Our Consultants

Nicole Klimek



Oceanside, California


(651) 353-1928


Store Planning and Design, Interior Design and Marketing

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  • Profile Overview arrow
  • Profile Overview
  • Articles from CDS Consulting publications
  • Articles in Cooperative Grocer or other publications
  • Other works by Nicole Klimek

Nicole Klimek has always loved co-ops going back to when she was a child shopping with her mom at Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville, Minn.

Throughout the years she has channeled this passion for community and cooperation and merged it with her expertise in development and design. Nicole specializes in food co-op store design in her work with CDS Consulting Co-op.

She is interested in how communities are created through good design, and sees food co-ops as a big part of what makes a place livable. Nicole’s grocery store plans incorporate green practices, including LEED certification, efficient operations, and comfortable shopping experiences. “Co-ops are focused on their communities and they want to bring good things to them when they do a project. I do too. I believe in respecting the environment and knowing where things come from—whether it’s food, clothes, or building materials,” she said.

Nicole is also an accredited interior designer, and she puts those skills to work for her clients, consulting with them on how cart bumper colors, countertop laminate, fixtures and equipment interface with marketing for a cohesive brand. “I always think of store planning as the skeleton and interior design as the skin and muscle. Unified interiors really bring out the entire design.”

“ We are thrilled with our new store design. The colors and materials that were chosen blend perfectly. And we stayed in budget. Our customer comments have been extremely positive and our strong increase in sales confirms that. I would highly recommend Nicole. ”

Baard Webster, General Manager, Spiral Food Co-op, Hastings, Minn.

“ Nicole’s skill in store planning and design is complemented by her passion for cooperatives and all things organic. Having worked directly with her for six years, I have witnessed the caring attention she gives each of her clients. ”

PJ Hoffman, Business Development, NCG Development Co-op

“ Nicole has just blown us away from day one of working with us. Nicole is a unique combination of detailed, equipment/build out knowledgable, and having a very savvy understanding of brand and what it means to a food co-op. ”

Jacqueline Hannah, former General Manager, Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana, Ill.