VMSD's 2018 Retail Renovation Competition

The editors of VMSD invite all design firms, construction companies, retailers, manufacturers and suppliers to submit store renovation projects for consideration in a one-of-a-kind competition highlighting retail renovation projects.

The deadline for submissions has passed. Please check back in spring 2019 for the 2018 competition form, or reach out to the VMSD editors at vmsd@stmediagroup.com to inquire about an extension.

Winners will receive...


  • FREE registration to the 2018 International Retail Design Conference (IRDC; valued at up to $1700+) at the Motif Hotel in Seattle, Oct. 2-4, 2018*
  • Featured coverage in VMSD’s September 2018 issue
  • A commemorative award and certificate


  • A discounted rate (savings of up to $400+) to attend IRDC in Seattle, Oct. 2-4, 2018
  • Coverage in VMSD’s September 2018 issue
  • A commemorative certificate


  • A discounted rate to attend IRDC in Seattle, Oct. 2-4, 2018
  • A mention in VMSD’s September 2018 issue
  • A commemorative certificate

 *Only retailers and those who work for design firms are eligible for a free IRDC registration. Manufacturers, suppliers and distributers MUST purchase an IRDC sponsorship to attend the conference. In the event an manufacturer, supplier or distributer wins, they will be allowed to gift their free registration to a preferred retail or design firm client. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Murray Kasmenn at murray.kasmenn@stmediagroup.com


Eligibility: Design firms, construction companies, in-house retail design teams, suppliers to the project (fixture companies, etc.) may enter store renovation projects in any retail sector (grocery, department store, big box, etc.) completed between January 1, 2017,  and December 31, 2017. Entries must include at least one floorplan and “before” and “after” photography of the completed project.

Projects completed before January 1, 2017 or after December 31, 2017 will be disqualified.

For complete rules, click here.

Each entry must include:

1. Entry form (scroll down), including a project description and photo release.

2. Digital photography – Upload images below.

  • Image requirements: high-resolution, 300 dpi images at least 5 by 7 inches in size. ("Before" photos do not need to be high-resolution or professionally taken.)
  • Label each digital file with project name, image number, category code and "before" or "after".
  • Place images for each entry into a folder labeled with retailer and project name and category code (Ex. “Macy’s, Spring 2017, Cat. D”.)
  • MUST INCLUDE "before" and "after" photos.

3. Floorplan(s) Any visual that can be provided to convey the physical size/scope of the project (upload below) will be accepted. MUST INCLUDE to be considered in the competition.

4. Supporting video Optional, but video is also accepted in submissions if available.

5. Entry fee - $200 per entry. After completing your electronic entry form, you will be prompted to an electronic payment form. If you have trouble with the online payment, please email Michael Woodson at michael.woodson@stmediagroup.com for an emailed "paper" payment form.

Questions? Contact the VMSD editors at vmsd@stmediagroup.com or call 513-421-2050.