One of London’s most recognisable Japanese supermarkets, Japan Centre, has opened a brand new flagship store on
Panton Street, just a stone’s throw from the bright lights of Leicester Square.

The latest site from the Japan Centre Group, whose restaurants include Sakagura, Shoryu and Ichiryu, sees the opening of a ‘Depachika’: a stylish department store food hall usually located at basement level, and filled with temptingly packaged products and ready-to-eat delicacies. 

Developed by the team at CADA Design, Japan Centre Panton Street adheres to the operational principles of Depachika, combining the industrial nature of the existing building with traditional Japanese simplicity and a thoughtful approach to design.

The new food hall combines a range of specialist rooms and a central 100-seat dine-in courtyard. Three specialist departments offer a unique customer experience, with dedicated Tea, Sake and Miso areas. These departments are distinct from the main food hall with contrasting timber tones to give them their own identity. 

Solus were delighted to work with CADA Design to supply a fantastic array of trend-leading tiling products to various areas of Japan Centre. In the food hall, visitors are welcomed by a complex flooring design, which was created with chevron and hexagon shaped tiles from the versatile Recon range.

When customers are ready to check out, they are also greeted by a beautifully clad service counter, which features a combination of plain and three-dimensional hexagon tiles from the evocative Silhouette and Dynamic ranges. Directly behind, distinctive hand-made encaustic hexagon tiles complement the modern Japanese scheme.

Concrete is used in many aspects of the design, and Solus helped to complete this aesthetic with large format, authentic looking concrete effect tiles from the Horizon range, which can be seen on the counter fronts and walls of many of the quick service food locations.

Authentic and realistic concrete tones

A chic and modern design that sympathetically marries the concept of a Japanese Depachika with contemporary merchandising displays and trendsetting finishes, Japan Centre is fast becoming a ‘must visit’ location for locals and tourists alike.

Photography by Steve Joyce