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08.22.11


2011 Preview

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HOTEL & TRAVEL

Good news for IRDCers booking travel now

Parc 55 Wyndham

If you haven't yet reserved your hotel room for IRDC 2011 in San Francisco, here's the scoop on rates and availability:

  • The conference hotel, the Parc 55 Wyndham, still has available rooms, but not in the sold-out IRDC discounted room block. The new rates, which vary by date, average $229 per night. If you want to be close to the action 24/7, book your room at the Parc 55 here.
  • The InterContinental San Francisco, which is .3 miles or about 7 minutes from the Parc 55, has rooms for $180 per night. Adjacent to the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco's SoMa (South of Market) neighborhood, the InterContinental is an easy walk to SFMOMA, Union Square and plenty of great restaurants and retail. Book here.

No discount codes are needed for either hotel. These are the current online rates available to the general public, while they last. If you're planning to attend IRDC, we encourage you to book your hotel stay ASAP!


RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Panelists announced for Whole Foods session

Whole Foods Market

We announced in early July that Whole Foods Market is the winner of VMSD's 2011 Peter Glen Retailer of the Year award. The official presentation happens at IRDC on Thursday, September 8, followed by an intriguing session on the role of store design and visual merchandising in the brand's success.

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IRDC SESSION PREVIEW

Q&A with VMSD European editor John Ryan

John Ryan

Each year IRDCers are treated to a whirlwind tour of new and interesting retail trends in Europe, courtesy of VMSD's European editor, John Ryan.

Based in London, Ryan covers store design for several publications and says the story this year is format experimentation—thanks to an economy that, in many European countries, remains difficult. Here's a preview of his September 8 session, European Retail: In With the New.

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SF RETAIL HOTSPOTS

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

If you're exploring Union Square—San Francisco's retail nucleus—during your conference downtime, head east on Geary Street and take a stroll through Paul Smith, one of just six U.S. stores for the British fashion designer knighted in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Known for his eclectic store designs and product mixes, Sir Paul opened the San Francisco location in 2009, with what he and his design team describe as "a striking mix of mid-century modern and traditional turn-of-the-century design."

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SF RETAIL HOTSPOTS

Public Bikes (with a special discount for IRDCers)

Rob Forbes

By now you're aware that IRDC's Closing Keynote speaker is Rob Forbes, founder of modern furniture retailer Design Within Reach.

When he left that business in 2007, Forbes opened Studio Forbes, and from there launched a new bicycle company called Public in 2009. The colorful, European-style bikes are sold in select DWR stores and bicycle shops throughout the U.S. and Canada. But to date, there's only one bricks-and-mortar Public store where you can see and test drive every model—at its headquarters in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood.

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WHO'S ATTENDING

A sampling of companies already registered for IRDC 2011 in San Francisco:

Buffalo Wild Wings

Callison

Chute Gerdeman

Family Christian Stores

Envirosell

Fiction

Fitch

FRCH

Gamestop

Gap

Gensler

Hallmark Cards

Harley-Davidson

Healthy Living Market

HMSHost

Kroger

Laura Canada

Limited Brands

Lippincott

Little

Lowe's

Luxottica

Macy's

McDonald's

Meijer

Michaels

Microsoft

Oakley

Old Navy

Procter & Gamble

Prophet

Sears

Specialized Bicycle Components

SuperValu

Target

TJX Companies

Vera Bradley

Walmart

WD Partners

Whole Foods Market

Yankee Candle

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