elements

tations and experiences. Amazon Go-type checkouts will eliminate

cannot," English said. "In our opinion and experience, the best

a constant frustration point. Shopper experience will be described

lighting is always natural. We aggressively incorporate natural light-

by not only in-store but also out-of-store tactics."

ing into our projects whenever and however it makes sense to the

"It is critical for grocers to understand the consumer, both in

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"The LED lighting revolution has allowed designers to expand

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture August 2017

Food Shopping Redefined
Architectural Photography
The Architects
Lighting & Electrical Products
Exteriors Products
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Building Technology Products
Interiors Products
Windows & Doors Products
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
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Commercial Architecture August 2017 - The Architects
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Commercial Architecture August 2017 - Lighting & Electrical Products
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Commercial Architecture August 2017 - Exteriors Products
Commercial Architecture August 2017 - HVAC & Plumbing Products
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Commercial Architecture August 2017 - Building Technology Products
Commercial Architecture August 2017 - Interiors Products
Commercial Architecture August 2017 - 62
Commercial Architecture August 2017 - Windows & Doors Products
Commercial Architecture August 2017 - Showcase
Commercial Architecture August 2017 - Index
Commercial Architecture August 2017 - Portfolio
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