Last week saw the opening of another new store designed by Barber Design for Neal’s Yard in Manchester. The new store has been relocated from previous premises and is now the largest Neal’s Yard store in the UK. The store features a new design concept for the retailer, which will be rolled out to other stores in the UK during the coming months.
Neal’s Yard are one of the UKs best known retailers of ethical and organic health and beauty products, with 52 stores and more than 470 outlets across the UK and a further 80 stores across the globe, so it was important for Barber to continue with their existing brand ethos whilst also providing a design that was fresh and enticing, which would encourage shoppers to return.
In a statement about the new store, Lee Vaughan from Neal’s Yard described how pleased they are with the final results:
“This is our largest UK store and to do this with a new concept has been a tremendous team effort. The workmanship and joinery are of a very high standard and we are all really pleased with how it looks.”
Inside, the store features some traditional style natural wood and tiled surfaces mixed with the brand’s trademark blue glass bottles in backlit displays and a cluster of blue glass bottle pendant ceiling lights and a backlit blue glass bottle display. The design has an old style apothecary shop feel to it, with a modern twist. Products are displayed on wooden shelving units with rows of wooden drawers and glass jars containing natural remedies alongside a Belfast sink on a wooden washstand. The design invites people to come in and browse – to try different remedies and engage with the shop assistants in a welcoming and comfortable environment.
If you want to go and check out the design for yourself it’s at 27 King Street in Manchester, which is just off of Deansgate, or you could wait for the next new store to open in Birmingham Grand Central – and of course we’ll keep you posted on when that happens. If you want to see some of our other work for Neal’s Yard in Taipei check out this blog post from June.