The editors of VMSD have named Whole Foods the winner of its 2011 Peter Glen Retailer of the Year Award. As in recent years, the official presentation will take place at IRDC, and attendees will be treated to a special session with Whole Foods' Christine Sturch, Midwest Interior Design and Branding Coordinator and Gabrielle Rosi, Senior Design Coordinator for the brand's Northern California region.
Who is Peter Glen? And why Whole Foods?
Peter Glen was a designer, consultant, industry critic, motivational speaker and VMSD columnist prior to his death in 2001. The award goes annually to the company that meets his demanding criteria for smart retailing, market awareness, innovation and an intuitive understanding of who its customers are and what they want, need and expect.
And here’s what VMSD editors had to say about this year’s award winner:
“Whole Foods has long been regarded as the most innovative retailer in the food sector, leading the way not only with natural and organic selections but also with smart store design, green building practices and outstanding visual merchandising. The company might have lost some momentum during the recession of 2008-09, but it has recovered through its insistence on never wavering on quality or principle. Shoppers know what Whole Foods stands for. And, as health and environmental consciousness continue to be important elements in consumers’ food choices, Whole Foods continues to dominate that sector of the marketplace.”
Recent winners include Best Buy, Costco, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters and Forever 21.
Both the award presentation and A Closer Look at the Retailer of the Year session are slated for Thursday, September 8 in San Francisco.