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Guess Corp. Selects Firm to Design Its C-Stores

Retailer-in-the-making says it is developing ‘upscale’ convenience stores

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Guess Corp., a controversial new entrant in the convenience-store industry, has selected Scott + Cormia as its exclusive architecture firm, which will design the new “upscale” convenience stores being developed by the company's petroleum unit.

Durham, N.C.-based Guess Corp. made a splash that raised eyebrows and questions of legitimacy in mid-July with the announcement that is seeking to acquire at least 1,000 convenience stores in the next 12 months at an average of 100 c-stores per month.

Scott + Cormia is an Orlando, Fla.-based commercial architectural and interior design firm founded by Ray Scott and Matt Cormia. The firm is the company's lead architect for all commercial construction and renovation projects. Its initial assignments for Guess Corp. include the design of a planned National Security Park, as well as a new convenience-store design.

The firm will oversee architecture, interior design, engineering and provide construction management for the portfolio of real-estate projects currently pending for Guess Corp.

Scott + Cormia has “demonstrated an ability to develop luxurious and unique properties,” said Yolanda Gambrell, senior corporate vice president of Guess Corp.

Guess Corp. is a conglomerate that began as a trader of diamonds and has expanded into more than 20 business areas since 2012, including wine, chocolate, food, beverages, coffee and tea, according to its website. Major business lines include private jets, yachts, automobiles, fine art, private islands, casinos, hotels, publishing and lumber, among others. The company said its projected revenue for 2016 is $250 million and its asset base currently exceeds $100 million.

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