About the Annual Competition

The Institute’s 51st competition celebrates outstanding and innovative retail spaces that encourage new techniques in planning, design, graphics, lighting and visual merchandising.

Call for Entries

Contract design firms and in-house retailer design teams from around the globe are invited to submit projects covering all retail formats. (No entries accepted from general contractors, allied trades, fixture manufactures, material suppliers or owners’ representatives.) The competition celebrates exceptional retail experiences ranging from full-line traditional department stores to specialty apparel stores and restaurants to kiosks and pop-up shops.

Eligible projects are those completed between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

Winners will be included in “Stores of the Year 51,” published by the Retail Design Institute.

Sample Entry Form

For a preview of questions included in the submission form, click here.

Key Dates
Competition Opens – Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Deadline to Enter – Thursday, March 31, 2022 — EXTENDED TO MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2022

Entry Information
In order to enter, you must create an account.

A list of finalists will be announced in June 2022.

For more information, contact Janet Groeber; [email protected]

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