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Class of 2018 Winners Vying for Store-of-the-Year Honors May 22, 2019 in NYC!

Updated: Oct 1, 2023

Results are in for the 48th International Design Competition! Which retail environment – of the 45 winning finalists -- will be Store of the Year for 2018? Find out May 22, 2019 at the 48th Design Award and Store of the Year Gala in New York City.

Project finalists (already winners for design excellence and execution in the annual competition) for the coveted Store of the Year award range from pop-up spaces and large-format specialty stores to supermarkets, along with many other formats. They also represent the work of 30 design firm and in-house teams based in North America, Europe and the U.K. Winning project locations span the globe from Beijing to Yorba Linda, Calif., with stops in London, New York City and Toronto, among others.

The following projects make up the Institute’s Class of 2018, representing the best store designs opened in the previous year. The Chicago | Great Lakes Chapter hosted this year’s judging effort which took place March 23, 2019. Additionally, projects vied for the Institute’s Innovation Awards, which will be announced May 22 at Current, Chelsea Piers, New York City.

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  • ABC-MART Grand Stage, Seoul, Design: CallisonRTKL, Seattle;

  • adidas, Beijing, Design: Gensler, New York;

  • Air: A Portable Pop-Up Park, Design: Little, Charlotte, N.C.;

  • Avril Supermarché Santé, Laval, Qué., Design: Aedifica, Montréal;

  • Birkenstock, New York City, Design: TPG Architecture, New York;

  • Brothers Marketplace, Waltham, Mass., Design: BHDP Architecture, Cincinnati;

  • Butcher’s Mark, University Park, Fla., Design: api(+), Tampa, Fla.;

  • Clean Market, New York City, Design: Heitler Houstoun Architects, New York;

  • Comcast, Gurnee Mills, Ill., Design: Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio;

  • CoverGirl, New York City; Design: FRCH Nelson, Cincinnati;

  • Creatif Art Studio, Pleasanton, Calif., Design: Retail Habitats, San Diego;

  • Deep Dive, Seattle, Design: Graham Baba Architects, Seattle;

  • Desjardins, Montréal; Design: Aedifica, Montréal;

  • Dockside Cannabis, Seattle, Design: Graham Baba Architects, Seattle;

  • Duty Zero, Hong Kong, Design: CallisonRTKL, Seattle;

  • El Palacio de Hierro, Mexico City, Design: TPG Architecture, New York;

  • FAO Schwarz, New York City, Design: Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio;

  • Farmacia Puente Colgante, Valladolid, Spain, Design: Marketing-Jazz, Madrid;

  • Innisfree, New York City, Design: Mapos Architects DPC, New York;

  • Jiaozi, Irvine, Calif., Design: CallisonRTKL, Seattle;

  • Johnnie Walker, Madrid, Design: Dalziel & Pow, London;

  • Kinton Ramen, Mississauga, Ont., Design: dialogue 38, Toronto;

  • L'Occitane, New York City, Design: L'Occitane en Provence, New York;

  • Longo’s, Stouffville, Ont., Design: Ampersand Studio Inc., Toronto;

  • Made by We, New York City; Design: Mrs&Mr, New York;

  • Maitri, Uniontown, Pa., Design: High Road Studio, Tempe, Ariz.;

  • Marche, Atlanta, Design: Gensler, Atlanta;

  • Noah’s Bagels, Oakland, Calif., Design: Tesser Inc., San Francisco;

  • NuSkin, Guangdong Sheng, China, Design: Shikatani Lacroix Design, Toronto;

  • PetCoach, San Marcos, Calif., Design: CallisonRTKL, Seattle;

  • Roots Legends, Boston, Design: Roots Canada and Bergmeyer, Boston;

  • SC30, Oakland, Calif., Design: Under Armour, Baltimore;

  • Shake Shack, Denver, Design: WD Partners, Columbus, Ohio;

  • Sleep Number, New York City, Design: Sleep Number, Minneapolis and JGA, Southfield, Mich.;

  • Sparkman Wharf, Tampa, Fla., Design: api(+),Tampa, Fla.;

  • T-Mobile, Las Vegas, Design: FITCH, Columbus, Ohio;

  • Target, Portland, Ore., Design: Target, Minneapolis;

  • The Container Store, Dallas, Design: FRCH Nelson, Cincinnati;

  • The Shop at Bluebird, London, Design: Dalziel & Pow, London;

  • Tika, Toronto; Design: dialogue 38, Toronto;

  • Tokyo Central Specialty Market, Yorba Linda, Calif., Design: Little, Charlotte, N.C.;

  • Trailbend Taproom. Seattle, Design: Graham Baba Architects, Seattle;

  • Tsjujiri, Toronto, Design: dialogue 38, Toronto;

  • upa!, Santiago, Chile; Design: Bona Design Lab Inc., New York;

  • Whole Foods Market, Burbank, Calif., Design: DL English Design, Pasadena, Calif.


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