Retail Planning Services

Retail planning and store layout designs

Retail Store Planning Expertise

Our Retail Planning team provide a valuable resource if you need extra capacity when planning store layouts for new stores or refurbishment projects, or if you are rebalancing category space for seasonal range reviews.

Flexible and accurate outsourcing services

Whether you want regular or occasional store layout support to handle fluctuating workflow, our flexible pool of retail space planning experts will work with you to create a profitable store by making the best use of your available retail space.


Trusted by some of great international retail brands

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A CAD planning resource to bolt-on to your team

Our customers include international retail brands as well as 5 of the top 10 UK retailers and their contractors. We work hard to understand how our clients operate and develop an appreciation of your store planning principles and brand guidelines, quickly becoming an effective resource that you can bolt-on to your team. To manage the whole process, we appoint a dedicated project leader to be your single point of contact who will work with you throughout your project.

Retail Space Planning for Waitrose’s In House Store Planners For Over 10 Years

Benefits of outsourcing your store planning

  • A flexible retail planning resource that can be switched on and off as your needs dictate;
  • Fresh thinking expert planners identifying improvements and potential cost savings for your store layouts
  • Quick turnaround on projects – meeting your deadlines, even when timeframes are short
  • Clear pricing structure
  • Use of a team that works with the latest retail planning software, reducing time and processes
  • Partnering with a team that has complete knowledge of local and national compliance/regulations
  • A resource available from our offices or based in yours.

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Creating high performing model store layouts

Our Format Development Manager can assist you in creating your store models, defining targets for category space allocation and planning principles for store layouts.

We will create future store designs based on existing knowledge, by analysing the layout of your best and worst performing stores. Depending on the size of your estate you will need to create a variety of models to address your different store types and shopper missions.

We can also guide you in developing best practice processes for building consistency into your store plans and giving your retail planners an array of ideas on how to improve the profitability of poor performing stores.

Why Outsource Your Retail Planning to C A Design Services?

Retail best-practice and cost-savings

Our retail planning department has cross-industry experience, which we pro-actively develop. Our long history of working with major UK and international retail brands means we have an in-depth understanding of the best retail planning practices and can apply this up-to-date knowledge to your project – suggesting improvements and most importantly cost savings for your plans.

Minimal in-store disruption

Our teams are trained to understand the knock-on effects in store, of making changes on-plan. They work hard to ensure any changes can be made with minimal in-store disruption for both customers and staff. Through this complete understanding, we can focus on delivering profitable design solutions.

A quality process that means ‘right first time’

Every drawing that passes through our retail planning team is checked and verified by a dedicated quality controller who retraces each step in your brief, ensuring everything we produce is completely accurate. Many of our clients return to us because they know they will receive exactly what they asked for within the timescale they set.

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Clients that keep coming back

Accuracy and quick turnaround are some of the main reasons we are trusted by clients to deliver their store planning and CAD drawing work. Our reliability and detailed understanding of our client’s stores has led to long-term relationships, including a 15-year partnership with one of the UK’s ‘big four’ supermarkets.

Comprehensive retail design service

As a retail design business with over 30 years’ experience, CADS offers a comprehensive retail service based around the individual needs and challenges of our clients:

How Can We Help You?

Please get in touch to discuss your retail planning requirements by filling out the form

or contact us on 01493 440444, or by email

Retail Space Planning Services

Supporting Waitrose’s In-House Store Planners For Over 10 Years

Supporting Waitrose’s In-House Store Planners For Over 10 Years

Working alongside Waitrose’ store planners, CADS team comprises a dedicated Work Stream Leader and 3 experienced retail planners, providing a flexible store planning resource for Waitrose.

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Asda Uses StoreView® for Annual Store Investment Programme

Asda Uses StoreView® for Annual Store Investment Programme

UK grocery retailer Asda originally approached CADS to draw on our retail floor planning expertise and knowledge of how to manage and optimise the process of updating store floor plans in AutoCAD.

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Primark uses StoreSpace® to deliver store supply chain efficiencies

Primark uses StoreSpace® to deliver store supply chain efficiencies

Leading fashion retailer Primark approached C A Design Services (CADS) to help improve productivity and drive cost savings in their store planning and sales floor equipment procurement.

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Outsourcing Your Retail Planning - A Simple Process

With over 30 years’ experience in retail planning, we’ve honed our service provision down to a process that is transparent and straightforward. Every project is appointed a CADS project leader who manages the scheme from beginning to end. They will be your main point of contact and will work closely with you to clarify the detail of the brief, identify the relevant stores and then oversee the implementation drawings for each selected store.

Your project leader will:

1) Meet with you face to face, discuss your requirements and scope out the project. At our office we will compile a brief, including allocated resource, outputs and timescales which is sent to you for approval.

2) Ensure a pilot store is completed first so that you can review the work and see that our team will deliver your requirements correctly. Once the work on the pilot store has been approved we will roll the process out across all participating stores.

3) Submit completed work through a rigorous quality control check before sending it to you for approval.

If you’d like to discover more about our Retail Planning Services please fill in the form above or call us on 01493 412806.

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Employing over 100 people across five UK locations we offer an unrivalled, comprehensive and integrated range of planning, communication, design, architecture and implementation services, as well as sector specific software applications StoreSpace® and Storeview®.

C A Design Services is registered in England No. 01595687 at The Design Centre, Hewett Road, Gapton Hall, Great Yarmouth NR31 0NN.

Phone: 01493 440444

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