DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION

Off-pricer retailer sets 2017 expansion

BY Marianne Wilson

It’s going to be a busy spring for Stein Mart.

The Florida-based chain will open five stores this spring –– the first phase of its 2017 store plan to open a total of 11 new stores. The remainder of the locations will open in the fall.

“These new stores fall within our real estate strategy to grow sales by filling existing markets where we are doing well,” said Hunt Hawkins, CEO of Stein Mart, which operates 290 stores.

The locations and currently scheduled opening dates for Stein Mart’s spring new store group are:

• Auburn, Al.: Auburn Mall – March 23

• Bainbridge Township, Ohio: Marketplace at Four Corners – March 16

• Brentwood, Tenn.: Brentwood Place – March 16

• Cincinnati: 32 East – March 30

• Marietta, Ga.: Parkside at Cobb West – March 9

In addition, Stein Mart is relocating one store from Morrisville, N.C., to a new location at Parkside Town Commons in Cary on March 30. It also is planning to close five under-performing stores during 2017.

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ECOMMERCE

Final call for Shoptalk’s new ‘Hosted Retailers & Brands’ program

BY Marianne Wilson

Shoptalk, the “nextgen commerce event,” is still accepting applications for a new initiative that connects retailers and brands with technology companies — and provides complimentary tickets and travel reimbursement to the event.

Shoptalk will accept applications for its new “Hosted Retailers & Brands Program” until midnight on Friday, Feb. 17. More than 100 retailers and brands have already been accepted into the program. (Shoptalk will be held March 19-22, 2017, at the Aria in Las Vegas.)

Participating retailers and brands in the new initiative receive complimentary tickets to Shoptalk 2017 as well as $750 in travel reimbursement while agreeing to have eight 15-minute meetings with Shoptalk’s exhibiting companies. The meetings are being curated on behalf of participants to ensure they are as useful and productive as possible, Shoptalk stated.

Retailers and brands interested in participating in the “Hosted Retailers & Brands Program,” or learning more, can visit the website and fill out the application. Shoptalk will respond shortly after to confirm acceptance into the program.

Shoptalk 2017’s agenda can be found at Shoptalk.com/agenda.

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DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION

Store design competition extends entry deadline

BY Marianne Wilson

The Retail Design Institute has extend the deadline for submission of entries to the International Store Design Competition to March 1, 2017

Design firms and in-house retail design teams from around the globe are invited to submit projects for the Retail Design Institute’s annual competition. Eligible projects are those completed between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

All submissions accepted online at: Retaildesigninstitute.org/designcompetition

The contest celebrates exceptional retail experiences across more than 20 categories from full-line department and specialty stores to restaurants and pop-ups. This year’s judging panel consists of Institute professional members from its Minneapolis | St. Paul Chapter and other noted retail design experts.

Finalists will be announced in early April. An awards ceremony and fundraiser gala honoring winners will take place May 24, 2017, in New York City. Complete details coming soon. A portion of each entry fee benefits the Institute's Student Design Competition Prize Fund.

The original store design competition, now in its 46th year, attracts the best of the best in Store Design worldwide. The industry's only totally peer-reviewed competition managed in turn, by each chapter. On average, more than 200 international entrants vie for top awards.

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