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Retail Store of the Year: And the winners are…


New York -- Simons, Canada’s eclectic and fashion-forward department store retailer, received top honors in Chain Store Age’s 31st annual Retail Store of the Year design competition. The company’s 118,000-sq.-ft. store in West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Canada, was named Store of the Year. Designed by figure3, Toronto, Simons also was the winning entry in the department store category.

Here is a complete list of the winning projects (all first place except where noted), which will be featured in a special section in the March issue of Chain Store Age and reviewed at CSA’s annual SPECS Conference (March 17 -20) in Dallas:

  • Retail Store of the Year: Simons, Edmonton, Canada (Design: figure3, Toronto)

  • Soft Lines (up to 5,000 sq. ft.): Ann Summers, London (Fitch, London)

  • Soft Lines (Honorable Mention, up to 5,000 sq. ft): Puma, New York City (Plajer & Franz, Berlin; Nathan Lee Colkitt Architects, San Diego); and The Locker Room, London (Dalziel and Pow, London)

  • Soft Lines (5,000 sq. ft. to 15,000 sq. ft.): Aeropostle, Garden City, N.Y. (GH+A, Montreal)

  • Soft Lines (over 15,000 sq. ft.): Joe Fresh, New York (Burdifilek, Toronto)

  • Soft Lines (Honorable Mention, over 15,000 sq. ft.): Primark, London (Dalziel and Pow, London)

  • Hard Lines (up to 5,000 sq. ft.): Telus, Laval, Quebec (figure3, Toronto)

  • Hard Lines (over 5,000 sq. ft.): Aaron Brothers, West Hollywood, Calif. (Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio)

  • Department Store: Simons, Edmonton, Canada (figure3, Toronto)

  • Department Store (Honorable Mention): John Lewis, Exeter, U.K. (Dalziel and Pow, London)

  • Discount/Mass Merchant: City Target, Seattle (Target Store Design, Minneapolis; with outside design consultants Fitch, Columbus, Ohio)

  • Drug Store/Convenience Store: Walgreens, Chicago (Walgreens, Deerfield, Ill.)

  • Supermarket: Longo’s, Toronto (Watt International, Toronto)

  • Supermarket (Honorable Mention): Ole’, Chengdu, China (rkd retail/iQ, Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Fast Food/Casual Dining: Buffalo Wild Wings, Cincinnati (Fitch, Columbus, Ohio)

  • Fast Food (Honorable Mention): Double Wide Grill (Gruskin Architecture + Design, Springfield, N.J.)

  • Restaurant: Hakkasan, New York City, (Gilles Et Boissier, Paris)

  • Restaurant (Honorable Mention): Hyatt Regency Sway, Louisville, Ky. (FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati)

  • Specialty Food: Tazo Tea, Seattle (Cubic, Burnsville, Minn.)

  • Specialty Food (Honorable Mention): DFS Wine & Cigars, Singapore (rkd retail/iQ, Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Showroom: Stuart Weitzman, New York City (TPG Architecture, New York City)

  • Single Unit: AT&T Flagship, Chicago (Callison, Seattle)

  • In-Store Shop: Beauty boutique in Shoppers Drug Mart, (Agence Tuxedo, Montreal);

  • In-Store Shop (Honorable Mention): Paris womenswear in Costasnera, Santiago, Chile (Dalzier and Pow, London)

  • Service (under 15,000 sq. ft.): National Bank of Canada, Toronto (Ruscio Studio, Montreal)

  • Service (Honorable Mention, under 15,000 sq. ft. ): Laurentian Bank, Repentigny, Quebec City (Aedifica, Montreal)

  • Service (greater than 15,000 sq. ft.): Cineplex Cinemas and VIP Cinemas, Windermere, (Shikatani Lacroix Design, Toronto)

  • Warehouse Club: Makro Food Service, Hauhin, Thailand (rkd retail/iQ, Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Cashwrap: Carlos Pazolini, New York City (Giorgio Boruso Design, Marina Del Ray, Calif.)

  • Fitting Rooms (all first place): Aeropostale, Garden City, N.Y. (GH+A, Montreal); H&M, Miami Beach, Fla. (H&M, New York City); Simons, Edmonton, (figure 3, Toronto)

  • Exterior (up to 5,000 sq. ft.): Papyrus, Toronto (Architect: Jencen Architecture, Cleveland, Ohio)

  • Exterior (over 5,000 sq. ft.): El Palacio De Hierro, Villahermosa, Mexico (Architect: TPG Architecture, New York City); andLord & Taylor, Yonkers, N.Y. (Architect: Giorgio Borruso Design, Marina Del Rey, Calif.)


  • Creative Use of Technology: McCormick World of Flavors, Baltimore (JGA, Southfield, Mich.)

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