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North-east shops shortlisted in Scottish Local Retailer Awards

By Kyle Ritchie

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North-east stores have been nominated in this year’s Scottish Local Retailer Awards.

Premier in Whitehills has been shortlisted in the Food-to-Go Retailer of the Year, Off-Trade Retailer of the Year, and Scottish Brands Retailer of the Year categories.

Whytes of New Pitsligo have been shortlisted in the Bread and Bakery Retailer of the Year and Community Retailer of the Year categories.

JP Pozzi has been nominated in the Newstrade Retailer of the Year category.

The Scottish Local Retailer Awards will be held in the summer.
The Scottish Local Retailer Awards will be held in the summer.

The stores will contest this year’s SLR Awards in a little over two months’ time.

Despite an earlier entry deadline due to the awards returning to their traditional June slot, the panel of expert, experienced and independent judges from across the UK had a huge number of submissions to consider.

The panel assessed every single entry to strict set of criteria and allocated each store a score. This score was then used to draw up the shortlist.

Unannounced visits from the judges will now be carried out who will see the store exactly the same way that customers do.

SLR publishing director Antony Begley said: “As it always is, it was a pleasure to get the judging for this year’s SLR Awards underway.

“I would like to extend my thanks to all judges who took the time to participate, and in particular I’d like to thank southern-based retailers Paul Stone and Samantha Coldbeck for agreeing to judge.

“It’s always great to have highly successful convenience retailers on the panel as they bring such fantastic expertise and knowledge of the sector, which helps ensure the judging is of the very highest quality.

“We were delighted to see a fantastically high standard of entries once again this year with clear evidence of industry-wide large-scale investment once again.

“There’s no doubt that this outstanding industry sector is continuing to reach for the stars and push the retailing envelope.

“Choosing stores to shortlist was an extremely difficult task, given the remarkably high standard of entries – so everyone on the shortlists should be extremely proud.

“We can’t wait to hit the road this month and start our annual pilgrimage across Scotland to see the stores in person.”

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