Polished concrete floors from Transitions Polishing and Grinding were installed at the new IGA supermarket in Newtown Shopping Centre, Toowomba as part of a modern fitout project.

The IGA supermarket, which opened its doors in late 2013, features Transitions polished concrete floors throughout the main trading areas and epoxy coating in the deli and back of house areas. IGA’s retail space was located in a 50-year-old tenancy that had seen multiple tenants over the years. IGA revitalised the store space bringing it up to date with a modern fitout, while preserving many of the historical features of the building including the concrete floors.

The client’s brief specified a number of aesthetic and performance related objectives for the supermarket’s chosen flooring solution. In addition to utilising the existing slab installed in the building some 50 years ago, the concrete floor was required to have a gloss finish to increase light reflectivity and introduce brightness in the store by bouncing light from the building’s high bay windows around the supermarket, creating a lighter and cheerful environment for shoppers.

From a functional perspective, the client sought a concrete floor that would be durable, have a long lifespan and be easy to maintain in line with the supermarket’s current cleaning program. The polished concrete flooring would also need to withstand a high amount of foot and trolley traffic on a constant basis.

The Transitions polished concrete floor installed at the Newtown IGA supermarket in Toowoomba was a great success, meeting all of the client’s objectives.