48th International Store Design Competition

About the annual competition

The Institute’s annual competition — in its 48th year — celebrates outstanding and innovative retail spaces that encourage new techniques in planning, design, graphics, lighting and visual merchandising.

For a complete walk-through of the registration and submission process click here

Call for Entries

Design firms and in-house retail design teams from around the globe are invited to submit projects covering all retail formats. (No entries accepted from general contractors, allied trades, fixture manufacturers, material suppliers or owners’ representatives.) The competition welcomes 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, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

The Institute is pleased to partner with CSA magazine in publishing winning projects from the “Class of 2018.”

Submissions require a 750-word narrative, plus photo captions for each submitted image (maximum of 8 for specialty stores and 12 for department store, big box and mass merchant categories) and a floor plan. The narrative should cover the project’s scope, goals and objectives, customer journey and branding. Text should also outline details such as store planning, design, materials, lighting and visual merchandising. Entrants are also asked to list the general contractor and suppliers to the project including additional consultants and contractors, plus equipment and decor vendors.

Key Dates

Competition Opens – Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Deadline to Enter – Friday, February 15, 2019  Friday, March 8, 2019

Entry Information

In order to enter, you must create an account.

Membership Entry Rates

In order to receive membership rates for submissions you must be logged in to this site as a member.


A list of finalists will be announced in March 2019, and the Store of Year winner will be announced at the 48th Awards Gala & Fundraiser scheduled for May 22, 2019 in New York City.


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

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