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Brick-and-mortar retail will have to adapt—yet again—following the pandemic. While the public health event has spurred many changes in retail and consumer behavior that will impact the retail business, retail design will also need to change to accommodate new needs. Moving forward, health, safety and wellness will be the center focus of brick-and-mortar retail shops.

“Health, safety, and wellness will be a new focus for brick-and-mortar stores going forward,” Anthony Sanchez, newly appointed design director at Nadel Architecture + Planning, tells GlobeSt.com. “Stores and shopping centers will probably be designed to allow plenty of space between customers so that they can socially distance if needed, and we may see the introduction of anti-bacterial surfaces such as copper in stores to reduce the spread of germs. Touchless interactions will increase, and curbside pick-up may become a mainstay.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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