Grocery Store Design

Specialized, Branded, Sustainable

Let’s work together to celebrate local flavor and ensure grocery shopping is an experience, not a chore. The right design brings your mission and values to life. Enhance your brand by creating a unique experience.

Research shows that today’s customers visit retail stores expecting a range of sensory impressions and new experiences. And our multi-disciplinary design team can help you achieve the element of surprise. We handle each project as a unit, to deliver thoughtful designs that benefit both your clientele and your store. We’re committed to creating a unique identity within the community. We work with you to build safe spaces that address every customer need.

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It Starts With Experience

Every market has unique, local flavor — from regional produce to recipes from the community, to the color palette and building materials. The experience radiates from there, including spaces to taste, gather, and discover. They have distinct character and exude authenticity of product and presentation. Share your values, vision, and passion with us and we’ll deliver a branded shopping experience.

One thing we love about working with Cushing Terrell is the breadth and talent of their services. We started off with a focus on store design/fixture planning and now have the company handling our architectural, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and refrigeration design, as well creating our interior design and coordinating décor. Every project we’ve completed with Cushing Terrell has exceeded our expectations.

Susan Allen, Director
Town & Country Markets, Inc.

Our Process


We dig deep into consumer health, safety, industry trends, your client base, your brand, and all the things that make your project unique.


Collaboration peaks when we design, share, listen, and revise until store and fixture planning (and everything else) looks just right.

Retail Supermarket Architecture Design


We live for that sense of relief, accomplishment, and pride when it all comes together. You step inside, and your vision becomes reality!


The work doesn’t end when the doors open for business. We review your space and user experience as they evolve with time and use.

Bringing you the best in:

Sustainable Design

Sustainable grocery store design is a challenge we have readily accepted. We’re constantly innovating sustainable systems and seeking improved materials that reduce the environmental impacts of mixed-use and grocery stores of all sizes, shapes, and types. We also create opportunities to reduce lifetime business costs. Some of our proudest accomplishments include achieving LEED Gold with Town and Country Markets in Seattle, WA, and numerous Green Globes awards with Whole Foods Markets across the United States.

Refrigeration Engineering

Touting achievements like the nation’s first all-natural supermarket refrigeration system, our team of retail refrigeration designers and engineers brings deep experience to the development of innovative refrigeration solutions. We seek out, research, and utilize new systems and technologies that will propel you into the future of natural and efficient refrigeration.

Kitchen Design

The flow of your kitchen and dining areas is critical. And your back-of-house operations should be as smooth as what the customer experiences on the sales floor. We’ll help you consider everything — from efficient use of space; to the smells, sights, and sounds that greet the customer from the kitchen; to the paths they’re encouraged to take as they navigate the environment.

Lighting Design

Lighting design is a key component of a successful grocery environment and should never be underestimated. Through careful consideration of lighting fixture placement, brightness, color temperature, and Color Rendering Index (CRI),  we will work with you to establish the mood, showcase exciting food options, and aid customers in their journey of discovery.

Store Planning

Store planning is ordering with an element of surprise. It’s learning and discovery, underscored by convenience. It’s bringing food to life through sensory experiences. Our designers can help with adjacencies, merchandise presentation, exterior impressions, test fits, spatial efficiencies, and overall store flow.

Program Delivery

Our team lives and breathes grocery programming. We are a trusted resource for program delivery of any size. We know the nuances of these types of spaces and can identify and address hurdles before they arise. This experience comes with years of working with retailers large and small — from the corner grocery store to national supermarket chains.

Notable brands include:

Southeastern Grocers

Whole Foods Market

Check Out Our Full Range
of Integrated Design Services

As a multi-disciplinary firm, Cushing Terrell has the resources and expertise to provide services that will guide your project from start to finish, and beyond! Click below to view all our services.

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