Retail Excellence, the largest Retail representative body in Ireland, has announced the winner of their annual Awards held in the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney on Saturday, 10th November.
The Awards, which are backed by AIB Merchant Services, were presented by energetic TV personality Hector Ó hEochagáin and attended by more than 500 Irish retail industry executives.
Nook and Cranny on Main Street in Portlaoise was crowned as National Gift Store of the Year 2019.
Matthew Brown of Echochamber in the UK, who visited and judged the Top30 finalists said that Nook and Cranny is a “really charming gift shop with a simply superb curation of interesting produc, the merchandising is creative and appealing to the customer.”
Top5 Store Winners included Willow in Ennis, who took the National Store of the Year 2019, Mellerick’s Pharmacy, Fermoy, bambino’s children’s store, Ennis, Shannon Airport Duty Free, Shannon, and Fresh The Good Food Market, Grand Canal Square, Dublin.
Other sectoral award winners included The Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street which won Restaurant and Coffee House of the Year, Specsavers on Dawson Street who picked up the title of Optician of the Year, Arboretum in Carlow won Garden Centre of the Year, Harvey Norman, Tallaght won National Electronic & Tech store, Dollard & Co., Dublin won National Food & Wine Store of the Year, Applegreen, Gorey won National Forecourt Store of the Year, Casey’s Furniture in Limerick won National Home & Interiors store, and Petstop, Carrickmines, Dublin won Pet Store of the Year.
The night also celebrated the best in eCommerce.
Glanbia won Website of the Year, Hale Vaping winning New Website of the Year, and mobile operator Three winning Digital Campaign of the Year and Carrolls Irish Gifts winning Exporter of the Year.
Talent within the retail industry was also celebrated with Mary Keane, Manager of The Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street, Dublin winning Manager of the Year and Niamh Cleary of Inglot Waterford winning Rising Star of the Year.
Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary, has been named Retail Advocate of the Year 2019 for his work supporting the industry as chair of the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Retail.
Slane in County Meath was heralded as Ireland’s Friendliest Place 2019 and DPD were announced as the Supplier of the Year 2019 to the Irish Retail Industry.
Group CEO of Retail Excellence David Fitzsimons said,
“We are delighted to recognize and award the very best in Irish retail all of whom have shown an unquestionable commitment to meeting and exceeding customer expectations as well as innovation in store and in-service delivery.
“We are particularly pleased that across all of our categories of awards Irish retailers, both big and small, urban and rural competed to deliver that exceptional standard of service to customers regardless of their size.’
“We look forward to working with the finalists, entrants and members into the future to assist in their endeavours and continue driving standards in Irish retail.”
“Congratulations to all the winners. These retailers represent the best in retail industry in Ireland. AIB Merchant Services are proud to partner with Retail Excellence Ireland on such a prestigious event.”
Established by Retail Excellence in 1997, The Awards is the biggest event in the Irish retail industry calendar and aims to promote best practice and encourage high standards in the Irish retail industry.