Hamilton shops up for top awards

JAMIE SMALL
Last updated 15:59 04/09/2014

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Hamilton businesses feature strongly in the central North Island TopShop retail awards finalists.

The list of finalists for the Waikato and central North Island region of Retail NZ's TopShop Retail Excellence Awards was announced this week.

More than half of the 25 finalists are in Hamilton. Three are from the wider Waikato region, and the rest from Coromandel, Tauranga, Rotorua and Taranaki.

Te Kuiti's DM Jewellery Design and Precious Metals from Te Awa The Base were selected for the Fashion, Footwear and Accessories category.

In the Food and Beverage category, Cake Box and Liquor King Hillcrest made the list.

Hamilton furniture shops Target Furniture and The Design Depot made the finals for the Home and Style category.

All three finalists in the Large Format Retail category were from Hamilton: New World Te Rapa, Warehouse Stationery The Base and Z Stadium, Whitiora.

The Omnichannel category finalists were also all from Hamilton: Amy's Flowers, Beauty World, Liquor King Horsham Downs, and Warehouse Stationery The Base.

Hardy's Chartwell and the new Palmers Planet St James in Rototuna were selected for Lifestyle and Wellbeing.

Cambridge's online store Breastmates made the list for the Online category.

Hamilton's finalists in the People's Choice category, to be determined by public vote, were The Girl on The Swing and Zuzu's Gelato Chartwell Mall.

In the ServiceIQ Retail Professional Awards catergory for individuals, two Hamilton people made the finals: Eliza Swanson from Mitre 10 Mega Hamilton and Ashley Brunel from Liquor King Horsham Downs.

jamie.small@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

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