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Applications are now being accepted for Progressive Grocer’s sixth annual Store Design Contest, which recognizes supermarkets from around the nation that set the standard in overall excellence with innovative design concepts.
Contract firms and in-house store design teams are invited to submit store projects – inclusive of new construction and major remodels – that were completed and open for business from February 2014 through May 2015.
PG will showcase the new slate of Store Design Contest winners in its August 2015 issue, which will be highlighted with virtual store tours and online photo galleries on progressivegrocer.com.
“Continuously inspired by the significant role supermarkets play in Americans’ lives on a regular basis, we take great pleasure in showcasing innovative store design concepts that enhance the industry's image and improve the shopper experience," notes Meg Major, PG chief content editor. "At the same time, we're also pleased to have a chance to spotlight the industry's talented design teams, whose savvy skills and keen eyes for detail collectively result in measurable improvements with traffic flow, higher store sales, and more satisfied and engaged grocery shoppers."
Contract design firms and in-house design teams can submit a maximum of two (2) entries per budget category. Winners, runners-up and honorable mentions will be recognized in six budget categories, including a new Best Store Conversion category added for 2015, for new supermarkets that have been converted from former non-grocery building spaces.
The six Store Design Contest entry categories are:
- Best Overall Store Design (new ground-up construction, over 50,000 square feet)
- Best Overall Store Design (new ground-up construction, under 50,000 square feet)
- Best Store Conversion (converting a former building space to a new supermarket)
- Best Remodel (less than $3 million)
- Best Remodel ($3 million to $6 million)
- Best Remodel (more than $6 million)
Concept store designs not yet completed/opened within the specified February 2014-May 2015 timeframe are ineligible to enter.
There is no entry fee. All winners will be notified by late July 2015; entries lacking all specified criteria will be disqualified.
Additional information and an online application for PG’s 2015 Store Design Contest can be found here.