The Design Awards celebrate achievements in areas such as new store design, renovations, fixtures, visual presentation projects, and in-store communications. Entries are cited for excellence in design, originality in use of space and materials, and quality of concept execution.

If you are eager to showcase your knowledge, originality and passion for retail design, the 2021 Shop! Design Awards is an essential competition for you. Recognizing excellence and innovation in retail design, use of space and materials, and quality of concept execution, the Shop! Design Awards program is a well- established, industry recognized mark of distinction that is guaranteed to propel your career and deliver added exposure for your organization.

Entries may be submitted by retailers, designers, architects or suppliers of projects installed in operating retail environments between January 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. A project may only be entered by one company. Once it is entered, it is eligible for additional consideration for additional fees. Entries not complying with competition rules will be disqualified.

An independent panel of judges determines a Gold Award and up to two Silver Awards in each category. One overall store entry is also awarded Store of the Year. In addition, several projects will win special awards for individual elements: One of the special awards in appropriate categories will also receive a Fixture of the Year or a Visual Presentation of the Year. All awards are determined at the judges’ discretion; decisions are final.

Principal criteria for judging:
• excellence in design
• originality in the use of space and materials
• quality in executing the total concept
• in some cases, the highest return for dollars spent

Best Pivot | Brand Activation | Branded Shop Within a Store | Convenience Store | Department Store* | Department Within a Store | Hardline Specialty Store* | Pop-Up Store | Restaurant/Casual Dining | Restaurant/Fast Food | Restaurant/Fine Dining | Service Retailer( | Softline Specialty Store* | Speciality Food and Consumables Retailer* | Specialty Store over 25,000 sf* | Supermarket/Grocery Store*|Window Display

One Gold Award winner from qualifying categories (*) will be selected as the Store of the Year.  See the entry kit for full category descriptions.


Add one or more element categories to showcase individual aspects of your main category entry for only $60 more each!

NEW IN 2021: Companies can now enter an element category without entering one of the main categories. Please see page 1 of the entry it for pricing details.

Flooring | In-Store Communications | In-Store Visual Display | Lighting | Signage/Graphics | Storefront/Exterior | Store Fixture | Sustainability | Use of Technology | Wall Treatment

See the Entry Kit for full details


Early Bird: $199 | Early Bird Element Only: $150
Regular Rate: $375 |Regular Rate for Element Only: $300

Early Bird Rate: $325 | Early Bird Element Only: $300
Regular Rate: $525 | Regular Rate Element Only: $500

Element Add-On to full category submission : $50 per element

To verify your membership status, contact [email protected] or 847-686-2239.

See the Entry Kit for full details