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Barneys Co-Op Named Store of the Year in CSA Design Competition


New York City -- Barneys Co-Op, in Brooklyn, N.Y., won top honors in Chain Store Age’s 29th annual Store of the Year Retail Design Competition, which attracted entries from around the globe. Taking inspiration from the avant-garde art galleries that abound in the area, the 9,400-sq.-ft. store is in-tune with the emerging character of the neighborhood while being respectful of Brooklyn’s history. The space has a hip, upscale industrial look that feels right at home in the locale (Click here for photos).

In addition to being named Store of the Year, Barneys Co-Op took top honors in the soft lines category (5,000 to 15,000 sq. ft.) and the fitting room category. AEdifica, Montreal, served as the design firm and architect for the project.

In addition to the category winners, the judges gave a special award for innovation to the Flagship Store Powered by Reebok, at the New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. (click here for photos). A flexible design allows the interior to be easily transformed to accommodate either of the stadium’s resident football teams -- the New York Giants and New York Jets.

Barneys Co-Op, Reebok and all the other winners of the Store of the Year competition will be featured in Chain Store Age’s March issue.

Here is a complete list of this year’s winning projects (all are first place except where noted):

Store of the Year

Barneys Co-Op, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Soft Lines (less than 5,000 sq. ft.)

Merrel, Rockford, Mich.

Honorable Mention: Verona Vibe, Gatineau, Quebec

Soft Lines (5,000 to 15,000 sq. ft.)

Barney’s Co-Op, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Honorable Mention:Flagship Store Powered By Reebok, East Rutherford, N.J.

Soft Lines (15,000 sq. ft. plus)

Aeropostale, New York City

Hard Lines (less than 5,000 sq. ft.)

metroPCS, Orlando

Honorable Mention: Lego, New York City

Honorable Mention: Britto, Miami

Hard Lines (greater than 15,000 sq. ft.)

Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us, King of Prussia, Pa.


Lakeview Grocery, New Orleans

Honorable Mention: Longo’s, Toronto

Honorable Mention: Calgary Co-Op, Calgary, Alberta


Swiss Farms, Milmonth, Park, Penn.

Casual Dining

Laughing Noodle, Springfield, Ohio

Honorable Mention: Tom & Eddie’s, Chicago


The Chairman’s Suites, Toronto

Honorable Mention: Autostrada, Vaughn, Ontario

Specialty Food

SAQ Signature, Quebec City, Quebec

Honorable Mention: The Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, Calif.

Department Store

Liverpool Polanco, Mexico City

Honorable Mention: Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica, Calif.

Discount/Mass Merchant

The Exchange, Oklahoma City, Oka.

Drug Store

Duane Reade, New York City

Attraction Retailing

Disney Store, Montebello, Calif.


Donato Salon + Spa, Toronto

Honorable Mention: Bravern Red Door Spa, Bellevue, Wash.

Home Improvement

Almacenes Corono, Bogota, Columbia


Snaidero USA, New York City

Honorable Mention: Centura, Montreal, Quebec

In-store Shop

Women’s Shoe Dept., Macy’s, Oakbrook, Ill.

Pop-up Store

Ridemakerz, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

International hard Lines (less than 10,000 sq. ft.)

Nokia Experience Centre, Delhi, India

Honorable Mention: Holpe+, Shenzen, China

International Hard Lines (over 10,000 sq.ft.)

Suning elite, Shenzen, China

International Soft Lines

Levi’s, London

Honorable Mention: Carlo Pazolini, Milan, Italy

International Department Store

Lotte, Seoul, South Korea

Honorable Mention: Lotte, Busan, South Korea

International Supermarket

Landmark Supermarket, Manila, Phillippines


International Currency Exchange, Quebec City, Quebec

Fitting Room

Barneys Co-Op, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Cash Wrap

7 for all Mankind, Santa Monica, Calif.


Red Door Spa, Phoenix

Architect: cmda design bureau inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Honorable Mention: Walgreens, Oak Park, Ill.

Special Judges Award for Innovation

Flagship Store Powered By Reebok, East Rutherford, N.J.

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