THOUGHT FOR FOOD CONSULTING

Exclusively dedicated to organic and natural foods

cooperatives and independents since 1997

 

RECENT PREPARED FOODS CLIENT STORE DESIGN PROJECTS

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KUDOS

MATT FUXAN

Asst. Store Manager, Boise Co-op, ID, 2013

Allen guided us through a radical transformation of the foodservice program and fixture plan at the Boise Co-op.


Under tight deadline pressure, Allen came up to Boise, dissected our existing operation to help us be clear as to which programs were working and which were not. Together, we generated smart and creative ideas for which programs to eliminate, overhaul, and add/emphasize.


He drafted basic menu plans and detailed financial plans for each program, and then drew a completely renovated fixture plan in record time. He basically provided us with a blueprint for foodservice success.


I was particularly impressed with Allen's attention to detail, and leaving no stone un-turned when it came to the complicated business of revamping a $4M/year deli.


He was thoughtful in his approach, and he tailored his consulting to our specific set of issues. I sincerely hope to work with him in the future.”

 
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PAT TOWLER

Owner, Common Crow Natural Market, Gloucester, MA, 2013

Allen Seidner has worked with Common Crow since mid-2012 on the design and planning of a new prepared foods department for the expansion of our natural foods grocery. His leadership, humor and kindness throughout the process has brought clarity and positive energy to this overwhelming task. His deep knowledge, insight and technical ease has been a driving force in making our wild wishes and dreams into something that will serve us and our customers!


We hired Allen to plan and build a financially viable and exciting prepared foods program. Grounded in good finance, wrapped in thoroughly mapped operational structure, I feel we are ready to 'just add food' (and the right staff) for a winning department.


Late in the year we hired Allen again to design the layout of our new kitchen and prepared foods service areas. The design was on time, needing very few revisions, well thought out and made incredibly efficient use of the awkward space we had to work with. In contrast with other experiences we've had, we see how exceptional his work quality is.


Allen has an exceptional combination of technical and interpretive skills that worked well for us. His many years working inside of the services he designs makes him a priceless real world resource on so many little decisions that add up to the difference between good and bad ergonomics, and profitable or foolhardy program planning. I feel grateful for the big contribution he made to my business' growth and success.”

 

SEAMUS SCOTT

Director of Prepared Foods, Roots Market, Clarksville, MD, 2014

Allen's seminars are worthwhile for any organization that is looking to take their operation to the next level. Within days of implementing his suggestions our sales starting growing – and they haven't stopped since! His years of experience and insight come through every day of the seminar and he genuinely concerns himself with every store he's worked with.  I look forward to working with him again in the future.”
 

PAT BURNS

Operations Mgr, City Market Co-op, Burlington, VT 2014

Working with Allen on our Prepared Foods Department reset gave us the final product we were looking for. We had to reduce congestion and drive sales. Allen's design accomplished both. He pushed us to look at several different pieces of the department individually, and then as a whole. It was a long process that gave us what we needed. Thanks, Allen, for your creativity and persistence.”
 

EMILE AMAROTICO

General Manager, Ashland Food Co-op, Ashland, OR, 2014

Our goal for a prepared foods department redesign was to alleviate congestion and improve flow, for both customers and service staff. Allen Seidner listened, and combined with his years of experience, Thought for Food rocked with a spot on design! The plan and details are amazing. Many thanks for all of your assistance on this project, Allen!"
 
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Grass Valley, CA

Expansion, 2012

New Store, 2007

Brooklyn, NY

Renovation, 2018

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Minneapolis

Expansion, 2016

Gloucester, MA

New Store, 2015

Montpelier, VT

Renovation, 2012

Burlington, VT

Renovation, 2013

Ashland, OR

Renovation, 2014

Renovation, 2007

Eureka, CA

Renovation, 2018

Boise, ID

New Store, 2015

Renovation, 2013

Fairfax. CA

New Store, 2016

New Store, 2011

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Toronto

New Store, 2018

Renovation, 2016

Sacramento, CA

New Store, 2016

Nelson, BC

New Store, 2016

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Salem, OR

Renovation, 2018

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Tacoma, WA

New Store, 2018

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