ShopWithMe, a futuristic-looking “smart” store at Pioneer Plaza, Chicago, took top honors as Store of the Year in the Retail Design Institute’s 45th annual International Store Design Competition. The awards were presented during a gala celebration on Saturday, March 12, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, the night before the kick-off of Chain Store Age’s annual SPECS Conference.
Designed by Giorgio Borruso Design, the 3,000-sq.-ft. ShopWithMe brings the best of offline and online shopping together under one roof, and creates personalized experiences for every shopper. The space is completely mobile. It is designed to be mass-produced so it can be deployed by retailers across the United States. Specialty retailers Toms Shoes and Raven + Lily were featured in the Chicago store.
The Retail Design Institute’s annual competition attracted entries from around the world, and featured 21 categories, ranging from department stores and specialty shops to supermarkets and pop-ups to restaurants.
Here is a complete list of all the winning projects (all winners are first place except where noted):
• Store of the Year:
ShopWIthMe, Pioneer Plaza, Chicago (Design: Giorgio Borruso Design)
• New or Completely Renovated Full-Line Department Store
David Jones, Sydney, Australia (Design: Dalziel & Pow)
Outstanding Merit: Hudson’s Bay, Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada (Design: Hudson Bay Store Planning & Design)
• New or Completely Renovated Specialty Department Store
Nordstrom, Pacific Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Design: Nordstrom Store Design, CallisonRTKL and James K.M. Cheng Architects)
• Shop Within an Existing Full-Line or Specialty Department Store
Hudson’s Bay, footwear, Queen Street , Toronto (Design: Hudson Bay Store Planning & Design)
• HardLine Specialty Store
Jins, San Francisco (Design: Kwan Henmi Architecture and Planning)
Outstanding Merit: Ponto Frio Premium, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Design: GH Consultoria de Varejo LTDA0)