Users need to find a (physical) store close to a specific location
Allow users to 'search' for a store and show the results on a map
You are designing a site for an organization that has physical stores associated with it. It does not have to be a 'store' but could also be a different department or office of that organization. Typically you find a store locator on E-commerce Site
, Corporate Site
, Automotive Site
or Museum Site
. Using a store locator requires that there are a large number of stores to be found, otherwise it is better to simply list the stores.
A store locator is a specific sort of Advanced Search
where you are specifically looking for stores, probably in a certain area. Therefore, the basic steps in the process become:
- Set the (partial) destination location
- Set search options, basically a filter on the possible results
- Activate the search engine
- Show a map with the results marked along with the textual addresses of the results
- Search again if the results are not satisfactory
Displaying the Search Results
is usually done using a Map Navigator
with the store marked as the points of interest. Details about the location of the stores are displayed in text next to the map. The search interface part is also preferably displayed again so that users can adjust their query easily and run a new search.
This pattern is a special version of the advanced search where users can only look for locations. This affects the search interface part and the way results are displayed.
At Barnes and Noble
users are offered a lot of search options:
The list of results is displayed above the map itself: