Holland & Barrett, one of Europe’s largest health and wellness retailers, has announced a new, larger store in Angel Islington, and a complete redesign of its Hemel Hempstead store, making it even easier for customers to take positive control of their wellness.

The stores are the latest to be revamped in the retailer’s new and improved store format, following the launch of the first concept store in Chelmsford in July.

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Sustainability has been a focus with the business reviewing everything from shelving and shop fitting, as well as lighting which has been redesigned to be more efficient, reduce energy consumption and cut carbon emissions.

Customers in Angel Islington’s new larger store will also be able to top up on everyday food essentials at the new zero-waste refill station, while free water refills will also be available for plastic-conscious shoppers in-store.

The Angel Islington store has moved from its previous location of 31 Upper Street in Angel to 21-22 Upper Street and now consists of two units, increasing the store’s footprint to 1,389 sq ft. The London location will feature almost 1,000 new products across food, beauty, vitamins, minerals, herbals and supplements (VHMS) and sports, with over 3,800 products on offer in total.

While the Hemel Hempstead store remains in the same location, it will launch over 300 new clean & conscious beauty products, with an improved store layout and design making it easier than ever for customers to discover the latest wellness ranges.

Customers will have access to in-store specialists who are highly trained in nutrition,beauty and sports nutrition. All Holland & Barrett store associates have the equivalent of an A level in nutrition, and are therefore ‘Qualified to Advise’ customers on the best ways of maintaining a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and supplementation.

In recent years the wellness retailer has continued to expand its honey range and has seen continued popularity of products such as Manuka Honey. Both stores will have a dedicated honey bay offering a wide range of honeys – from high MGO Manuka to unique craft flavours from across the globe.

Anthony Houghton, Group Retail and Property Director at Holland & Barrett, added: “We are delighted to be expanding our new store proposition into Angel Islington & Hemel Hempstead as we continue our transformation. Our new store design is a much calmer environment with a significantly improved layout and navigation to help customers access the wellness products they need more easily.  Since launching our first ever concept store in Chelmsford back in July, we have been keen to roll out some of the exciting store features, such as Manuka and specialist honey displays, zero waste refills, and the new brand look and feel to our wider store estate. Both sites will give local residents even better access to health and wellness knowledge and expertise on their high street.”

The new stores have also included social distancing features to help keep colleagues and customers safe and well. With the installation of shielding screens at each counter, alongside antibacterial hand gels for colleagues and customers to use.

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