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Thursday 17 April 2014

Local shops in running for Store of the Year accolade

Griffin’s Garden Centre, Dripsey is amongst the Cork finalists that will now progress to the Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) Awards on November 2

RETAIL Excellence Ireland (REI), Ireland's largest retail industry body, has announced the Top 30 Store of the Year Finalists, six of which are from Cork.

Fermoy Medical Hall and Griffin's Garden Centre, Dripsey are amongst the Cork finalists that will now progress to the Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) Awards on Saturday, November 2.

The Fermoy Medical Hall is a finalist in the category for stores between 2,500 & 5,000 sq. ft in size, while Griffin's Garden Centre is a finalist store in the 5,000 to 10,000 sq. ft category.

"To achieve Store of the Year finalist status is a significant achievement. There are over 600 entries to the awards every year and to be listed as a Top30 finalist is proof that these stores have created an engaging and innovative retail experience which exudes service and standards excellence," said David Fitzsimons, chief executive, Retail Excellence Ireland.

As part of the Top50 selection process, all store entrants were visited by a mystery shopper with a further visit from a qualified store assessor being made to the Top 100 Stores.

The winning stores will be selected by the Board of REI based on the reports data gathered and a review of video recording evidence, photographic evidence and a financial submission.

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