2017 Breakout Retailer Award Winners Announced

Chain Store Age is proud to announce the 2017 Breakout Retailer Award winners. In its second year, the award honors emerging retail/restaurant concepts that are innovative in their segment and show strong potential for growth.  
Selected by the editorial board of Chain Store Age, this year’s winning lineup features five forward-thinking brands  from five different industry segments, ranging from  an upstart eyewear merchant that seamlessly blends the best of offline and online to a fashion retailer whose giving-back philosophy resonates deeply with its customer base. The awards are sponsored by Paint Folks. 
“Retailers have to go the extra mile to succeed in today’s highly competitive and disrupted marketplace,” said Marianne Wilson, editor-in-chief, Chain Store Age. “In their own unique way, each of the five winning brands has done just that. Although these retailers are widely diverse, they are alike in their ability to engage and delight customers, online, in store or both. And they all have a very clear pathway for growth.”
The winners, which are listed below in alphabetical order, will be honored at Chain Store Age’s annual SPECS Conference (March 12-14, 2017, Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Fla.) during a special presentation sponsored by SPECS.

Altar’d State

Women’s apparel retailer Altar’d State combines a bohemian fashion sensibility, affordable prices and a distinctive store experience with an ambitious mission: to stand out for good and change the world for the better.  That mission, as much as Altar’d State’s merchandise offerings, keeps customers coming back. 


Bentley Pet Stuff

Family owned and operated, Bentley’s Pet Stuff is positioned in the fastest growing segment of the billion-dollar pet food industry: all natural foods. Dedicated to exceptional pet nutrition, Bentley’s has a neighborhood orientation that allows it to focus on customer service,




MOD Pizza

From the husband-and-wife team that founded Seattle Coffee Company, MOD Pizza is a fast-pizza innovator and one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the United States. With a purpose-driven culture, MOD is committed not only to being a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work.


Featuring gourmet sweets made by artisan candy makers from around the globe, Sugarfina is a luxury candy boutique for adults. It made the jump from online to offline with style, with stores as luxe and beautiful as the candies on display. 

Warby Parker

In coming up with a radical new model for selling and buying eyewear online, Warby Parker helped pioneer a new category: retail disruption. It carried that disruption over to brick-and-mortar, with stores that seem to effortlessly meld the best of online and offline retail — in spaces unique to each locale. 
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