Retail Environments News
A.R.E.’s popular regional Shoptalk series comes to
Dallas this month, combining networking and education as A.R. E. presents its 2012 Design Trends Report.
The report, developed through a comprehensive analysis of A.R.E.’s extensive library of cutting-edge new
retail projects and displays, will be presented by Karen Schaffner, publisher
of Retail Environments magazine, and Jo Rossman, LEED, AP ID+C, GPAP,
A.R.E.’s manager of sustainability and designer programs. Ticket sales
for the event benefit PAVE.
The event will take place on Thursday, September 27, from 6 to
9 p.m. at the newly renovated Fossil headquarters in Richardson, Texas—
a 535,000-square-foot space that has been meticulously designed to suit
the hip, energetic Fossil lifestyle, including a fitness center and cafeteria.
Register in advance at www.retailenvironments.org.
Retailers Gather at Fossil in Dallas Area for A.R.E. Shoptalk
Fossil will host A. R. E.’s Dallas Shoptalk networking event September 27
at the company’s new 535,000-square-foot headquarters.
A.R.E. Wants Your
Design Awards Entries!
The industry’s premier awards compe-
tition is now open for entries online.
If you have a store or shop design that
might be your ticket to greatness, we want to see it. And
suppliers, there’s plenty of room for your unique contribu-
tions. A.R.E.’s competition is the only one that calls out
individual elements including store fixtures, visual presen-
tations, flooring, in-store communications, lighting, and
wall treatments for special awards. The first step is entering.
Visit us online at www.aredesignawards.com.
Save by entering early; the early-bird deadline is Dec. 17.
Final deadline is Jan. 15.
Major Discounters are Going Downtown
Target Corp. is using its condensed City Target design to
join Walmart and its Walmart Express division in pursuing urban shoppers. The first seven City Target stores are
92,000 to 124,000 square feet, the latter the size for
the Chicago location. The first City Target stores opened
in July in Los Angeles and Seattle, as well as Chicago.
Future City Target stores will adjust their store size to
conform to local building ordinances.
Meanwhile, Walmart envisions eventually opening
hundreds of Express format stores and plans to evaluate the format after opening another four stores. The
first 10 Express locations, all opened since June 2011,
have been profitable in their first year. Express competes with dollar stores by featuring a wide variety of
impulse purchase items such as eggs, milk, and DVDs
in stores of 12,000 to 16,000 square feet.
(Source: This article appears, in longer version, in the
July 2, 2012, Crittenden Retail Space newsletter. The newsletter is provided to A.R.E. member companies as part of
their membership, and is available to others on a subscription basis. For more information on this and other Crittenden
publications, visit www.crittendenonline.com.)
World’s Top Forecasters
to Share Trends at Retail Design Collective
A.R.E.’s Retail Design Collective, scheduled for December 5 to 7,
2012, in New York, will feature daily conference sessions focused
on design and visual merchandising trends. Trend forecasting
experts will highlight this year’s program, along with a panel
discussion on the reinvention of department stores.
The smaller, more-focused sessions, sponsored and developed by media partners
DDI, Stylus, and VMSD, will be held in 7 West’s Retail Lounge. As of press time, the
following information was available:
; • Wednesday, December 5 | 10: 30 to 11: 30 a.m.: Store design and visual merchandising trends forecast presented by Maren Hartman, WGSN East Coast Content Director. A
former designer, Hartman’s credentials include stints at Abercrombie & Fitch, American
Eagle Outfitters, Aeropostale, and Stella McCartney. (Media partner: DDI)
; • Thursday, December 6 | 9: 30 to 11 a.m.: Master Class—Once considered the dinosaur of retailing, the department store sector is proving it’s full of life as retailers,
including Macy’s, Lotte, Nordstrom, and JCPenney, lighten up their store interiors,
invest in services and amenities, and find balance in their brand mixes. Join VMSD
Editor Anne DiNardo and a panel of retail and design experts as they discuss the
latest department store strategies and share store design trends from around
the globe. (Media partner: VMSD)
; • Friday, December 7 | 10: 30 to 11: 30 a.m.: Stylus will present the latest future
thinking, looking at prevailing consumer trends, and providing a catalyst to push
the design industries to new levels. Stylus is an online business intelligence tool
that provides reports and inspiration for 20 industry sectors. (Media partner: Stylus)
At press time, 35 companies had signed on with showrooms: Ace Designs, Adel
Rootstein USA, Almax, Alpha Display, ALU, Architectural Systems, B+N Industries,
Bernstein Display/MC, Bishop Fixture, Bolon by ViiiR, CDW Merchants, Christine Taylor
Collection, Cubic, Elevations, Goldsmith, Greneker, H+B, Holiday Foliage, JPMA Global,
Leo Prager, Lifestyle/Trimco, Manex France Display, Material ConneXion, Media Graph,
MG Concepts, Mondo Mannequins/Sellutions by Econoco, Patina-V, RHO, RPG,
Siegel & Stockman/Superior Model Form, Silvestri California, Universal Display,
VISPLAY, Visual Citi, and Visual Magnetics.
For more information on Retail Design Collective, including a link to participating
hotels and registration, visit www.retaildesigncollective.com or contact Karen Doodeman,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Retail Design Collective is also on Facebook
( www.Facebook.com/RDCollective) and Twitter (@RDCollective).