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Competition: 46th Annual International Design Competition

Call for Entries

Design firms and in-house retail design teams from around the globe are invited to submit projects for the Institute’s 46th Annual International Store Design Competition. The competition celebrates exceptional retail experiences across more than 20 categories from full-line departments stores to restaurants and pop-up shops.

Eligible projects are those completed between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

Entry Deadline: December 31, 2016! NOW EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY MARCH 1, 2017!!!

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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  Minneapolis | St. Paul Chapter is serving as judging host for 2016.


Multiple Opportunities To Have Your Project(s) Recognized. A first place winner and up to two "award of merit" 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.

Awards Ceremony

An awards ceremony honoring the winners will take in late Winter | Early Spring 2017. Watch this space for updates!

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 /Petroleum 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, Auto Showrooms)

U. Financial Services (including Insurance, Investment, Money Transfer)

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