FRCH Design Worldwide, a leading retail and hospitality architecture and design firm, has merged operations with NELSON, a global architecture and design firm. The merger creates one of the largest design firms in the U.S. with a focus on consumer experiences where people work, shop, dine, play, stay, live, and heal.
The merging of the expertise of these two organizations will allow NELSON and FRCH to holistically service a diverse client base consisting of both long-standing relationships with Fortune 500 category leaders in multiple market segments and boutique clients. The newly combined organization has 25 offices with over 1,100 employees to provide service to their current and prospective clients in every region of the country.
The merging of the two firms will bring a new level of diversity to the combined organization, spanning industries from their traditional strongholds in corporate interiors, retail, and hospitality to growing healthcare, industrial, mixed-use, government, and multi-family residential practices. In the new year, the combined organization is a firm poised as an industry leader on all fronts.
Leveraging proprietary processes and 50 years of design and architecture experience, the combined organization will continue to create innovative brand experiences for both corporate and consumer-facing environments that express brand values and communication tailored to each audience in a meaningful and relevant manner.
“This merger is an exciting step demonstrating our continued commitment to bring more value to our clients with thought leadership in new practice areas and market segment expertise,” says John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr., chairman and CEO of NELSON, when describing the merger with FRCH. “FRCH’s expertise and 50 years of experience in creating award-winning retail, hospitality, restaurant, entertainment, and retail mixed-use environments and innovative consumer experiences is not only complementary to our organization, but positions us to respond to the changing disruption across multiple industries.”
For NELSON’s vast global solutions clients, this merger adds both geographic coverage and an elevated focus on brand, experience, and creative design.
“Our growth has always been about responding to our clients’ needs,” says Nelson.
Nelson and Jim Tippmann, CEO of FRCH, will lead the new organization as co-CEOs.
“Merging with NELSON provides our organization and clients with a stronger regional presence offering not only relevant depth of practice area expertise, but more reach nationally to be closer to our clients so that we are there when they need us,” says Tippmann, who sees the companies as a cultural fit—both founded on an entrepreneurial spirit with a focus on strengthening their client’s brand while continuing to be proactive in growing the business. In addition to his role as co-CEO, Nelson will serve as chair of the newly created board, and remain the majority shareholder.
FRCH Design Worldwide will immediately become “FRCH a NELSON Company” and continue to serve current and future clients. The combined organization will leverage its collective talent, experience, expertise, and regional presence to best service the needs of current and future clients. Over the coming months, the leadership of both organizations will further integrate their expanded service offering to provide clients with the full benefit of this merger.
Both companies serve leading global brands within today’s evolving marketplace, including: Bank of America, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Google, Hershey’s, Cisco, Kroger, Simon, Westfield, SAP Fieldglass, Hilton Worldwide, Target, Pandora Radio, T-Mobile, Hines, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Weston, American Girl, Capital One, Subway, YUM! Brands, and many more.