Well, by the end of this article, you will be familiar with BEST Products store layouts.
And if this isn’t enough, the music – er, MUSAK – is catchy. So there’s that.
First Architecture, Now Store Layouts!
I swear these documentaries about BEST Products stores just pour out of the woodwork, don’t they?
Last week, we watched a 1979 documentary about incredible feats of experimental concept architecture employed by nine BEST Products stores during the 1970s. We saw buildings with walls that literally removed themselves from the storefront, peeling facades, tilting walls, and a living rainforest.
The architectural feats were a feast for the eyes, but what happened in the store was equally innovative.
Mine had a conveyor belt that came from the upper warehouse, from which products arrived to a happy customer.
Facades of amazingness weren’t the only thing BEST was known for. They also had two different types of store layouts, and thanks to Homeplate Media, those layouts, their pros and cons, and MUZAK make for a great college project video. About Best Products store layouts.
Doesn’t get more exciting than this, folks!
The “SOT”: Store of Tomorrow Vs. Regency
Best Products employed two different store layouts beginning in 1985: “The Store of Tomorrow” (or SOT) and Regency. Each had their advantages and disadvantages. Every store adopted a certain layout.
Admit it, you came to look at blueprints! It is my contribution to “splashy visuals” that draws people in!
In 1990, Youngstown (Ohio) State University college student Ron Flaviano (of the aforementioned Homeplate Media) and fellow classmates made a video explaining each layout, their advantages, and their disadvantages.
Comparisons were drawn for each layout by examining two stores utilizing each layout – one in Parma, Ohio, the other in Niles, Ohio.
Complete with Muzak and the “spontaneous” phone call method perfected on House Hunters (look it up), this video is a total treat.
Would you like to watch it…on one of these TVs?
Of course you do!
Well, you can watch it, but not on these TVs.
BEST Products – Catalog Showroom Comparison
Upload via Homeplate Media (check out this channel!)
And now that you’ve seen both unusual architecture AND creative store layouts, I’ll back off of BEST for a while.
Unless I find something else, because you know how well I do at “backing off a topic.”
Hey, one can never have enough Chicago, David Foster, and Kenny Loggins articles!