Edinburgh retailing couple Dennis and Linda Williams were celebrating last night (June 20), as their Premier Broadway Convenience Store in the Oxgangs area of the capital won the Scottish Local Retailer of the Year Award at the SLR Rewards.
The event, held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow and hosted by TV and radio presenter Des Clarke, saw the Scottish convenience retail industry gather to celebrate the brightest and best in the business.
As their reward for taking the coveted title, Dennis and Linda win a trip to Las Vegas to attend the NACS conference in October. Their store also picked up the Crisps & Snacks Retailer of the Year trophy. SGF President Dennis was also delighted when the Federation was presented with the Special Recognition Award in this, its centenary year.
A full list of winners can be viewed on the SLR Rewards website.
Three other Premier stores were also recognised, taking the symbol group’s haul on the night to five overall, while Nisa- and Spar-affiliated stores picked up four gongs apiece.
SLR Publisher Antony Begley commented: “It was a fantastic night with some amazing stores and some outstanding retailers on show. Once again the SLR Rewards has shown itself to be a unique event in the UK local retailing calendar. Who else recognises the hard work of retailers by rewarding them with trips to Vegas, weekends in Amsterdam, microlight flights and lots more besides?
“I’m delighted for Dennis and Linda. They’ve come back fighting in the face of tough competition from Aldi and responded by transforming their store into the best in the country. They are an inspiration to every retailer faced with challenge of a discounter or supermarket opening next to them. Congratulations on a thoroughly-deserved win!”