Building a new, independent pharmacy is an exciting business project; however, there are many components that go into making it a success.
Big pharmacies are designed with corporate direction, but independent pharmacies have the freedom to design to their own preferences. This freedom to direct and control design can be overwhelming, especially if you are a new pharmacy owner.
Since 1984, the O’Connell Store Fixtures team has been designing and installing store fixtures across the country, specializing primarily in pharmacies, medical offices, and clinics. We understand the step-by-step process behind designing a pharmacy interior and have experience managing small to large projects.
When it comes to the planning and interior design of your pharmacy, we suggest taking these two important steps:
1. Evaluate Your Pharmacy Interior
Whether you are building a new pharmacy, or renovating an existing space, we suggest walking through the pharmacy interior and assessing how store traffic is likely to flow. As you do this, take notes on things you do and do not like. When it comes to creating a pharmacy layout, we suggest working with a professional team. We have encountered many projects where owners have used amateur design programs, and ran into problems.
To save yourself time and money, discuss and map out a pharmacy layout with professionals.
2. Understand Your Available Space
Once you have determined what you do and do not like, it is important to determine what your pharmacy interior can realistically hold in its available space.
Make sure you are aware of any specific regulations, especially for the dispensary area. If you are working with a smaller space, you should optimize each area so your staff can work efficiently.
When you have the final layout of the pharmacy, use these dimensions to help you determine what merchandising you will include. You need to make sure you are prioritizing products and offering top sellers.
Whereas bigger, corporate pharmacies have the space and budget for cosmetics and greeting products, you want to make sure you are utilizing the space with merchandise that your customers will buy regularly.
Work with Experienced Professionals
Not all consultants or contractors have experience working in the medical environment. Building or renovating a pharmacy can be a long and costly project, which may require specific industry experience to plan for effectively. You want to make sure you are working with a team who has the expertise to complete the job properly.
Over the years, we have developed relationships with trusted contractors all over Ontario.We can help you find someone who is nearby and experienced in the special construction needs of pharmacies and medical clinics.
When you select O’Connell Store Fixtures to work on a project, we’ll be with you every step of the way. If you need assistance with your pharmacy project, contact O’Connell Store Fixtures today!