Sport Chalet's 'Next Generation' Store Wins 2013 ICSC Design Award
Flagship Location in Downtown Los Angeles Receives Silver Accolade in the
Retail Store Category
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Honored for groundbreaking
retail design, Sport Chalet, a specialty sporting goods retailer, received the
2013 Silver Design and Development Award from the International Council of
Shopping Centers (ICSC). The accolade recognizes Sport Chalet's FIGat7th
Downtown Los Angeles location for its professional store design and
contribution to the success of the overall retail industry.
On the heels of this summer's grand opening, Sport Chalet's FIGat7th next
generation store reflects innovative design elements, including flexible
fixtures and modules that allow the store's footprint to be transformed within
hours. It also houses the brand's landmark Expert Center, which is located in
the middle of the store and boasts an open arena for hosting classes and
clinics that encourage consumers of all experience levels to discover
something new and embrace an active lifestyle.
Designed by the Los Angeles office of Gensler, the leading global design firm,
the concept provides a distinct visual identity that elevates the retailer's
offerings as the go-to urban resource for sporting gear, advice and support
from Sport Chalet's resident staff of Experts.
"We wanted to create a store experience that matched the brand's aesthetic,
and appealed to a particular audience of active city dwellers," said Craig
Levra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sport Chalet. "For us, the
FIGat7th location defines the future of retail and how our stores must remain
agile to meet the evolving needs of today's consumers. It's extremely
rewarding to be recognized for this innovative achievement that reflects the
passions and vision of our team at Sport Chalet."
Throughout its history, ICSC has recognized and honored the shopping center
industry's most cutting-edge properties, innovative solutions and creative
responses to market trends, as well as outstanding examples of design and
development around the world through its Global Awards programs.
ICSC announced the winners of the 2013 U.S. Design and Development Awards
during an awards ceremony at ICSC's annual CenterBuild Conference in Phoenix,
Ariz. The competition was open to shopping center owners, developers,
management companies, architects, designers, retailers, or other professionals
responsible for any retail project or retail store design that demonstrated
unusual development or redevelopment characteristics with a high degree of
creativity and uniqueness within the continental U.S. The competition focused
on four general categories: Innovative Design and Construction of a New
Project; Renovation or Expansion of an Existing Project; Sustainable Design;
and Retail Store Design.
For more information about Sport Chalet, or to find a nearby location, visit
www.sportchalet.com. For additional media inquiries, contact
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping
center industry. Its more than 60,000 members in over 100 countries include
shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists,
investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.
As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25
national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world. For more
information, visit www.icsc.org.
About Sport Chalet
Sport Chalet (Nasdaq:SPCHA) (Nasdaq:SPCHB)is a premier, full service
specialty sporting goods retailer featuring the industry's top sports brands
in apparel, footwear, and sports equipment. Founded in 1959 by Norbert Olberz,
the company has 52 stores in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah; an online
store at www.sportchalet.com; a Team Sales division; and offers more than 50
specialty services for the sports enthusiast, including online same day
delivery, climbing, backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, avalanche
education, and mountain trekking instruction, car rack installation, snowboard
and ski rental and repair, Scuba training and certification, Scuba boat
charters, team sales, gait analysis, baseball/softball glove steaming and
lacing, racquet stringing, and bicycle tune-up and repair at its store
locations. For more information, visit Sport Chalet at www.sportchalet.com.
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