Store design relevance in the grocery retail: MPreis stores’ differentiating choices

Author/s Angelo Bonfanti, Federico Brunetti, Elisa Pisani
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/3
Language Italian Pages 23 P. 33-55 File size 1392 KB
DOI 10.3280/MC2012-003003
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Modern grocery retail points of sale are generally built according more to rationale of functionality and efficiency, than of enchantment and emotional and sensorial involvement of the customers. Store design literature too devotes greater attention to non grocery retail settings. Our work aims at illustrating the very experience of MPreis, an Austrian supermarkets retail chain, characterized by the great value it poses on store design, particularly on architecture, in order to create identity and competitive differentiation in the territories it operates in. Drawing on a qualitative case study research design, our data indicate that diversity courage, aesthetical research commitment and gift culture act as key-elements in this company’s behavior. This said, the paper makes it possible, on the one hand, to properly insert store design among the competitive paths a grocery retail firm can make use of and, on the other, to show that gift culture and an adequate company ethos are among the most necessary requisites a company must possess in the future.

Keywords: Grocery retail, store design, strategy of differentiation, territorial identity, gift culture, company ethos

Angelo Bonfanti, Federico Brunetti, Elisa Pisani, Il valore dello store design nel settore grocery: le scelte differenzianti della catena distributiva Mpreis in "MERCATI E COMPETITIVITÀ" 3/2012, pp 33-55, DOI: 10.3280/MC2012-003003