Store Designer

New York, NY

We started Van Leeuwen Ice Cream in a yellow truck on the streets of NYC in 2008 with a mission to make good ice cream that makes you feel good.

Nowadays, people can spend so much time on what’s “healthy” they don’t stop to consider what’s healthy. As far as we’re concerned, happiness is healthiness. We strive to ensure every scoop, store and employee feels and creates one community to contribute to the overall brand.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is hiring a full-time Store Designer to join our Store Development team! This is a great opportunity for an experienced individual to work closely with the growing team at Van Leeuwen Ice Cream as the company embarks on its next stage of major growth. The ideal candidate is someone who is experienced in designing multiple retail locations in the food and beverage industry.

Our Store Designer will report directly to our Concept Design Manager and will be based out of the New York City Metropolitan Area. 


  • Work directly with the Director of Store Development and Concept Design Manager to create test-fits and feasibility studies of designs
  • Provide design support including creation of project schematic designs, SketchUp models/renderings, while managing communication and follow-up of external vendors and consultants
  • Assist in the review of all schematic, design development and final construction drawings to ensure brand standards and budget compliance
  • Identify and source key brand design elements, not limited to furniture, lighting fixtures, artwork installations, equipment, etc.; while functioning as a liaison for all vendors involved to ensure seamless procurement, delivery and installation
  • Communicate design status and critical milestones to key project players (ie. Real Estate partners/committee, Architect of Record, MEP Engineer(s), General Contractors and other internal + external consultants)– with clear and consistent direction regarding overall goals/objectives, design/operational Standards, site conditions, scheduling and budgets particular to each project
  • Conduct site visits, as necessary


  • At least 3-5 years of experience in a similar role; restaurant design experience preferred
  • A bachelor’s degree in architecture, interior design, or similar field
  • Strong working knowledge of AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop) and Excel; experience with G Suite (Google Drive, Docs, etc.) is a plus
  • A passion for brand design & ice cream
  • A positive attitude and willingness to work as part of a team, with the ability to manage independent workload
  • A desire to learn, grow, and develop professionally
  • Very strong organizational skills with attention to detail and the ability to multitask
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to travel about 25% of the time


  • Employee Scoop Card (Enjoy Ice Cream from any of our scoop shops nationwide)
  • Medical, Dental + Vision Insurance with 70% Employer Contribution
  • 401k with up to 4% Employer Match
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement Plan
  • Wellness Reimbursement Plan
  • Paid Time Off - 3 Weeks / 120 Hours Total
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Yearly Performance Reviews

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is committed to pay transparency and equity among all employees and provides employees an environment where pay transparency and dialogue on compensation are allowed. Van Leeuwen Ice Cream complies with Equal Employment Opportunity laws as well as federal, state, and local laws on compensation, pay transparency, and pay equity. 

The actual base salary offered will depend on a variety of factors, including without limitation, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held.

Salary Range: $70,000—$100,000 USD

Here at Van Leeuwen, Good Ice Cream Is For Everyone! As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to foster a welcoming, diverse environment for every employee and customer. We pride ourselves on the creativity that goes into our ice cream and is built in our stores (by YOU) that help us meet our missions and values.

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