Dubai has taken the first step to give its neighbourhood grocery stores a common look, fee and compliance standards, with the first such outlet opening on Shaikh Zayed Road. All grocery outlets in Dubai must comply with the revised guidelines before end 2018.

The Broadway Grocery incorporates all the design elements and facilities as stipulated in the new guidelines. This will allow for uniformity in visual appeal, including a unified logo, colour scheme and signage. The guidelines also apply to the interior fixtures, display units, storage area, fittings and lighting.

Abu Dhabi had already gone through such an exercise, with its small groceries, in the form of the “baqala” system.

“The standards will enhance competitiveness within groceries, increase service quality in the retail sector, ensure an exceptional shopping experience for consumers and strengthen Dubai’s position as a shopping destination regionally and globally,” said Omar Bushahab, CEO of the Business Registration and Licensing sector at Dubai Economy, the nodal agency handling the transition. “The city is striving to meet the needs of the various segments of its society in line with its reputation as a commercial hub and preferred place to live.”

BRL will organise weekly workshops for grocery store owners to inform them of the new standards applicable across store interiors as well as exteriors. Dubai-based ‘IBA House’ provided the design and interior solutions for the model grocery.