Kilkenny Stores make it to Final Round of National Retail Awards

Kilkenny Stores make it to Final Round of National Retail Awards

■    Two businesses ranked in Ireland’s Top 50 Stores for 2010

Embargoed 8 November 2010 – Two local retail businesses in Co. Kilkenny have received national recognition at the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards 2010 – the country’s largest and only dedicated retail industry awards. The award was presented on Saturday night by the Minister for Labour Affairs, Dara Calleary, T.D., at a gala event held at the Radisson Blu Galway. Hosted by TV and radio personality, Miriam O’Callaghan, the Awards were attended by more than 500 representatives of the retail industry in Ireland.

The award recipients in Co. Kilkenny were:

■    Lamber De Bie Flowers on Ormonde Street – runner up in the Best Small Store category; ranked 25 overall in Ireland’s Top 50 Retail Stores for 2010

■    Carraig Donn in MacDonagh Junction – runner up in Best Large Store category; ranked 26 in Ireland’s Top 50 Retail Stores for 2010

 

O’Briens Wine, Beer & Spirits on Sandymount Road in Dublin claimed the overall title of National Store of the Year 2010 while Topaz was named Best Employer and overall Company of the Year at the Awards, which seek out, recognise and reward those retailers deemed to deliver the highest standards in Ireland.  Applegreen won the award for Business Growth while O’Briens Wine, Beer & Spirits won Industry Leader.

 

Chairman of Retail Excellence Ireland, Kevin Jephson said: “When individual retail stores across Ireland submit an entry to these Awards they are signing up to a thorough and extensive competition process – one which collectively contributes to maintaining and raising the standards of Irish retailing to the benefit of businesses and consumers alike. It requires a big effort on the part of owners, managers and employees so I want to extend my thanks to all those who participated,” he said.

 

Chief Executive of Retail Excellence Ireland, David Fitzsimons, said: “This year we received more than 400 entries from every corner of Ireland so I want to congratulate these Kilkenny stores on their achievement. It is a big honour to receive this accolade and we hope that these stores will display their awards with pride,” he said.

 

Established 13 years ago by industry group, Retail Excellence Ireland, this Award scheme is the only one of its kind in the country, rewarding excellence across the entire breadth and depth of the retail industry and not just one particular sector.

 

The award process is based on a thorough store review conducted by a fully trained assessor, which is subsequently assessed by a panel of 10 independent judges who determine the top 50 retail stores in the country and ultimately select the final winners in each of 12 categories.

 

For more information on the award process or to see a full listing of award winners and Ireland’s Top 50 stores, log on to: www.retailexcellence.ie

Retail Excellence Ireland is the not-for-profit organisation representing more than 580 companies – 8,500 retail stores – more than one third of the total store numbers in the Republic of Ireland. REI’s members collectively employ approximately 100,000 people across all retail sectors ranging from pharmacy and fashion, to grocery and homeware.

 

 

 

 

Lamber de Bie Flowers, Kilkenny

 

Lamber de Bie Flowers

http://www.lamberdebie.ie

 

 

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Ireland’s Top50 stores

Retail Excellence Ireland Awards 2010 –

announcement of

Ireland’s Top50 stores

Wednesday 6th October 2010 –  Retail Excellence Ireland have today announced the Top50 stores in Ireland as part of the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards in association with the Sunday Independent to be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway in November. The awards will be attended by over 500 representatives of the Irish retail industry and hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan.

Established by industry group, Retail Excellence Ireland (REI), the awards recognise and reward the highest standards of excellence across the entire retail industry – not just one particular sector.

Chief Executive of Retail Excellence Ireland, David Fitzsimons, said: “This year the standard of stores did not fail to impress with a very high calibre turnout of applicants.  In spite of the challenging trading conditions this year, we still received more than 400 entries from across the country, which proves how important these awards are to store owners and their employees. To achieve a Top50 award these stores have proven that they are vigorously investing in their businesses and their people and remain true to what is best about Irish retail” he said.

The rigorous selection process involves a mystery customer visiting each entered store to complete a full visit report, which is initially narrowed down to a ‘Top 100’ list.  A fully trained retail assessor then conducts a thorough store assessment, which added to photographic evidence results in the selection of the Top50 stores in Ireland.

About Retail Excellence Ireland

Retail Excellence Ireland is the not-for-profit organisation representing more than 600 companies – 8,000 retail stores – more than one third of the total store numbers in the Republic of Ireland. REI’s members collectively employ approximately 100,000 people across all retail sectors ranging from pharmacy and fashion, to grocery and homeware.

For more information:

David Fitzsimons, Retail Excellence Ireland

Ph. 065 6846927

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