Bed Bath & Beyond Redesigns and Transforms Flagship Store in New York City

by Katie Lee

Union, N.J. — Bed Bath & Beyond is reopening its flagship store in New York City after undergoing a complete transformation since last December to modernize the in-store shopping experience. The renovated 92,000-square-foot flagship, located at 620 6th Ave. in Chelsea, is an expression of the new Bed Bath & Beyond in the $180 billion home market.

With open sightlines and improved layout, in-store digital shopping tools through the Bed Bath & Beyond mobile app, and an inspiring collection of Owned Brands and national brands for every room of the home, the flagship renovation is emblematic of a $250 million 3-year project to remodel 450 of its stores as the company executes its overall transformation strategy.

“We set out a bold strategic plan last October to become a digital-first, omni-always retailer,” says Mark Tritton, president and CEO of Bed Bath & Beyond. “A key component of our plan is modernizing our stores to significantly elevate in-store shopping experiences while optimizing their role in our digital-first, omni-always approach to help customers unlock the magic in every room of their homes. Our Chelsea flagship has served local community for decades. We’re proud to invest here and add to New York City’s ‘return to normal’ to serve residents and visitors alike.”

The flagship, as well as other store locations, have been redesigned to better connect with Bed Bath & Beyond customers. Gone are a dizzying disarray of merchandise stacked high that provided shoppers with ‘shopping paralysis’, and replaced with lower sightlines, wider aisles and neatly arranged products that inspire customers with a residential experience to help them shop. The flagship itself takes advantage of floor-to-ceiling windows that let natural light pour in, while the bath section features high-quality tiled flooring, adding to the ‘at-home’ feeling for customers.

Bed Bath & Beyond has partnered with several leading brands to create unique experiences at its flagship location, including:

  • Casper: As announced last week, the flagship features Casper’s first shop-in shop, creating an immersive in-store shopping experience of its award-winning suite of sleep offerings for Bed Bath & Beyond customers.
  • SodaStream: Bed Bath & Beyond is proud to bring the SodaStream Bubble Bar to the flagship, which offers customers a fun and engaging opportunity to purchase and personalize SodaStream bottles. On-site mixologists provide customers with drink ideas and lessons, while demonstrating how to use the machine. The flagship is a destination for SodaStream customers, as it is the most visited place in the U.S. to exchange the brand’s Co2 cylinders.
  • More than 20 merchandising experiences that will bring to life the company’s Owned Brands and national brands, such as Dyson and Google nest products.
  • Experiential in-store trials that will allow customers to try before they buy, including the only interactive vacuum display in New York City.
  • Café 3B™, a modern barista serving La Colombe coffee that adds to the flagship’s relaxing shopping environment.

Also introduced with the flagship reopening is an innovative “scan and buy” feature that enables customers to immediately make purchases as they shop and therefore bypass the checkout line.

The flagship has a dedicated pickup area that provides customers with a fast and easy experience to pick up their online orders, or customers can choose to have associates meet them outside for curbside pickup, all within 1 hour of placing the order. The flagship is also part of a store network that is now able to fulfill same day delivery orders throughout Manhattan.

Bed Bath & Beyond introduced in May its first-ever comprehensive environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy. The redesigned Chelsea flagship utilizes energy-efficient measures to help reduce its overall carbon footprint. Upgrades include replacing fluorescent lights with LED lights, installing occupancy sensors and timers for lighting, and upgrades in energy-efficient HVAC and fans for temperature control.

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SOURCE: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.



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