Rules and Information

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: November 7, 2013

Call for Entries

Design firms and in-house retail design teams from around the globe are invited to submit projects for the Institute’s 43rd Annual International Store Design Competition. The competition celebrates exceptional retail experiences across over 20 categories from full-line departments stores to restaurants to pop-up shops. Eligible projects are those completed between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013.
Entry Deadlines
November 7, 2013 Entry Deadline
Judging: Industry’s Only Peer-Reviewed Competition
The judging panel will be comprised of Professional Retail Design Institute members and other top industry professionals. The Institute’s will soon name the chapter judging host for 2014.
Awards: Multiple Opportunities To Have Your Project(s) Recognized
A first place winner and up to two ‘award of merits’ may be awarded in each category at the discretion of the judging committee. In addition, a single ‘Store of the Year’ will be chosen from amongst all the first place category winners. The Institute’s prestigious 'Innovation Awards' will also recognize exceptional concepts for their Store Planning, Lighting, Visual Merchandising, Shopfitting & Fixtures, Sustainability, Finishes & Materials, Graphic Design, and Digital/Technology integration.
Award Ceremony: A Global Celebration & PR Coup for the New Year
An awards ceremony honoring the winners will take place in New York City in January 2014. The celebration is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 11, 2014 (NRF Big Show week). An after party and networking gala will follow the awards, including event photos.
Marketing Impact: Your Winning Entry Will Be Showcased on Five Continents
The Institute’s global reach will take a recap of the 2013 winners on a road show that will include such prestigious stops at ICSC, RDI Global Chapters, EuroShop and events on five continents. No other design awards have this reach and ongoing exposure.
Entry Categories
A. New or Completely Renovated Full-Line Department Store
B. New or Completely Renovated Specialty Department Store
C. New Shop Within an Existing Full-Line or Specialty Department Store
D. Hard line Specialty Stores (e.g., Mall Stores, Standalone Stores, Strip Center Stores including Outlet Centers, or Retail Stores)
E. Soft Line Specialty Store
F. Large Format Specialty Store
G. Outlet Store
H. Value Retail
I. Supermarket
J. Specialty Food, Gourmet Grocer & Delicatessen
K. Fine Dining Restaurant and/or Bar
L. Quick Service Restaurant QSR (e.g., fast food restaurants, food court)
M. Casual Restaurant and/or Bar (e.g., pubs, diners, family restaurants)
N. Bar, Coffee, Tea Shop
O. Convenience /Petrol Store
P. Telecommunications, Mobile Technology Stores
Q. Lifestyle, Health & Wellbeing (incl. Travel)
R. Pharmacy
S. Temporary & Common Area Retail (e.g., Pop-Up Stores, Mobile Food Trucks, Trade Booths, Kiosks or Retail Mall Carts)
T. Brand Spaces (e.g., Manufacturer's Showrooms, Brand Experience Centers, Museums, Exhibitions, Car Showrooms)
U. Financial Services (incl. insurance, investments, etc.)


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