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Finally going for a new shop front and interior refit after promising and putting off for about 3 years!!!!

 

Any do's and dont's from anyone would be much appreciated having never done this before.

Also any pictures other than those in the gallery to give me some ideas.

 

I NEED HELP :smt102 [-o<

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Why dont you post some pictures of what your shop looks like just now so we can see a before and after ? We would have to have more to go on.

I for one am a great one for having a nice door, I go for a nice aluminium anodised coated door with 8mm toughened glass, Cost you about £800 inc frame,locks(good security) and handles. i always think its naff to see a poxy wooden door on a quality shop. I have the doors and windows anodised to the same pantone colour as the shop so it never needs painted and looks great all the time, no flakes,no repaints.the only downside is if you are going to change your colours !

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I'll try and sort some photos over weekend but dont expect no beautiful shop.

I am in a small town, in a small street off the main high street, in a 100 year old shop, It's also in the middle of a "conservation area" which means you cannot change the appearance of the shop without planning permission which you will not be granted anyway?

So it has to be wooden shop front I'm afraid

 

I dont need help,I need a bloody miracle

 

After reading my post through I might just as well buy a new shop in another town!!!

 

Anyone want competition from an exceptional cobbler? \:D/ :smt066

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Obviously your re-fit will depend very much on budget, and ability I re-fitted my shop last year, all new shelving, new counter & new flooring for around £3000.

I did all the work my self so had no labour, but it did mean a few late nights! (2.30am one night and open by 8am)

However what I would say, is by doing this it meant we took our eye of the game in terms of stocking for Christmas with little new stock or ideas yet we still had the best retail sales we've had in years. The re-fit has made a dramatic difference to retail sales.

You can see some poor images of my re-fit at

 

http://www.cobb-lees.com/refit.html

 

My shop is now lighter, airier & sharper if its in your mind to do a re-fit then the times right don't hesitate.

 

Lee

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Anyone want competition from an exceptional cobbler? \:D/ :smt066

 

If you were that good you wouldn't need to move :twisted: :roll:

 

And whats this michael26(uk) ............Theres only one UK on here :lol: :D :lol:

 

I'm not being big headed just joking, I don't want to move cos I'm not getting business, it just gets on my nerves with county,borough and town councils and there silly rules and ideas.

I would love to change my shop front to a nice modern looking design like IT suggested but between St Edmundsbury borough, Suffolk County and Haverhill town council there isn't much chance.

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I thought this might be the best time to get started, now the xmas rush is out the way.

I think after a few years of over-painting and patching up it's time to just rip it all out and start again but was worried about customers thinking you had been taken over by another company,or closing completely.

 

Sorry about the name uk, but its a sign in i've used since I was 26 (hence michael26uk)......Bet you can't guess my name though!!

 

I think I speak for the whole forum when I say there is only 1 UK :smt038 :smt038 =D> =D>

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Michael, your right to want to get a nice modern fresh look to your business, and if the council won't let you, then your right to think about moving premises.

The old fashioned back street cobbler is a dying bread, and the modern looking service centre is on the up...Just my opinion.

Good luck to you, take the bull by the horns and go for it :wink:

 

And no I can't guess your name :-k should I know it :?:

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Michael, your right to want to get a nice modern fresh look to your business, and if the council won't let you, then your right to think about moving premises.

The old fashioned back street cobbler is a dying bread, and the modern looking service centre is on the up...Just my opinion.

Good luck to you, take the bull by the horns and go for it :wink:

 

And no I can't guess your name :-k should I know it :?:

 

Aint to sure about that, there may be room for both as long as there are customers willing to pay for quality, ( you are the exception uk).

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