QSR Retail Design Trends Compete with Fast-Casual

Posted Monday, February 01, 2016

Arby's new store design:
Arby's new store design: "deli-inspired deliciousness"

In case you haven’t noticed, several major fast-food restaurant chains have undergone, or are undergoing, fancy transformations in the design of their retail environments- inside and out. McDonald’s, KFC, Wendy’s Arby’s, Chick-fil-A and others, are hardly recognizable these days. And, that’s a good thing.

Cheap, fast-food is no longer the lure that it once was. Today’s consumers not only want healthier, fresher food options, but they want an elevated dining experience - or, at least the impression of one. Fast-food restaurants, technically called Quick-Service Restaurants or QSRs, are meeting these demands to remain competitive with the rapidly growing fast-casual concept (think Chipotle and Panera). QSRs are refreshing, remodeling, or rebuilding their stores to incorporate a more upscale, sleek, modern dining experience that includes comfortable seating, flat-screen TVs and even fireplaces.

Blurred lines between fast-food and fast-casual

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Tags: food service , KDM Retail , Quick Serve Restaurant

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Fashion Retail Embraces Food Service to Drive Sales

Posted Friday, January 15, 2016

Shop. Eat. Repeat. [Photo: Kohl's Cafe]
Shop. Eat. Repeat. [Photo: Kohl's Cafe]

Fashion retailers across the board are adding in-store food services as a means of replacing lost business in their brick-and-mortar stores. Target, Kohl’s, Urban Outfitters, Armani, and Burberry are just some of the fashion industry retailers adding Coffee Shops, Café’s, Bristro’s, Bakeries, Upscale Restaurants and even Bars to the shopping experience.

Why? To Drive Traffic, Increase Dwell Time & Gain Share of Course

Offering food and beverage options to shoppers creates an experiential, convenient, and immersive customer experience that boosts foot traffic, increases dwell time in the store and enhances the brand experience. All of which are important goals for any segment within the retail vertical, including fashion.
The idea is simple. If shoppers are content- not hungry or thirsty, they’ll shop longer, thus buy more. The concept offers shoppers the convenience of providing two social activities rolled into one. This strategy also gives shoppers an

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Tags: fashion retail , food service , millennials

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