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Jarmel Kizel Designs Flagship Store for Pups @ Play

LIVINGSTON, N.J. (October 4, 2011)—Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers, Inc., a full-service architecture and engineering firm based in Livingston, New Jersey, has completed the design for Pups@Play. The flagship store will occupy 3,500 square feet on the first floor at 42 Okner Parkway in Livingston, New Jersey, a multi-tenanted building owned by the ISS Realty Group, Inc. Lori Zimmerman is the owner of Pups@Play, an upscale doggie daycare and spa.

“Pups@Play is a unique concept and we are thrilled to have helped Lori develop her brand, and deliver a prototype design that she can bring to more locations throughout the northeast,” said Matthew B. Jarmel, AIA, MBA and principal of Jarmel Kizel. “Having two dogs as part of my family, I understand the importance of having a trustworthy and respectable place where you can take your dog for the day. I have great confidence that Lori will have a thriving business and that she will continue to open new locations throughout the region.”

This is the first store for Pups@Play, a concept that Ms. Zimmerman plans to roll-out regionally. Dog owners can drop off their four-legged friends at the Livingston location in the morning and pick them up after work, and rest assured their furry companions will always be under the watchful eye of the highest-quality and trained professionals. Owners also can bring their dogs for a half day, or just for a few hours while they run errands or perhaps watch local sporting events. In addition, Pups@Play offers large and small dog playrooms, large screen plasma televisions, soft seating, dog training, holistic veterinarian services and grooming services.

“Jarmel Kizel’s understanding of brand strategy and its extensive experience in retail roll-out has been extremely helpful in developing my doggy daycare concept,” said Zimmerman. “I am very exited to open this flagship store and bring this unique service to the Livingston community.”

For this high-end retail roll-out concept, Jarmel Kizel provided a full scope of services including site design for the exterior signage, play area and canopy, as well as architectural design, interior design and brand strategy development. Jarmel Kizel’s engineering studio also provided structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering services.

Jarmel Kizel has successful track record in branding and roll-out design projects. The firm has completed projects for a variety of retail and corporate clients including over 90 locations for The Learning Experience, over 50 locations for T.G.I. Friday’s, over 20 locations for Weichert Realtors, over 75 locations for Morgan Stanley, as well as On The Border and CVS/Pharmacy among others.

About Jarmel Kizel Architects & Engineers, Inc.
Headquartered in Livingston, N.J., Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers, Inc. is a full-service integrated architecture, engineering, interior design and energy consulting firm serving a distinguished client base of commercial and residential real estate companies, and a myriad of corporations throughout the Northeast.  The company employs registered architects, interior designers, professional engineers, LEED-AP professionals and technical support personnel that provide clients with a single source for all of their facility needs from architectural design, interior design, structural, MEP and civil engineering, to energy solutions and product procurement management services.  For more information, contact the company’s Livingston headquarters at 973.994.9669 or visit