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Former Thorntons Exec Launches Development Firm

BMZ guides clients through entire store development process

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Eric Zoph, a former Thorntons Inc. construction executive, has launched BMZ Development Group LLC, a new business for customers in retail design and development, particularly for the convenience-store industry.

BMZ covers the "full cycle" of store development, referring to every step of the building and development process, from site and store layout and optimization to construction and project turnover.

Zoph has 25 years of experience in site selection and store design, as well as permitting, zoning and construction. The team at BMZ can offer best practices for those seeking to improve their store design and development process, he said.

“Eric Zoph, the founder of BMZ, and his team are dedicated talented professionals who have a real passion for design and development," said Matt Thornton, CEO of convenience-store chain Thorntons. "They understand the dynamics and complexities of retail real-estate development from start to finish. I would highly recommend Eric for organizations interested in growing and/or branding their retail portfolios.”

How can retailers build their stores in a manner that best personifies a brand that customers will recognize and appreciate? Zoph said the answer starts with developing brand standards and a laser focus on design.

Louisville, Ky.-based BMZ Development Group uses the “Iron Triangle” of quality, cost and time as a driving principle to help retailers build their stores in a manner that best personifies a brand that customers will recognize and appreciate, he said.

Photo courtesy of BMZ Development Group. 

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