Whole Foods Market, Detroit
Whole Foods Market’s core values of local, natural and environmentally responsible commerce are showcased in its store in downtown Detroit. The 21,506-sq.-ft. store, the retailer’s first location in the Motor City, features lower pricing and combines its signature organic and locally made/grown goods with a larger selection of private-label items and frozen and prepackaged foods.
The design celebrates the history and residents of the Motor City, from the antique Detroit signs re-fabricated by local artists to the Motown 45-LP records that on the checkout lane markers. A corrugated metal background for the cheese Department pays homage to the creative spirit of urban graffiti, while scraps of reclaimed and faded two-dimensional metal signs call out the take-out pizza and sandwich area.
The local vibe starts on the exterior, which features four large murals composed by local artists. Area artists also contributed heavily to the interior space, including a tile mural replica of the city of Detroit.
Sustainability is integrated into the building, which was constructed from the ground up. Green elements include night curtains on refrigeration cases, doors on daily cases, a while roof, skylights, polished concrete flooring, LED lighting, low-flow faucets and toilets and a highly efficient refrigeration system.
In addition, many of the décor materials and equipment used in the space were reclaimed or recycled, with reclaimed wood seating booths and salvaged brick. Even the produce bins were reclaimed, coming from an old store that had closed. And at least 75% of the refrigerated cases were refurbished.
Design Consultant: JGA, Southfield, Mich.
Graphics/Signage: Design Fabrications, Madison Heights, Mich.
Best Buy board gains weather, digital perspective
Weather Company chairman and CEO David Kenny has joined the Best Buy board of directors.
The Weather Company is the parent company of The Weather Channel and provides a portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and information. Kenny, who joined The Weather Company in January 2012, previously served as president of Akamai, a leading cloud platform and he also founded Digitas in 1997 until it was sold to Publicis Groupe in 2006 when he became managing partner. Kenny served on the board of Yahoo! From 2010 until 2012 and currently serves as a board member of The Ad Council and SessionM.
“We are delighted to have David join our Board,” said Hatim Tyabji, chairman of the Best Buy board. “One of the foundations of our Renew Blue transformation is the creation of a world-class multi-channel experience for our customers. Given David’s deep experience in the digital field, I am certain that his voice on the board will be valuable on these and many other topics. He combines deep strategic experience with the passion of an entrepreneur, and I know I speak for the entire board when I say I look forward to him joining us.”
Kenny said he has been an observer of Best Buy for a long time and has noticed how it is becoming a different company for customers and investors.
“The opportunity to join the board in the early innings of what is shaping up to be an impressive business transformation was impossible to miss,” Kenny said. “I am honored to become a member of the board and look forward to supporting the work (chief executive officer) Hubert Joly and his executive team have undertaken.”
Forever 21 Bats & Cats collection makes debut
Forever 21 has unveiled Bats & Cats, a limited edition collection of women’s and men’s apparel and accessories designed by Forever 21. The collection features 63 current pieces modeled by Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, model, DJ and daughter of Duran Duran bassist John Taylor.
The exclusive colletion features faux fur coats, knitwear, cat-eye sunglasses as well as authentic pieces in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, for what the company describes as comic-chic spin that ranges from Batman logo caps, catty accessories and Batman and Catwoman-inspired apparel for women and Batman-inspired apparel for men.
“We have been enthralled with the animal emergence and took to cats, epitomizing a soft femininity and bats, symbolizing our desire for nocturnal nonconformity for an updated approach to the trend,” said Betsy Zanjani, Forever 21 SVP of product design. “This limited-edition line will allow our customers to discover unique and contemporary merchandise with a nostalgic charm of bats, cats and the iconic Super Heroes of Gotham City.”
“We’re excited to partner with Forever 21 for the Bats & Cats collection to bring the iconic characters of Batman and Catwoman to the closets of fashionable fans in a fun and feisty way,” said Karen McTier, EVP, domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “From the comic panels to the catwalk, this collection is sure to drive fans batty.”
The exclusive line will be available in select stores globally and online at Forever21.com.