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Waitrose\'s newly refurbished store is filled with features deisgned to improve the customer experience

In pictures: Waitrose unveils "latest thinking" in supermarket design at Salisbury refurb Video

If Mark Price wanted to make a statement about the future of Waitrose, the refurbished store he has just unveiled in Salisbury is it.

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At Mothercare\'s Gateshead a soft play area has been introduced.

In pictures: Mothercare reveals two new-look stores

Maternity specialist Mothercare has opened its first two revamped stores under the direction of new chief executive Mark Newton-Jones.

The store is a white box with computer monitors on the ground floor and mannequins wearing the products in the basement.

Store gallery: Boohoo.com’s New York pop-up shop raises brand awareness

Etailer Boohoo.com has used its New York pop-up shop to combine online and physical retail, increasing brand awareness in the process.

Cheap and cheerful is the order of the day and there is a conspicuous amount of circulation space. The two members of staff who were behind the counter at the cash desk said that this store “has more aesthetic appeal” than Card Factory.

Store gallery: Card Market champions cheap and cheerful store design

WHSmith has added to its empire with a new discount chain called Card Market. Retail Week pays a visits to the retailer’s Swindon branch.

From the selfie ‘innovation lounge’ to the white brick walled ‘play’ area for children, there is something for everybody.

Store gallery: Samsung Galaxy Studio is a customer experience playground

The Samsung Galaxy Studio New York shop gives meaning to the idea of stores as play areas, putting customer experience first.

For the midtown shopper heading into the Fifth Avenue store there are three floors of womenswear and accessories (principally shoes) and the Topman offer in the basement.

Store gallery: A tour of Topshop’s Fifth Avenue store with Sir Philip Green Video

Topshop has opened its second store in New York at one of the world’s most famous addresses. Retail Week takes a tour with Sir Philip.

Across the whole of the store there is space, helping to promote the notion that this is a store purveying fashion for which customers can expect to pay.

Store gallery: Topshop, Uniqlo and Los Angeles’ other retail stars

Uniqlo, Converse and others have set up shop in Los Angeles, using unique visual merchandising to stand out in the star-studded city.

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Penzance, Quay st.

Comment: Do retailers care about locations outside London?

Do retailers care about places other than the capital? John Ryan explores Penzance, where retailer coverage rather than care appears paramount.

Netto

Comment: Netto’s double-act with Sainsbury's looks a canny move

The return of the discount retailer to the UK, in concert with Sainsbury’s, will put pressure on the other discounters.

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