We have seen shipping containers being repurposed for uses ranging from housing and even hotels—so it's only logical that some forward-minded brands would choose to showcase their collections in these upcycled boxes. The following retail brands have all chosen the versatile, mobile, and humble shipping container as a temporary or permanent retail store to showcase their products. Here, we take a look at a few inspiring retail spaces.
When the beloved Japanese brand Uniqlo launched in the United States back in 2006, they deployed two 20-foot containers to tour New York City as retail shops—introducing the brand to the nation. The branded pop-up stores were mobile and fully equipped with shelving space, fitting rooms, and a cash register.
PUMA retrofitted 24 shipping containers to create PUMA City, a transportable retail and event building. With 1,020 square meters (11,000 square feet) of space, the three-level stack of containers was then assembled and disassembled at several different locations, creating a truly mobile retail experience. By offsetting the individual containers, they were able to create internal outdoor spaces, cantilevered overhangs, and terraces. The structure also featured two full retail spaces on the lower levels, both designed with large, double-height ceilings and a 4-container-wide open spaces. Offices, a press area, and storage were located on the second level, with a bar, event space, and a large open terrace at the top.
And some other container retail store design examples below.