Report: Wal-Mart de Mexico to focus on remodels

BY Dan Berthiaume

Mexico City – Wal-Mart de Mexico reportedly plans to increase business investment 7% during fiscal 2014 as it shifts focus from opening new stores to remodeling existing stores. According to Reuters, Wal-Mart de Mexico will spend about $1.1 billion in fiscal 2014, while increasing total floor space by about 5%.

In fiscal 2013, Wal-Mart de Mexico increased floor space by about 7%, opening 235 new stores in Mexico and Central America. CEO Scott Rank reportedly told analysts the retailer will also focus on improving performance at existing stores and in its grocery delivery service.

Wal-Mart de Mexico also reportedly plans to pay an extraordinary dividend of roughly $500 million after the planned sale of its restaurant division goes through. The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating the company for allegedly bribing Mexican officials to help get permission to open new stores.


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2014 Retail Store of the Year: And the winners are …

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Liverpool, Mexico’s largest department-store chain, received top honors in Chain Store Age’s 32nd annual Retail Store of the Year design competition. The company’s stylish and contemporary 301,400-sq.-ft. store in Veracruz was named Store of the Year, and also took top honors in the Department Store category. It was designed by FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati.

In other top honors, Walgreens’ net-zero energy store — an industry first — in Evanston, Ill., was named Sustainable Store of the Year. And Build-A-Bear Workshop, Garden City, N.Y., was the top finisher in a category new to the competition: Digital In-Store Innovation.

Here is a complete list of the winning projects (all first place, except where noted), which will be featured in the February/March issue of Chain Store Age and celebrated at a reception during CSA’s annual SPECS Conference (March 9 – 11) in Dallas:

Retail Store of the Year:
Liverpool, Veracruz, Mexico (Design: FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati)

Sustainable Store of the Year
Walgreens, Evanston, Ill. (Walgreens, Deerfield, Ill.)

Digital In-Store Innovation
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Garden City, N.Y.

Soft Lines (up to 5,000 sq. ft.)
Sperry Top-Sider, Natick, Mass. (Callison, Seattle)

Soft Lines (Honorable Mention, up to 5,000 sq. ft.)
Volcom, New York (Interbrand Design Forum, Dayton, Ohio)

Soft Lines (5,000 to 10,000 sq. ft.) Tie
Nike, Seattle (Nike, Beaverton, Ore.)
Barbour, Chicago (RGLA Solutions, Schiller Park, Ill.)

Soft Lines (over 10,000 sq. ft.)
H&M Times Square, New York City (H&M, Copenhagen)

Soft Lines (Honorable Mention, over 10,000 sq. ft.)
David’s Bridal, London (David’s Bridal, Conshohocken, Pa.)

Hard Lines (up to 5,000 sq. ft.)
Cannondale, Carle Place, N.Y. (Bergmeyer Associates, Boston)

Hard Lines (Honorable Mention up to 5,000 sq. ft.)
AT&T Store of the Future (Callison, Seattle)

Hard Lines (5,000 to 10,000 sq. ft.)
Real Madrid Official Store, Madrid (Sanzpont (arquitectura), Barcelona)

Hard Lines (over 10,000 sq. ft.)
Pirch, Glendale, Calif. (Fitch, Columbus, Ohio)

Department Store
Liverpool, Veracruz, Mexico (FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati)

Department Store (Honorable Mention)
Lord & Taylor, Boca Raton, Fla. (Lord & Taylor Store Planning/Design, New York)

Supermarket (up to 40,000 sq. ft.)
Whole Foods Market, Detroit (Design consultant: JGA, Southfield, Mich.)

Supermarkets (Over 40,000 sq. ft.)
Freson Bros. Fresh Market, Alberta, Canada (Shook Kelley, Los Angeles)

Supermarkets (Honorable Mention, over 40,000 sq. ft.)
H-E-B, Austin, Texas (HEB Grocery, San Antonio, Texas)

Drug Store
Walgreens, Boston

Convenience Store
My Goods, Denver (King Retail Solutions, Eugene, Ore.)

Hyper-mart, DongFang, Xiangtan, China (rkd retail/iQ, Bangkok, Thailand)

Single Unit (up to 5,000 sq. ft.)
Jockey Bra, Schaumburg, Ill. (JGA, Southfield, Mich.)

Single Unit (over 5,000 sq. ft.)
Kid’s Cavern, Macau, China (Callison, Seattle)

In-Store Shop (up to 20,000 sq. ft.)
Adidas Originals Collective, Footaction (Big Red Rooster, Columbus, Ohio)

In-Store Shop (over 20,000 sq. ft.)
Lord & Taylor, menswear (Highland Associates, New York)

Timberland, New York (Leonard Ostroff Design Associates, Montreal)

Showroom (Honorable Mention)
Virginia Tile, Chicago (JGA, Southfield, Mich.)

Casual Dining
Café Barista, Guatemala (Interbrand Design Forum, Dayton, Ohio)

Casual Dining (Honorable Mention)
Starbucks, Montreal (Aedifica, Montreal)

Specialty Food
DFS Wine and Cigars, Macau, China (rkd retail/iQ, Bangkok)

Specialty Food (Honorable Mention)
Papa Murphy (Tesser, San Francisco)

Specialty Food (Honorable Mention)
Maybury, Dubai (Brand Creative, Dubai)

Food Court Restaurant
Kung Pao Wok, Richmond Centre, Richmond, B.C. (Dialogue 38, Toronto)

Florida International University (FIU) Restaurant Management Lab, North Miami, Fla. (Echeveria Design Group, Coral Gables, Fla.)

Restaurant (Honorable Mention)
New Generation, Toronto (Dialogue 38, Toronto)

Service (up to 10,000 sq. ft.)
Sterling Bank, Portland, Ore. (Callison, Seattle)

Service (Honorable Mention, up to 10,000 sq. ft.)
American Express Centurion Lounge, Las Vegas (Big Red Rooster, Columbus, Ohio)

Service (over 10,000 sq. ft.)
The Red Door, New York (TPG Architecture, New York)

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select, McCarran Airport, Las Vegas (Fitch, Columbus, Ohio)

Exterior (freestanding)
Ja Bistro, Toronto (Dialogue 38, Toronto)

Exterior (in-line)
Sperry Top-Sider, Natick, Mass. (Callison, Seattle)
White House/Black Market, Toronto (Chico’s FAS, Fort Meyers, Fla.)

Cash Wrap
Real Madrid Official Store, Madrid (Sanzpont, Barcelona)

Fitting Room
Sperry Top-Sider, Natick, Mass. (Callison, Seattle)
David’s Bridal, London (Design: David’s Bridal, Conshohocken, Pa.)


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C.Mathewson says:
Mar-16-2014 07:50 am

We have been to Liverpool and it really has a great modern architectural charm both outside and on the interior. Congratulations for winning the retail store of the year.



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Ross Dress for Less expanding in Chicago area


Dublin, Calif. – Ross Dress for Less will open four new locations in the greater Chicago area on March 8, 2014. These openings bring the total number of Chicago area stores to 35 for the retailer.

New locations will be in Pullman Park Shopping Center in Chicago, Lake Park Pointe Shopping Center in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Waukegan Plaza in Waukegan, and Butterfield Plaza in Downers Grove. Together, Ross Dress for Less and DD’s Discounts currently operate approximately 1,300 off-price apparel and home fashion stores in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.


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