Murad Skincare Turns 25 and Opens First Flagship Store
Murad, Inc., the skincare brand founded by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, that is synonymous with high-performance, science-based products, announced today its plans to open the company's first official stand-alone retail boutique. The freestanding store, which will serve as Murad's Global Flagship retail location, is scheduled to open October 2014 and will be located on West 3rd Street in Los Angeles. The opening of the 1500 square-foot storefront coincides with the celebration of Murad's 25th anniversary this year and serves as a testament to the company's continued success and evolution.
The decision to open a retail boutique was fueled by the company's commitment to Dr. Murad's Inclusive Health Philosophy, which is to inspire people to look better, live better and feel better through a breakthrough whole-person approach to skincare. In addition to offering the full range of Murad's skin-condition-specific, high-performance products, the store will offer innovative services and activities to provide customers with a highly personalized, engaging and informative experience at every touch point.
"Helping as many people as possible to achieve healthy skin and live happily is one of the goals on which I have based my research, my medical practice and my life. It is also the reason I began making skincare products in the first place," said Dr. Murad. "The store is meant to be a place to empower people to not only look better through topical care, but to live better through proper nutrition and supplements, and feel better through emotional self-care and stress management . My hope is that our store will serve as a place where our customers can bridge the Gap between beauty and health by giving them the tools and inspiration they need to make every day choices that support their overall skin health."
Among the many unique features that set this store apart from the rest of the industry, Murad's Flagship Store will offer Guided Skincare Applications, Inclusive Health Skin Consultations designed to reflect Dr. Murad's whole-person approach and YouthCam Evaluations using a high-definition camera that features proprietary software to measure lines and wrinkles, age spots and sun spots, and inflammation. Additionally, an Interactive Art Wall that embodies one of the most important facets of Inclusive Health, Feeling Better, will be featured prominently in the store and customers will be encouraged to create their own digital works of art and share on social media.
"We are excited to be able to say that through a very collaborative process, we've designed a store that brings to life our philosophy and heritage. By staying true to our DNA, we are creating an environment that is all about the customer," said Richard Murad, General Manager of Murad, Inc. "From the range of customer journeys we strategically developed to the various tools designed to empower our clients, Murad's Flagship Store will be a true expression of the brand's mission. We are also looking forward to utilizing the store to learn more about our customers and become better retailers so that we in turn can better serve our customers and our valuable retail partners."
Murad employed Shubin + Donaldson Architects for architecture and design and ESPREY Consulting for development. The design, layout and merchandising plans for the store have been finalized and construction began last week.
Murad has achieved record success over the past year and, to meet customer demand around the world, is embarking on an ambitious global growth strategy. To support the company's aggressive growth plans, Murad recently signed a 12-year lease to relocate the corporate office. Having outgrown its current location, Murad will move to a brand new 45,000 square foot global headquarters in El Segundo, Calif. The new office will be completed September of this year. Murad's award-winning Flagship Spa will remain in its current location; however, the entire 7,000 square-foot space will be significantly upgraded over the next year.
ABOUT MURAD, INC.
Murad was founded in 1989 by Dr. Howard Murad, a board certified dermatologist, trained pharmacist and Associate Professor at the UCLA, Geffen School of Medicine. Murad offers people a path to youthful good health through science-based, clinically-proven skincare and healthcare products that have been developed as part of Dr. Murad's Inclusive Health system of care. With a full range of skin-condition-specific, high-performance products for home and spa-backed by 19 unique patents for advancing the science of skin health and a 30 year legacy of research and clinical testing-millions of people look to Murad with confidence for products, services and tools to help them look, live and feel Better Every Day.
Murad is used and recommended by over 30,000 professionals all across the globe and is sold in over 35 countries.
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