Grocery 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 enhances your brand by creating unique experiences and bringing your mission and values to life.

Research indicates today’s customers visit retail destinations expecting a range of sensory impressions and new experiences. And our multi-disciplinary design team can help you achieve the element of surprise. We tackle each project as a unit, to deliver thoughtful designs that benefit both your clientele and your store, ensuring a unique identity within the community. Whether operating under normal circumstances or adapting to an uncertain time (such as a world combatting COVID-19), we work with you to build safe spaces that address every customer need.

It Starts With Experience

Every market is defined by unique, local flavor: from regional produce to recipes from the community, to the color palette and building materials. The experience radiates from there to include 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 and safety, industry trends, your client base, your brand, and all the things that make your project unique.


Collaboration peaks when we jointly 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 evaluate your space and user experience as they evolve with time and use.

Bringing you the best in:

Sustainable Design

Sustainable grocery design is a challenge we have readily accepted. We’re constantly innovating sustainable systems and seeking improved materials that reduce environmental impact and lifetime business costs for mixed-use and grocery spaces of all sizes, shapes, and types. 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 U.S.

Refrigeration Engineering

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

Store Planning

It’s ordering with an element of surprise. It’s learning and discovery cloaked in convenience. It’s bringing food to life through sensory experiences. Our designers can advise on adjacencies and how merchandise is presented to the customer, initial exterior impressions, test fits, spacial efficiencies, and overall flow.

Lighting Design

Lighting design is a key component of a successful grocery environment. Through careful consideration of lighting fixture placement, brightness, color temperature, and Color Rendering Index (CRI),  we will work with you to showcase exciting food options and aid customers in their journey of discovery.

Kitchen Design

The flow of your kitchen and dining areas are critical. Your back-of-house operations should be just 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 as they navigate the store.

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 anticipate hurdles before they arise. This experience comes with years of working with retailers large and small, including the trusted brands listed below.

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 from project start to finish, and beyond. Click below to view all our services.

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