Those who specialise in shop renovations, or who make it their business to know hotel renovation inside out, will be able to advise you on the latest trends, while the very best interior designers will be ahead of the trends and could deliver fresh concepts and retail space strategies.
The restaurant renovation scene is especially competitive, with artisanal coffeeshops all the rage now. Singaporeans have always been avid foodies, but with their developing more global palates, the restaurant scene has been booming with more upmarket restaurants opening in the past five years than in the previous decade.
Remodelling your store may mean having to close shop for a week or two, but retail renovation sends a subtle signal to your customers that you’re in it for the long haul, a brand on the rise, unlike the fly-by-night business next door that’s had a “closing down sale” banner on display for the past year.
The layout of your shop is another important influencer. You need only look at how big retailers and grocery stores to see how they’ve designed their spaces to encourage impulse spending.
While you may be able to live with the same look in your home for decade or two, you might as well replace your store sign with “behind the times” if you adopt the same approach with your store or restaurant.