IGA stores in Victoria are celebrating after winning at the annual state-based IGA Awards of Excellence.

The IGA awards represent the highest example of retail excellence and demonstrate the store’s ability to grow in challenging competition-driven environments

IGA X-press Buronga, Ritchies IGA Mt Eliza and Champion’s SUPA IGA in Whittlesea were recognised after taking out the key awards for IGA X-press Store of the Year, IGA Store of the Year, and respectively SUPA IGA Store of the Year.

Victorian general manager of Metcash Food and Grocery Paul Everard and Fred Harrison from IGA Victorian Retail Council presented the awards to the store teams.

Mr Everard said: “We’re proud to support independent supermarkets across the state that deliver a great retail experience to our local community. We acknowledge the hard work and commitment our stores have demonstrated throughout the year across all categories awarded tonight.

“Congratulations to IGA X-press Buronga, Ritchies IGA Mt Eliza, and Champion’s SUPA IGA Whittlesea for being recognised as leaders in independent retailing. These stores and their teams represent retail excellence – going above and beyond to demonstrate excellence in teamwork, customer service and quality in their respective store offerings.”

The state-based winners now go on to compete against IGA stores across the country in the IGA National Awards to be announced in July 2016 in Queensland.

Read the full list of winners below:

Ritchies IGA Mt Eliza
• IGA Meat Department of the Year Award
• IGA Bakery Department of the Year Award
• IGA Grocery & General Merchandise Department of the Year Award
• IGA Fresh Produce Department of the Year Award
• IGA Retail Transformation & Innovation Award

Burgess SUPA IGA Nagambie
• SUPA IGA Grocery & General Merchandise Department of the Year Award
• SUPA IGA Delicatessen Department of the Year Award

Champion’s SUPA IGA Long Gully
• SUPA IGA Dairy/Freezer Department of the Year Award
• IGA Community Award

Other winners announced during the evening:
• Renaissance Square IGA Hawthorn: IGA Delicatessen Department of the Year Award
• Daly’s SUPA IGA Portland: SUPA IGA Meat Department of the Year Award
• Fairley’s SUPA IGA Shepparton: SUPA IGA Bakery Department of the Year Award
• IGA SUPA Champions Whittlesea: SUPA IGA Fresh Produce of the Year Award
• IGA San Remo: IGA Dairy/Freezer Department of the Year Award
• SUPA IGA Terang: Service Award of the Year
• Shayne Crawford IGA San Remo: IGA Team Member/Rising Star Award

Champions SUPA IGA Whittlesea
Buronga IGA X-press – April and Steve Saunders and team
Ritchies IGA Mt Eliza Store of the Year Fred Harrison and team
Ritchies IGA Mt Eliza – Fred Harrison and team

 

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