January 7, 2014

Destination Maternity Corp. is thinking big. The world’s largest retailer of maternity apparel is bullish on its superstore format, with new locations in Paramus, N.J., and Virginia Beach, Va. The Philadelphia-based company has an estimated 35% to 45% share of the U.S. maternity market.

The two new stores vary in size and have different layouts, as well as some merchandising variations. But both are designed as customer-centric, one-stop shopping resources. And both share a common vision.

February 28, 2013

The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon wireless retailer in the U.S., has unveiled a new design in its store in Indianapolis that will be incorporated into all its new stores moving forward.

December 27, 2012

With sales of spices and seasonings on a steady upswing, the 123-year-old McCormick & Company has opened its first-ever retail location. More than a traditional retail outlet, the 3,818-sq.-ft. McCormick World of Flavors is a destination that aims to build brand excitement and demonstrate the company’s leadership in flavor. It showcases McCormick’s complete family of products and brands, which run the gamut from Old Bay to Thai Kitchen.

May 3, 2012

Sleep Number takes shopping for mattresses and bedding accessories to a new level with its updated store design.

October 24, 2011

Ultra Diamonds has unveiled a contemporary prototype that provides the ideal home for its sparkling merchandise. The design showcases the breadth and diversity of the jewelry retailer’s assortment, while putting a stylish new spin on the space.


“It also makes the environment more inviting and accessible,” said Gordon Eason, creative director, JGA, Southfield, Mich. 


September 27, 2011

There is no escaping the pop-up or temporary store phenomena — and with retail vacancy still high in some markets, it’s not likely to go away anytime soon. What’s more, consumers seem to love them. 


While a few critics are grumbling that the proliferation of pop-ups has taken away from their impact, they are in the minority. Most experts agree that, as a retail platform, the temporary format has real staying power. 


April 19, 2011

Hot Topic has always strived to reflect the tastes, interests and attitudes of its customers and the newest evolution of its prototype is no exception.

April 13, 2011

Parking lots have typically not been associated with green and energy-efficient design and building practices. But according to some experts, that’s beginning to change. 


“Extensive changes are being made to reduce the carbon footprint of surface parking lots,” said Matt Jobin, AIA, project manager, Rich and Associates, Southfield, Mich., the oldest firm in North America dedicated solely to parking design and planning. 


September 30, 2010

Call it the Phoenix syndrome: Out of the ashes of the Great Recession, dynamic...

August 31, 2010

Casual Male Retail Group, the nation’s largest retailer of men’s big and tall apparel,...

March 4, 2010

Grubb & Ellis Co. said Friday that it has named Matthew Swantko as VP retail...

February 28, 2010

Chain store Age honors the winners of its 28th annual store design competition, which attracted entries...

October 31, 2008

Hiller’s, a family-owned supermarket chain based in Southfield, Mich., isn’t a proponent of cookie-cutter...

June 30, 2008

The new fixture plan at Edwin Watts Golf Shop offers the perfect balance of...

March 31, 2008

Borders chose its hometown of Ann Arbor, Mich., to debut the first of 14...

December 31, 2007

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February 28, 2007

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December 31, 2006

The art of entertaining, gift giving and celebrating is treated with elan at All the...

November 29, 1999

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