While the world of Ecommerce is only getting bigger there are still plenty of shoppers who prefer to visit a store, and for good reason. The shopping experience in the majority of store has really improved over the last few years as the high street needs a USP to battle the internet with and while you can’t exactly test a designer sofa out or try a dress on via the websites, some are happy to purchase online to save money or remove hassle. It not all about customer experience, adding coffee shops, cafes and unique layouts to stores are keeping the high street alive, here’s a look at 5 examples of remarkable stores in the UK.
Waterstones in Manchester is located on Deansgate and is the biggest bookstore in the North. While most bookstores are very pleasant to wander around, Waterstones adds an extra level of quiet comfort, including couches, a cafe and gift shop making it a little more than a regular bookshop.
Based just outside Manchester in Macclesfield, Arighi Bianchi is a designer furniture store with over 100 years of experience. You’ll find this store’s layout beautiful and unique compared to other furniture stores. You’ll feel like you’re wandering around a large home full of inspiration and the finest furniture in the country. And if you’re feeling peckish, their cafe offers the finest food, with unusual specials weekly, just make sure you book it before! You’ll also find that they use their luxury bar stools and chairs in the cafe, so you can truly experience their furniture.
The new space in London will be their flagship store for the UK, featuring a peak into the future of retail. The hi-tech store will allow shoppers to use the new “Bring it to me” service which uses geolocation to give shoppers the ability to scan products, check stock availability, request a size and buy products without queuing. The store also features a state of the art LED screen in the changing room which shows Arsenal’s Emirates stadium and makes it look like you’re on the pitch and you can take crystal clear selfies there.
The London flagship store has been designed to offer futuristic technology to the customer experience without compromising the Burberry heritage. Based in a beautiful 19th century building, the store features state of the art design which includes bespoke multi-media content, catwalks and limited edition products. Regardless of whether the brand appeals to you, if you’re on the London highstreet, it is worth visiting for its iconic finish.