CHICAGO, IL—Chute Gerdeman’s new prototype design for Aaron Brothers took home a Grand Prize award at last night’s A.R.E. Design Awards—wrapping up a complete sweep of first place finishes in its category.
A.R.E. presented Chute Gerdeman with the Grand Prize for hard line specialty stores, 3,001-7,500 square feet, at the A.R.E. Design Awards ceremony, recognized as the “Academy Awards of retail design.”
“It’s rewarding to see the hard work and talent of our creative team be recognized by multiple awards programs,” said Brian Shafley, president of the strategic brand and design firm.
In addition to the A.R.E. award, the Aaron Brothers prototype design took home top category awards in the following competitions:
Retail Design Institute: First Place, hard lines specialty store. There were over 170 entries representing projects and architects, designers and retailers from around the world.
Chain Store Age: First Place, hard lines stores over 5,000 sq. ft., in the magazine’s annual Retail Store of the Year competition. Winners were profiled in the magazine’s February/March 2013 edition.
The Aaron Brothers prototype stores are hip, urban and creative – providing an experience that inspires artistic expression. Throughout the store, the ambiance is one of an urban artist’s loft, with polished concrete floors, fixtures on industrial-style wheels and hand-hewn qualities.
“The new stores have far exceeded our expectations,” said Aaron Brothers’ CEO Jim King. “Our store prototype is a one-of-a-kind original store concept that is unique to our customers and our brand.”
“Aaron Brothers prides itself on inspiring artistic expression,” added Shafley, “and this new prototype builds on that, encouraging artists of all styles, ages and persuasions to pursue their passion.”