When Ben Goodale, managing director of justONE and .99, attended Retail NZ's Top Shop awards, he found abundant evidence that physical stores are here to stay.
The October / November issue of NZ Retail magazine profiled the winners of Retail NZ's Top Shop competition. Editor Sarah Dunn has her own theories on what makes a top shop - it's primarily about balancing functionality with soul.
Specsavers Gisborne has won the Overall National Supreme Award in this year’s Top Shop. Optometrist Nick Whittingham runs the store with business partner Tania Richards, a dispensing optician. When collecting the award, Whittingham spoke about the role of teamwork in the store’s achievement.
The winner of Retail NZ’s Overall Regional Top Shop award for the Lower South Island is Carvin Streetwear, a store from Gore which succeeds in the difficult quest to be all things to all people. The awards were held last night in Dunedin.
It’s customer enthusiasm that drives Flight Centre Chews Lane, winner of Retail NZ’s Top Shop awards for the Lower North Island. The awards were held last night in Wellington.