Mixed Merchant – Satellite Branch

February 28th, 2008 by haydn



Mixed Merchant – Satellite Branch

CHALLENGE

The client had started as a hard landscaping and fencing specialist, tucked away just off the green in a small hamlet ‘out in the sticks’. The business was developing but was being restricted by the site and its location. A small warehouse unit became available on a good sized site in the nearby town.

RESPONSE

The existing, light industrial, warehouse was just about big enough to take about 60% of the stock requirement taking into account that ‘the planners’ were not keen on much stock being stacked outside. The spin-off benefit of this is that the customers got dry timber etc.! We designed a warehouse to ‘tag on’ to the existing one, forming an L-shape’, and removed most of the hotch-potch of mezzanines that were in the existing warehouse – just retaining one for admin offices.

RESULT

The new building provided the remaining 40% warehouse requirement + allowed the client to significantly expand his lightside offer, including dipping his toe into the kitchen & bathroom market with a basic showroom. The warehouse was intended for self selection also, so the trade counter & sales office was located as a ‘hub’ between it and the self selection area with plenty of windows to ‘manage’ the outside and a covered bulk collections area. The shop used integrated long-span shelving to use the cubic capacity and project a macho trade image.The sales budget was doubled in the first year – with which the client is obviously delighted and we are in the process of retro-fitting a mezzanine over the existing showroom area to create a first floor bathroom showroom and ground floor kitchen showroom.

UPDATE

Mezzanine installed and fitted out, winning the Builders Merchant Awards for Excellence:

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We have 20+ years experience of designing, developing, improving storage, handling and display facilities for merchants and diy retailers. We work for the small, one-branch, independent merchants right up to the national groups and DIY 'sheds'. It doesn't matter if it's just improving a trade counter, sales area OR designing a timber store OR a complete greenfield 15 acre site, new-build flagship branch with a 15,000 M² showroom, trade counter, warehouse complex, that's what we do!