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Store Planning and Design
Expert: Julie King
I am interested in finding printed materials on what constitutes a good store layout. Where should fixtures be placed? Where should categories of product be located?
Julie King answered:
To answer your question I did a number of keyword searches, and found the following, which should help you.
This is the site of a publisher that specializes in "... providing retailers, advertising professionals, architects, store planners and visual merchandisers with an easy and affordable way to see what's new and successful in their particular fields.". There are two main sections to visit here: books and publications. Under the books section you will find a wide variety of books. Under publications there are three magazines that would seem to meet your needs Retail Ad World, Store Planning & Design Review, and Views & Reviews.
You can receive a free catalogue from Retail Reporting by filling out their online questionnaire at:
I then looked on Amazon.com, where I found a number of books on this topic
Influencing Sales Through Store Design (Mellen Studies in Business, V. 14)
ISBN 0773475982 2001 Back Ordered @ Amazon
Dynamics of Property Location (may not be exactly on topic)
ISBN 0415246458 not published yet - due out this September
Retail Impact Assessment - A Guide to Best Practice
ISBN 0415216664 2000
The Budget Guide to Retail Store Planning and Design
ISBN 0944094104 1995
Store Planning/Design History, Theory, Process
ISBN 0471594881 1994
Retail Store Planning and Design Manual
ISBN 087102117X 1980
I also found several used books available for sale, including:
Designing to Sell - A Complete Guide to Retail Store Planning and Design
ASIN 0070038880 1990
You may wish to check your local library system first before buying these books. The prices and availability of used books vary, so it is best to log in directly to Amazon's web site:
I hope that these book lists will be useful to you.
About the author
Julie King is the co-founder and managing editor of CanadaOne, Canada's first small business portal.