The Biggest Challenge Facing Independent Cannabis Retailers

Posted on March 17, 2021 by Carm McCormick
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The Biggest Challenge Facing Independent Cannabis Retailers

Posted on March 17, 2021 by Carm McCormick
 

For independent recreational cannabis retailers, early success often lies in opening a new store fast and on a tight budget.

“Retail Ready” is more than a moment in time; for independent recreational cannabis stores, it’s a mindset.

But let’s take a step back – what exactly is “Retail Ready”? In short, it’s the term we coined to describe what it really takes to turn an empty commercial space into a fully operational store, on a tight budget, in a matter of weeks.

WHY RETAIL READY IS THE FASTEST AND MOST COST-EFFECTIVE WAY TO BUILD OUT A STUNNING STORE.

Opening a new location is one of the most exciting (and stressful) times for retailers. And often overlooked is the design/build process.

As one of Canada’s largest retail environment design/builders, we know what it takes to open a new retail location. And having watched countless independent retailers fall into the same traps, struggles, and setbacks, time after time, we wanted to simplify the whole process.

The truth is that all retailers have big plans for their space – after all, it’s a reflection of their ideas, their standards, and their brand. And while everyone has big plans – most startups and independent retailers have to focus on the timelines and the budgets – so they can make the most out of what they have.

But the flip-side to being so focused on time and budget means that independent retail locations often look cheap, mismatched, or thrown together. This, of course, communicates to every customer that walks through the door that their ideas, standards, and brand is… cheap, mismatched, or thrown together. Not the look and certainly not the image we want to put out to the world.

And this is where the Retail Ready approach shines. We’ve audited thousands of store design/builds we’ve completed over the past three years to find the most effective floor plans, the most durable build materials, and the most desirable looks, colours, and finishes to create a custom-template hybrid approach.

With Retail Ready, you can have it all. The look, function, style, and choice of finishes you want. On budget. Ready when you are.

WHAT IS RETAIL READY AND WHY IT’S GOING TO REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR STORE BUILD.

Retail Ready is a pre-engineered suite of retail fixtures – giving independent recreational cannabis retailers the ability to order what they need to get up and running in “semi-custom” packages.

We say “semi-custom” because you do get to customize your fixtures within pre-engineered packages. It’s a bit like buying a new home from a developer. You get to pick your home based on a set of floor plans, and then you get to select your finishes to make the home unique to you.

Retail Ready packages are available in 2 product lines. So you can order from one product line, the other, or mix and match. Plus our Retail Ready lines allow you to:

  • Get the look of a custom-designed store that is unique to your brand.
  • A massive selection and variety of style combinations, colours, finishes and accessories.
  • Designs that are modern, functional, and stylish.
  • Floor plans and layouts developed with daily retail operations in mind, ensuring your store works for you, your staff and customers.
  • Win back time in your schedule, reducing the design/build timelines by 4-6 weeks when compared to custom retail fixtures.

RETAIL READY – HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

FINISH OPTIONS:

Colours and materials can say so much about a brand and a store environment. Most standard fixtures are offered in basic colours to satisfy the masses.

Our design team has picked stylish, timeless colours and finishes for our Retail Ready suite of pre-engineered fixtures. Solid surfaces, wood tones, powder coated and painted finishes are offered in a variety of colours and price points.

So not only can we match your style, we can match your budget too.

If you don’t see anything you like, we can also work with you to choose a custom finish.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SET UP YOUR STORE:

  • Predetermined fixture sizing allows for fast layout and planning of your wall displays to suit your needs.
  • Branded cash-back wall.
  • Cash desk.
  • Window graphic kits.
  • Display tables and showcases can easily be reconfigured and offer optional signage.
  • MIX & MATCH from 2 product-lines to create your own store environment.
  • Finishes of counter cabinets, gables, and tops can be customized to create a unique look for your retail space.

A NEW AND BETTER CHOICE TO OUTFIT YOUR RETAIL STORE, BE RETAIL READY WITH CANADA’S BEST!

When you’re launching a new independent retail business, there’s never enough time; there’s never enough budget; it’s always a stressful and overwhelming time.

The good news?  You don’t have to settle on your look and feel. You don’t have to break the bank. You can get years out of the right fixture.

The even more good news?  You don’t have to go it alone. We want to save you the time and aggravation that others go through so you can get Retail Ready on time and on budget.

ABOUT US:  Our retail design and manufacturing team has delivered for over 10,000 locations and 200 million+ sq ft of retail space. We know what works, what doesn’t, and how to value-engineer a custom retail fixture to get the absolute most out of it.