Retail Store of the Year: And the winners are…

New York City -- The latest jewel in the portfolio of Mexican department store operator Liverpool took top honors in Chain Store Age’s 30th annual Retail Store of the Year design competition. The company’s 319,000-sq.-ft. store in the Mexico City suburb of Interlomas was named Store of the Year and was also the winning entry in the Department Store category.

Here is a complete list of the winning projects, all of which will be featured in the March issue of Chain Store Age and reviewed at its annual SPECS Conference:

  • Retail Store of the Year and Department Store: Liverpool, Interlomas, Mexico (FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati)
  • Soft Lines (up to 5,000 sq. ft.): Wolverine Company Store, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Wolverine Worldwide Retail Group, Rockford, Mich.)
  • Soft Lines (Honorable Mention, up to 5,000 sq. ft.): Ben Sherman, London (Brinkworth, London)
  • Soft Lines (greater than 15,000 sq. ft.): REI, New York City (Callison, Seattle; and Uniqlo, New York City (Gensler, New York)
  • Hard Lines (under 15,000 sq. ft.): La-Z-Boy, Warwick, R.I. (Interbrand Design Forum, Dayton, Ohio
  • Hard Lines (15,000 sq. ft. to 25,000 sq. ft.): Fixtures Living, Costa Mesa, Calif. (Fitch, Columbus, Ohio)
  • Hard Lines (over 25,000 sq. ft.): West Marine, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Bergmeyer Associates, Boston)
  • Drug Store/Convenience Store: Duane Reade, NYC
  • Drug Store/Convenience Store (Honorable Mention): M local, Yorkshire, England (Fitch, London)
  • Discount Store/Mass Merchant: Bob’s Stores (FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati)
  • Specialty Foods: Godiva, New York City (d-ash design, Long Island City, N.Y.)
  • Specialty Foods, (Honorable Mention): PEZ Visitor Center, Orange, Conn. (RGLA Solutions, Schiller Park, Ill.)
  • Supermarket: Harris Teeter, Baltimore (Harris Teeter Markets, Matthews, N.C.)
  • Casual Dining: Giraffas, Miami (FRCH, Cincinnati);
  • Casual Dining (Honorable Mention): Pollo Campero, Webster, Texas (Interbrand Design Forum, Dayton, Ohio)
  • Restaurant: La Birreria, New York City (TPG Architecture, New York)
  • Single Unit: CODA, Los Angeles (Shook Kelley, Los Angeles)
  • In-Store Shop: Mark’s Rain World, Mark’s, Langley, British Columbia (Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Calgary, Alberta)
  • Service: Asian Paints Colour Store, Delhi, India (Fitch, Singapore)
  • Sustainability: TD Bank, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (TD Bank, Mt. Laurel, N.J.)
  • Cashwrap: Chicago Sports Depot, Chicago (RGLA Solutions, Schiller Park, Ill.)
  • Exterior: Liverpool Duty Free, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Gracia Studio, Mexico
  • Exterior (Honorable Mention): Uniqlo, New York City (Gensler, New York City)
  • Exterior (Honorable Mention): Uniqlo, New York

Special Awards

  • Fixture Innovation: Mark’s Rain World, Mark’s, Langley, British Columbia (Eventscape, Toronto; Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Calgary, Alberta)
  • Creative Use of Technology: Asian Paints, Delhi, India (Fitch, Singapore)
    Design & Sustainability Consistency: Safeway (Safeway, Pleasonton, Calif.)
  • Store Redesign: Puma, Paris (plajer & franz studio, Berlin)


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