NELSON Launches Retail Practice, Hires Eric Eberhardt

June 09
NELSON Launches Retail Practice, Hires Eric Eberhardt

NELSON, a global architecture, interior design, branding, engineering, and consulting services firm, today announces that it has launched a Practice Area specializing in Retail Design and Roll-out, appointing new hire Eric Eberhardt as the department’s leader. The new practice area is the culmination of NELSON’s expertise in retail design, build-outs, prototypes, rollouts and renovations for a growing list of companies including Bank of America, Lexus, Verizon, Macy’s, Ivanka Trump, Richtree Market Kitchens, McDonald’s, Yum! Brands, Wendy’s, GAP, Sprint, AAA, 16 Handles, Wolfgang Puck Express, and Nationwide.

“The establishment of Retail as a focused Practice Area and the hiring of Eric Eberhardt is the most recent in of a series of moves we have made to grow the overall firm and to expand our ability to service new and existing clients,” said John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr., Chairman and CEO of NELSON. “Our design excellence, reputation for loyal relationship management, and renowned leadership in corporate and commercial design make retail a logical next step. Eric brings retail design and roll-out knowledge that further enhances our interiors, branding and architecture practices.”

As Director of Retail Practices, Eric Eberhardt brings over 26 years of experience in retail design, client relationships, architectural documentation, retail roll-out, and project management to the NELSON Team. Notable among his resume is the successful completion of the interiors and roll-outs for well-known retailers including JCPenney, Simon Property Group, Ashley Furniture, Bassett Furniture, Home Depot, Belk Stores, Eddie Bauer, Carhartt and Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers to name a few.

“Throughout my 26 years of practice the one thing that remains constant is establishing and maintaining expectations with people,” said Eberhardt. “This is the framework for all the other parts of the retail business from relationships, design, materials, and costs to schedules and everything in between. I also look at a given situation and look at all the possible outcomes and have a plan of action that’s based on those possible outcomes before they happen. With this daily approach I have been able to build a long list of loyal clients in the industry.”

NELSON is a global architecture, interior design, engineering, and consulting services firm. With nearly 500 Teammates in 35 locations around the world and strong experience in a broad range of industries, NELSON works with more than 20 percent of companies in the Fortune 100 and is nationally ranked as one of the top five firms specializing in Corporate Office Design on Interior Design Magazine’s Top 100 Giants list. For more information, visit

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