Whole Foods Market, VMSD’s Retailer of the Year, to Discuss Store Design and Visual Merchandising at 2011 International Retail Design Conference in San Francisco

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The 11th annual International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) will be held September 7-9 in San Francisco at the Parc Wyndham boutique hotel. Plan now to attend IRDC—the premier educational and networking event for the store design and visual merchandising community.

Whole Foods, VMSD Retailer of the Year

Whole Foods, VMSD Retailer of the Year

Whole Foods has long been regarded as the most innovative retailer in the food sector.

Whole Foods Market, recently named VMSD magazine’s Peter Glen Retailer of the Year, will be the focus of a special session at the 2011 International Retail Design Conference in San Francisco, September 7-9 at the Parc Wyndham.

Christine Sturch, Whole Foods’ Midwest Interior Design and Branding Coordinator, will accept the award on Thursday, September 8 and discuss the role of store design and visual merchandising in the success of the Austin, Texas-based brand.

“Whole Foods has long been regarded as the most innovative retailer in the food sector, leading the way not only with natural and organic selections but also with smart store design, green building practices and outstanding visual merchandising,” said VMSD Editor at Large Steve Kaufman.

The Peter Glen Retailer of the Year Award honors VMSD’s former columnist, Peter Glen, who died in 2001 following a career in retail as a designer, consultant, industry critic and motivational speaker.

The award goes annually to the company that meets his demanding criteria for smart retailing, market awareness, innovation and an intuitive understanding of who its customers are and what they want, need and expect. Recent winners include Best Buy, Costco, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters and Forever 21.

Other highlights of the 2011 program include keynote presentations by Chip Conley, Founder and Executive Chairman of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, and Rob Forbes, Founder of Design Within Reach and PUBLIC Bikes; sessions on designing for the millennial shopper, unifying in-store technologies, growing retail brands with smaller stores and much more; networking roundtables; the sixth annual Iron Merchant Visual Merchandising Challenge; and San Francisco architecture and design tours.

Registration is underway at irdconline.com.

ABOUT VMSD
Cincinnati-based VMSD (Visual Merchandising and Store Design) is the leading magazine for retail designers and store display professionals, serving the retail industry since 1922. Every month, VMSD showcases the latest store designs and visual displays, presents merchandising strategies and new products, and reports on industry news and events. Learn more at vmsd.com.

ABOUT IRDC
Now in its eleventh year, the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) is the premier educational and networking event for the store design and visual merchandising community. Presented by VMSD magazine, IRDC combines inspirational sessions, expert Q&A, roundtable discussions, case studies and networking events into three productive days, drawing as many as 400 attendees from the U.S. and abroad. Learn more at irdconline.com.

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