Supermarket Floor Layout: 3 Ways to Maximise the Space

A man shopping in a grocery storeThe final design layout of your supermarket should keep a balance between maximum space utilisation and the seamless flow of traffic. Excessively large open spaces may be an indication of floor space wastage. On the other hand, a congested supermarket may be a result of either poor layout or inadequate space.

Shelf Layout

The type of shelf arrangement used in a supermarket determines the achieved degree of space utilisation. Before designing your supermarket’s layout, consult supermarket shelving suppliers to assess the shapes and sizes of shelves that suit your space best. You may opt for custom-made shelves to allow your team to design a more creative floor arrangement meant for improving your customers’ shopping experience.

Product Arrangement

The arrangement of commodities in a supermarket is vital to ensuring that customers can locate the goods they want with ease. Place similar products in a common section. Such an arrangement not only increases the ease with which buyers conduct their shopping but also allows them to compare the prices of substitute products. Consider providing section labels through which customers can easily navigate around the supermarket.

Entry and Exit Points

A supermarket should have separate entrance and exit points for easy access of customers. A supermarket should also have several fire escape points, which are important in case of an emergency. Supermarket staff and customers alike will be able to leave the building faster without the need for crowding at the exit points.

When designing your supermarket layout, begin by putting it on paper. Where possible, get a model representation of the expected layout. That should then be followed by a critical analysis of the design to ensure that it meets all the requirements before you begin with the installation process.