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07.02.20 — design:retail

Flagships in the Time of COVID

Flagship locations have provided retailers a chance to use design principles to showcase their identity in a destination experience. Now, there is an opportunity for other stores to feel like a flagship by implementing their own enhanced shopping experiences, and tell a story unique to them by adapting some of these elements included in the following report.

06.24.20 — Business Insider

Starbucks is shutting hundreds of cafes and opening futuristic pickup-only stores in their place

In order to make coffee shops more accessible during the pandemic, Starbucks has plans to close 400 of their sit-down cafes and build 300 of their new pick-up locations. The new design is minimalistic with no seating, and customers place orders ahead of time using the mobile app to save on their waiting time inside the location.

06.24.20 —

Re-Imagining Retail – Why Re-Opening Shopping Centers Can’t Be “Business As Usual”

As retail starts to re-open after lockdown, shoppers want to be confident that the spaces they enter are taking the right steps to maintain a safe environment while easing back into the new normal.


06.03.20 —

Portland Cannabis Brand Serra Took Over an Auto Body Shop for Its First L.A. Dispensary

Transforming a previous auto-body shop into a dispensary decked out in wood and marble, a Portland cannabis brand, Serra, has found a home in Los Angeles. They have officially opened up for business during the recent covid-19 outbreak and their budtenders are ready to offer up their unique products in person and soon by delivery.

06.03.20 —

How COVID-19 could impact retail design: clean lines, clean spaces

Covid-19 has the opportunity to impact the future of retail design moving forward. With a focus on maintaining a more sterile environment for shoppers, this can translate into a modern space with clean lines and minimalistic architecture.

06.03.20 — Eater, Chicago

An Ice Cream Truck-Inspired Beer Van is Roaming Chicago

Sharing a couple beers doesn’t have to stop while on lockdown. Goose Island Brewing Co. in Chicago has created a mobile experience that can deliver beer right to your front door with the tune of nostalgic ice cream truck music, giving customers that instant satisfaction and a lasting impression.