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Architecture + Branding: Divergent branded store portfolio imitates one of Nike’s long held axioms

1-Global powerhouse Few would have believed that a gamble on importing Japanese-made running shoes into the US market would pen the opening chapters on what would become the story of the dominant name in sports apparel. In 1964, Phil Knight and legendary track coach Bill Bowerman founded Blue Ribbon Sports with the initial mission to … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Few vestiges remain from basic big box store design as Walmart experiments with expressive new design language in denser urban locales

1-Dot-com bubble replay? It feels like we’ve seen this movie before. US stock markets are making all time highs (ATHs), the Euro is making fresh lows against the dollar, and a Clinton is running for the highest office in the land. When the Nasdaq first broke through 5000 through the late 1990s into 2000, justaboutanything.com, … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Luxury marketplace requires brand to think different about its Apple Stores

1-This time it’s different In 1997, in an effort to stave off impeding bankruptcy, Apple, and Steve Jobs, accepted a $150 million lifeline from arch-rival Bill Gates at Microsoft (source: Bloomberg.com, cnet.com, engadget.com, forbes.com). In a world of increasingly generic PCs, Apple products remained different, and generally more expensive. However, convincing customers of Apple’s difference and … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Embracing embellishment, Tractor Supply retools its pragmatic prototype design

1-Lifestyle brand Catering to a narrowly defined clientele with sharp focus, Tractor Supply has managed to gain an enviable reputation within its market segment. Likely not a household name in some circles, in communities removed from the dense urban cores, TSC is quasi-inescapable. Founded as a mail order catalog business offering tractor parts to America’s … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Quaker Steak and Lube’s heritage gas station cues should prove essential to maintaining differentiated brand aesthetic into future

1-Oil is not well After rising to well over $140 US per barrel in 2008, oil prices have plummeted to below $30 US in the early part of 2016. A boon to consumers, the current supply glut and subsequent price collapse has nonetheless sent shock waves through the shale industry, hurt major oil-producing nations,  and … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Sparse American Apparel retail store design shifts focus squarely on merchandise

1-Twin streams After a disappointing Christmas holiday shopping season, many retailers, and especially fashion retailers, tend to dominate the business headlines for several weeks into the new year. However, for L.A.-based American Apparel, the troubles began much earlier. On October 5, 2015, after tumultuous years, the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Panda Express sheds old aesthetics and forges ahead into bright and fresh future

1-Holding court Ever present in food courts, malls, casinos, airports, college campuses, and military bases, Panda Express currently offers its take on American-Chinese cuisine across much of the United States. Tracing its origins to 1973 and the Panda Inn in Pasadena, California, the Panda Express brand opened its first location in the Glendale Galleria in … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Price Chopper attempts to shed old labels and recast the grocery store for what’s next

1-Industry under siege The grocery business has generated significant press in recent months, and not necessarily for similar reasons. In the summer of 2015, Whole Foods’s New York City weight debacle surfaced, tarnishing the brand’s enviable reputation, and putting a dent in its esteem on both Main Street and Wall Street (source: cnbc.com). Internet retailer … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Payless ShoeSource ties up its expansive store portfolio with colours

1-We aren’t (just) in Kansas anymore Located in malls, shopping strips/power centres and street-facing addresses, Payless ShoeSource stores are common across the nation. The undisputed “specialty family footwear retailer” in the Western Hemisphere, Payless eclipses other national footwear/shoe retail chains, doubling or tripling rivals such as Famous Footwear, Footlocker, Journey’s, Shoe Show or The Shoe … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Inconsistent design and location first approach ultimately dilutes GAP’s questionable built design equity

1-Tough slog It has been rather difficult slog for fashion retail in the last few quarters. Canadian retailers MEXX, and Jacob, have shuttered their operations. In early 2015, Wet Seal, Aéropostale, and Deb Shops have announced that they will be shuttering stores, or will be ceasing operations altogether. (source: retailndustry.about.com, cnbc.com). Photo: MEXX, front 3/4 view, 4190 Rue St-Denis … Continue reading