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Retail Design Firm Resource Guide

2011 VMSD’s Retail Design Firm Resource Guide

17th annual look at who’s who in the industry



With an air of cautious optimism, the retail industry is building on the momentum of 2010 and looking to brighter days in the coming year. The retail design firm business is right there with them, ready for action. Of the 55 firms that participated in this year’s survey, more than half said their business was up in 2010. Another positive indicator, the days of cutting staff seem to be behind us, too, as the majority of companies say they’re maintaining current staff levels or looking to add positions in the coming year.

Those new hires are certain to be helping with the new initiatives and services that design firms have added in the last 12 to 18 months. According to VMSD’s survey, the top five new services include LEED/green consulting, materials sourcing/selection, site selection, fixture design and construction planning. These expanded offerings, combined with stable and motivated staffs, will help carry the industry forward in 2011 and beyond.

Click the link below for the directory of participating companies, contact information and recent projects, as well as the ranking of firms by retail design fees.

For an in-depth look at the changing relationship between retailers and design firms and the new strategies designers have been putting in place to stay competitive, see VMSD’s exclusive report from the February issue.



Those firms interested in participating in next year's survey should contact editor Anne DiNardo at



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