NEWS: Top of the shops!
Retailers in the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre picked up Small Retailer and Cafe of the Year at this year's Durham City Retail Awards. Toni&Guy took the Small Retailer of the Year award while its near neighbour, Costa Coffee was awarded Cafe of the Year.
Twelve prizes were handed out, after more than 1,800 shoppers nominated their favourite city centre retailers for honours.
And, gents’ clothing store, Woven, won Retail Experience of the year and Overall Retailer of the year awards when the Durham City Retail Awards were presented, at the Ramside Hall Hotel, on Wednesday 26 November.
Elsewhere, Durham’s food and drink sector also received recognition with Bar of the Year being awarded to The Angel, in Crossgate and Finbarrs in Waddington Street took the Restaurant of the Year title.
Other winners on the evening included; Specsavers which scooped the Large Retailer of the Year award, Gateway World Shop which picked up Independent Retailer, Window of the Year was awarded to Warm Sanctuary and Durham City Hardware won Market Trader of the Year.
Standards were so high that the Retail Person of the Year award winner could not be settled and so it was shared between Lyndsey Johnson, from Fancy Dress Party, and Trisha Jackson, from Saks.
Richard Toynbee, centre manager at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, said: “We’re now in our ninth year of the awards and the standard of entries always remains high, so it’s a major achievement for retailers to be nominated and it’s great to learn how passionate the people of Durham are about good customer service.”
Around 350 guests attended the event, compered by local TV presenter Peter Grant.