New York City -- Barneys Co-Op, in Brooklyn, N.Y., won top honors in Chain Store Age’s 29th annual Store of the Year Retail Design Competition, which attracted entries from around the globe. Taking inspiration from the avant-garde art galleries that abound in the area, the 9,400-sq.-ft. store is in-tune with the emerging character of the neighborhood while being respectful of Brooklyn’s history. The space has a hip, upscale industrial look that feels right at home in the locale (Click here for photos).
In addition to being named Store of the Year, Barneys Co-Op took top honors in the soft lines category (5,000 to 15,000 sq. ft.) and the fitting room category. AEdifica, Montreal, served as the design firm and architect for the project.
In addition to the category winners, the judges gave a special award for innovation to the Flagship Store Powered by Reebok, at the New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. (click here for photos). A flexible design allows the interior to be easily transformed to accommodate either of the stadium’s resident football teams -- the New York Giants and New York Jets.
Barneys Co-Op, Reebok and all the other winners of the Store of the Year competition will be featured in Chain Store Age’s March issue.
Here is a complete list of this year’s winning projects (all are first place except where noted):
Store of the Year
Barneys Co-Op, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Soft Lines (less than 5,000 sq. ft.)
Merrel, Rockford, Mich.
Honorable Mention: Verona Vibe, Gatineau, Quebec
Soft Lines (5,000 to 15,000 sq. ft.)
Barney’s Co-Op, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Honorable Mention: Flagship Store Powered By Reebok, East Rutherford, N.J.
Soft Lines (15,000 sq. ft. plus)
Aeropostale, New York City
Hard Lines (less than 5,000 sq. ft.)
Honorable Mention: Lego, New York City