3 Tips for Planning a Convenience Store Layout

3 Tips for Planning a Convenience Store Layout

By Steve Di Orio
Posted in Convenience Stores, Store Design
On May 31, 2016

Handy Store Fixtures Convenience Store Layout

Updated February 15, 2021

Remember, a convenience store shelving layout should be convenient. Everyday products require everyday design efficiency. Otherwise, you have problems and might force your loyal consumer base to consider shopping elsewhere. Not having a lot of retail space means you can’t skimp on the quality of your store fixture displays. You’ve got gondola shelving for displaying candy, salty snacks, and bathroom products. You’ve got the counters for fast-food items: The on-demand coffee, tea, soda, hot dogs or pastries. And you’ve got the checkout counter featuring all the impulse purchases for easy grab-and-go. Let’s break down some principles:

Brand your Store Shelving (as much as possible)

Stay away from the traditional off-white/eggshell white gondola shelving featured in most convenience stores. (Unless you enjoy the idea of looking like every other convenience store in town) Think color-coordination and customer visual experience. Which colors represent your brand? What color is your logo? What color does your staff wear when interacting with customers? One of the benefits of working directly with Handy Store Fixtures is our ability to supplier retailers with the most color size selection with the fastest lead time in the industry. Are your brand colors blue and yellow? No problem, Handy Store Fixtures can supply the retail shelves to match your color scheme and really impress your customers.

Create Impulse Sales Utilizing Shelving in Front of a New Checkout Counter

It’s all about the impulse (sales). Feed it well. A Handy Store Fixtures gondola checkout counter allows room for additional display at your checkout station. It’s versatile in terms of size, color and positioning, and great for dual-sided counter shelving. Encourage those convenience purchases out of your captive audience. They’re already there and potentially waiting for a while … might as well nudge them to those low-consideration purchases.

Organize your Beer Cave

People love beer. Stock and organize your beer cave. No, we’re not talking stone cellars or subterranean geology, though if your store incorporates limestone, we want to see it! Make the walk-in cooler and cave experience one customers will want to, well, walk into. In other words, make the area inviting. Also, a smart display arrangement is even more important than usual here because most customers (even men) won’t want to linger in the cold that long. Think about it: Freezing = “Get me my stuff quickly and safely before I run out.” That’s why you want aesthetic, functional AND durable beer cooler racks.

Check out our sample convenience store floor layouts for more inspiration. Good luck with your new arrangement!

Steve Di Orio

Steve Di Orio


Steve has been with Handy Store Fixtures for over 15 years. After becoming the Marketing Manager in 2006, he was named Director of Marketing. Steven earned his MBA from Montclair State University with a specialization in Digital Marketing in 2019. When not at work, he loves to travel, play golf, exercise, and talk all things search engine marketing and retail display tips.