Derby's best stores win the plaudits at glitzy Retail Awards ceremony
THE winners in the Derby Retail Awards have been announced.
The glitzy ceremony took place at the Roundhouse last night to celebrate the best stores in the city and everything that makes Derby a fantastic shopping experience.
This year, the awards featured nine categories, including best customer experience, best window display, best sales person and the customer choice award, voted for by Derby Telegraph readers.
The best independent retailer was Derby Pyclet Company, with Identity being highly commended.
The best multiple or national retailer was Argento and McDonald's was highly commended.
The winner in the best store merchandising category was Vero Moda, with Pandora highly commended.
The best window display went to Tom Browns, with George Brigdens highly commended.
The best customer experience award went to Café Thorntons. Quiz was highly commended.
Tom Smith, of Café Thorntons, won the best salesperson award.
The winner of the best store manager award was Simon Trzopek, of Café Thorntons, with Chris Giljohann, of Argento, being highly commended.
Café Thorntons also took the award for being the best shopping break destination.
The Derby Telegraph customer choice award was given to two stores, CNG Hair and Grandpa Lew's Trading Post.
This year's awards were supported by the Derby Telegraph, Derby College, Marketing Derby, St Peter's Quarter, Cathedral Quarter, Westfield and Irongate Group.
The applications were judges by a wide range of industry professionals, drawing on experience, proven success and knowledge of all levels of retail, including Kevin Hollingworth, head of talent at national retailer Matalan, and Ian McMillen, from independent department store Bennetts.
See tomorrow's Derby Telegraph for more coverage.