here's what people are saying about us

'because results matter'

AWARD WINNING PROJECT - Royal City Builders Awards, The Gourmet Cup Foods Ltd

2006 Best Modern Commercial Renovation: Beverage Station (Gourmet Cup Coffee) in Royal City Centre, New Westminster BC won the award in the commercial renovations category, a hotly contested grouping that included 10 nominees. The renovation involved the complete redesign of an existing retail unit in the mall and the relocation to an open space next to the elevators and food court.

"Michael,  I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work and dedication for the design of my new Rodan Jewellers store.  You truly went beyond the call of duty to create a showcase store that is now regarded as a leading design in the jewellery industry.  I appreciate your commitment to excellence and thank you once again. It has been a pleasure working with you!"

Rob Davidson, President
Rodan Jewellers, Brentwood Mall, Vancouver BC

"Michael Battler has fresh innovative ideas for retail stores. He is very flexible, attendant to client requests, needs and is enjoyable to work with. We are very happy with our new store because we got EXACTLY the look and feel we wanted."

Bruce Anderson, Owner/Operator 
Mellow Yellow Clothing, Kelowna BC 


“Michael is great to work with as he is clear and concise about what he is envisioning, yet he leaves room for me to have my creative input. Unlike so many others he is very organized and jobs go smoothly as a result. 

Sue Sullivan, Creative Director 
Freelance Mac Stuff Inc., Vancouver BC 


“Wow – we can’t believe how great our three stores look…and done on tight budgets. Michael brought us new ideas and was flexible to meet our ongoing requests and tight budgets.  His expertise in the retail industry ensured the design met the needs of both our staff and customers. He oversaw the fixture construction, coordinated the contractors, and was on-site regularly to ensure the renovations went smoothly. In only 4 days, our Victoria store went from an outdated cluttered store to a wonderful shopping environment that received compliments from both customers and staff. Richmond and Coquitlam stores were also successful renovation projects.”

Linda Hudson, President
Kerrisdale Cameras, Vancouver & Victoria BC 

"CDM Retail was very efficient in meeting  the challenges of our new bicycle store project and produced a design which was perfectly correlated to our business goals.  Thanks, Michael."

Ron Sanderson, Owner 
The Delta Bike Co., Delta BC

"Michael's concepts are fresh and very innovative.  He totally understands budgets and return on investment. He delivers on time, always with extra talent-focused features.”

Brenda Burch, President,
Canadianretail.com / Retail.ca, Vancouver BC


"We do love the space. The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive."

Sanjeev SUKUMARAN Owner, 
The Ear Company, Peterborough ON

"When first contacting Michael Battler of CDM Retail, I was overwhelmed and didn’t know where to begin in designing my new store.  I had a blank canvas to work with and no idea where to go from there.  Michael took my concerns and created an amazing plan for my new store while keeping my budget and taste in mind.  But it wasn’t just the design I appreciated, it was the personal touch he brings to his business.  Michael helped me create a functional and esthetically pleasing store that I had envisioned which was invaluable.  "

Suzie Kostiuk

Kradles, Courtney BC

“We are very happy with the design layout for our new and largest Janitors‘ Warehouse location in Vancouver thanks to Michael Battler at Civilian Design Merchants. He managed to efficiently organize our wide variety of inventory while incorporating office, warehouse, classroom, and storefront space." 

G.D. (Gerry) Arnold, President 
Planet Clean, Vancouver BC 

"CDM Retail" has completed a several retail design projects for us. The designs were excellent and all specifications and materials came in under budget. Overall I was very pleased with the work performed by Michael Battler.” 

Gord McOrmond,President 
Simply Computing Inc., Vancouver BC


"Working with Michael is a completely stress-free experience.  He listens to what is required, makes constructive suggestions, and executes based on a mutually agreeable timetable.  Too easy!" 

Joanna Piros, Senior Consultant,
Counterpoint Communications, Vancouver BC


"Michael's experience in the retail industry is evident in his underlying mandate to create a professional environment while utilizing valuable "real estate" within our client's facilities. We learned from our first meeting with him that he would quickly execute all of the changes we agreed on; after that he brought swatches and materials to choose from and a functional floor plan that was an immediate hit with the client! I find his advise on-going and timely, with a personal touch along with what everyone wants... personality & punctuality!" 

Dan Whitney, President, CEO, 
Imagesource Advertising Group., Kelowna BC


"I feel I've not only got my "dream store", but a new enthusiasm and focus on retail.  It is amazing how different everything looks in the new environment. The stock is exactly the same but now it reads totally modern and fresh. Thank you again for all your work".

Anne Drinkwater, Owner/Operator 
Drinkwater for the Home, Vancouver BC.




1865 Verlon Rd.
Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W5
Telephone: tel:250-743-7955
Email: michael@cdmretail.com

Serving Greater Vancouver, Victoria, Duncan, the Cowichan Valley, and Vancouver Island BC.