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Retail design firm to be acquired

BY Marianne Wilson

JLL has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Red Rooster, a brand experience and retail design services company based in Columbus, Ohio.

The acquisition, expected to close in January 2016, will expand JLL’s project management and design services with dedicated brand experience and design experts who can serve a broad mix of retail, food service, grocery and healthcare companies across the United States.

Big Red Rooster counts Under Armour, FedEx, T-Mobile, American Express and Nationwide Children’s Hospital among its clients.

“Adding Big Red Rooster’s team of designers and brand experts gives JLL a new level of expertise and a unique understanding about how important the customer experience is today to retailers and other consumer-facing companies,” said Todd Burns, president of PDS, Americas, JLL. “This acquisition strengthens our project and development capabilities while adding further expertise to our retail multi-site and brokerage services.”

Martin Beck and Aaron Spiess, who founded Big Red Rooster in 2002, will run this new arm of JLL’s project and development services business in the Americas. The firm’s entire staff of more than 100 strategists, designers, architects and digital experts is expected to join JLL.

“Our business has grown dramatically since it began 13 years ago as companies have realized the need to create multi-channel experiences for their customers,” said Spiess. ”The next step in our evolution is to integrate our strategy and design services with JLL’s project implementation processes to give clients a global and full-service experience for all of their retail brand experience needs.”

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Digital displays set mood at Primark

BY Marianne Wilson

Custom-built LED displays enhance the atmosphere at Irish fast-fashion retailer Primark’s first U.S. store, at Downtown Crossing in Boston.

The displays are integrated into high visibility locations throughout the store, blending into the environment and highlighting key features of the Primark brand. The displays are designed to attract shoppers, present current trends and provide store information in a hip, stylized fashion.

Technomedia Solutions, Austin, Texas, owned by Mood Media Corp., collaborated with Primark on the audio-visual experience.

Mood and Technomedia have completed similar projects for Primark’s stores in King of Prussia mall, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and Madrid, Spain.

“Primark has invested wisely in technology, creating sustainable, reliable experiences that will captivate its customers for years to come,” said John Miceli, president of Mood’s Technomedia Solutions.

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Call for Entries: Retail Design Institute’s annual store design competition

BY Marianne Wilson

Design firms and in-house retail design teams from around the globe are invited to submit projects for the Retail Design Institute’s 45th annual international store design competition.

The competition celebrates exceptional retail experiences across more than 20 categories from full-line department stores and specialty shops to restaurants and pop-ups. In addition, a single "Store of the Year" will be chosen from among the winning entries.

Eligible projects are those completed between Nov. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2015. The deadline for entries is December 31, 2015. For more information and/or to submit an entry, click here.All submissions will be accepted online.

New for 2015, the Institute is partnering with Chain Store Age magazine, the retail industry’s authority on store operations, to promote the competition and the winning projects. An awards ceremony honoring the winners will take place in Dallas, Saturday, March 12, at Lowe’s Anatole Hotel, the day before CSA’s SPECS Show 2016 opens.

Also new this year is a streamlined submission process designed to make entering the competition faster and easier. Entrants are not required to be Institute members. Members, however, receive member pricing and discounts for multiple submissions. (Learn more: https://www.retaildesigninstitute.org/index.php#)

The Institute’s design competition is the industry’s only peer-reviewed competition, with a judging panel comprised of professional Retail Design Institute members and other top industry professionals.

The competiion includes Institute’s prestigious "Innovation Awards," which recognizes exceptional concepts for Store Planning, Lighting, Visual Merchandising, Shopfitting & Fixtures, Sustainability, Finishes & Materials, Graphic Design and Digital/Technology Integration.

Founded in 1961, The Retail Design Institute promotes the advancement and collaborative practice of creating selling environments. The Institute fosters a collaborative community of creative professionals where ideas, knowledge and passion enable members to fulfill retailing’s fast-paced planning and design needs. Membership includes architects, graphic designers, lighting designers, interior designs, store planners, visual merchandisers, resource designers, brand strategists, educators, trade partners, media and students.

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