Wexford retailers continue to be at the forefront of driving customer excellence and last night those leading the way were recognised at the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards 2017 in association with Barclaycard.
Following hundreds of entries Retail Excellence Ireland has crowned Greenacres, Selskar, National Store of the Year 2017. The store has been a well known local brand for over 30 years, and has now received the nationwide recognition it deserves. Commenting on the win Lynn Drumgoole, Communications Director at Retail Excellence Ireland said ‘Greenacres is an incredibly innovative company that has created a shopping experience where customers can enjoy quality products and customer service in an environment that inspires them. I want to commend all of the retailers who entered this year’s Awards, they demonstrated the highest standard of service, customer engagement, display and levels of investment making the Greenacres win a well-deserved accolade.’
Emma Cooke, Springmount Garden Centre, Gorey was presented with the Westland Rising Star Award for her exceptional talent and dedication to the garden centre industry. Best in class winners across key retail sectors, people and ecommerce were also awarded and Wexford retailers featured with TheDuck@Marlfield shortlisted as a Top30 Store and Gorey which was down to the final 3 for the Retail Excellence Ireland’s Friendliest Place Award.
The Awards were presented on Saturday evening (5th November) by Hector Ó hEochagáin. The sell-out event was attended by more than 500 Irish retail industry executives. The Awards are the biggest event in the Irish retail industry calendar.
The award winners are –
NATIONAL STORE OF THE YEAR
National Store of the Year & Specialist Food/Wine Store of the Year 2017 – Greenacres, Selskar, Wexford Town
Forecourt of the Year 2017 – Applegreen, Wicklow Service Area, N11 Cullenmore, Wicklow
Supermarket of the Year 2017 – Smith’s SuperValu, New Road, Kinsale Road, Coark
Restaurant & Coffee House 2017 – Hook & Ladder, Sarsfield Road, Limerick
Pharmacy of the Year 2017 – Mellerick Pharmacy, Fermoy Cork
Home, Interiors Store of the Year 2017 – TileStyle, Ballymount Retail Centre, Dublin 24
Garden Centre of the Year 2017 – Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, Leighlinbridge, Carlow
Electronics & Tech Store of the Year 2017 – Three, Shop Street, Galway
Footwear Store of the Year 2017 – ECCO Shoes, Stillorgan Shopping Centre, Dublin
Jewellery Store of the Year 2017 – Matthew Stephens Jewellers, 8 O’Connell Street, Limerick
Lifestyle Store of the Year 2017 – Tony Kealys, Boucher Crescent, Belfast
Rising Star of the Year 2017 – Agata Chelminiak, IKEA
Store Manager of the Year 2017 – Colin Curtis, Harvey Norman, Rathfarnham & Carrickmines
Digital Campaign of the Year 2017 – Inglot, Pro Team Roadshows
Best New Website of the Year 2017 – Compu b
Website of the Year 2017 – Carrolls Irish Gifts
IRELAND’S FRIENDLIEST PLACE AWARD
Ireland’s Friendliest Place 2017 – Navan, Co. Meath
CONSUMER CHOICE AWARD
Consumer Choice 2017 – Scally’s SuperValu, Clonakilty
Supplier of the Year 2017 – StudioForty9, Lower John Street, Cork
For further information contact:
David Fitzsimons, CEO, Retail Excellence Ireland – 087 2535482
Lynn Drumgoole, Communications Director, Retail Excellence Ireland – 085 1052058
About the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards
The Retail Excellence Ireland Awards in association with Barclaycard recognises Ireland’s best retail stores, companies, people and websites. This is the 18th year of the industry awards which command over 600 entries annually. The awards function is to drive retail excellence in Ireland’s largest industry – Retail.
About Retail Excellence Ireland
Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) is the largest retail industry trade body in Ireland. REI aim to enhance the consumer’s retail experience by developing top class retail standards and skills and promoting a vibrant and competitive world class retail industry in Ireland. Retail Excellence Ireland involves 1,300 leading retail companies who operate over 16,000 stores in the Irish market. REI is a not for profit organisation which invests in innovative and exciting learning, market intelligence, commercial services, Government representation and member networking initiatives.