Store Planning and Design, Interior Design and Marketing
Articles from CDS Consulting publications
Articles in Cooperative Grocer
Other works by Nicole Klimek
Throughout the years she has channeled this passion for community and cooperation and merged it with her expertise in development and design. Nicole specializes in food co-op store design in her work with CDS Consulting Co-op.
She is interested in how communities are created through good design, and sees food co-ops as a big part of what makes a place livable. Nicole’s grocery store plans incorporate green practices, including LEED certification, efficient operations, and comfortable shopping experiences. “Co-ops are focused on their communities and they want to bring good things to them when they do a project. I do too. I believe in respecting the environment and knowing where things come from—whether it’s food, clothes, or building materials,” she said.
Nicole is also an accredited interior designer, and she puts those skills to work for her clients, consulting with them on how cart bumper colors, countertop laminate, fixtures and equipment interface with marketing for a cohesive brand. “I always think of store planning as the skeleton and interior design as the skin and muscle. Unified interiors really bring out the entire design.”
The Cooperative Difference is Your Competitive Advantage
Solutions: Grab and Go - June 2017
Branding Your Store
Solutions: Grab and Go - May 2017
Outlook for Growth and Establishing New Co-ops
Solutions: July-August 2016
Cultivating Customer Relationships in Cooperatives
Solutions: May-June 2016
Your Logo, Your Brand, Your Sales
Solutions: Grab and Go - April 2016
Labor, Waste and Taste
Solutions: Grab and Go - June 2015
Expansion Projects Require Great Internal Communication: Before, During and After
Solutions: Grab and Go - April 2015
Solutions: Grab and Go - December 2014
Ten Easy Tips to Improve Sales
Solutions: Grab and Go - October 2014
See You at CCMA!
Solutions: May-June 2014
Getting the Design Right
Baard Webster, General Manager, Spiral Food Co-op, Hastings, Minn.
PJ Hoffman, Business Development, NCG Development Co-op
Jacqueline Hannah, former General Manager, Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana, Ill.