P&H launches “retailer of the month” scheme
Delivered wholesaler Palmer & Harvey has set up a “Retailer of the Month” initiative in order to “promote independent retailers who have embraced innovative techniques in store, and who routinely lead the way with industry best practice.”
Introduced as part of Palmer and Harvey’s 90th birthday plans, the year-long scheme is part of the company’s stated “ongoing commitment to supporting independent retailers around the country”.
Craig and Colin Warren, of The Corner Stores near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, were awarded the accolade after a selection process.
As part of the prize for winning Retailer of the Month, P&H will gift the store 90 outers from The Independent brand range.
Credited for running a store which is thriving, Craig puts The Corner Store’s success down to his loyal customer base, who are attracted to the well-stocked and diverse selection of products and promotions on offer in-store.
Martyn Ward, managing director of Palmer and Harvey said: “The Corner Stores plays an integral part in the local Mildenhall community, providing a reliable and innovative place to shop, as well as sponsoring the local football team and local charities.”
“The store has seen exceptional growth since Craig and Colin took over the business in 2008 and has now positioned itself at the forefront of independent channel.”
“We want to reward retailers who have effectively reacted to the changing retail climate and evolving customer requirements, and The Corner Stores has excelled at this.”
The Warren family has owned the business for 28 years, but the brothers have transformed the store with a large extension, wheelchair access and a focus on ‘food-to-go’ and chilled options; areas where they have seen big growth in recent years.
Enhancing the store’s green credentials, they have also introduced solar panels, LED lights and economical refrigerators.
Commenting on the award, Craig said: “I am thrilled to win the first Retailer of the Month award. We always try to offer our customers the best products and service, and feel we are rewarded with loyal local custom.
“To be recognised for our hard work and by Palmer and Harvey is great, and the free products will be used to continue improving our store.”
Martyn Ward added: “We want retailers to know they are fully supported by Palmer and Harvey, and our new Retailer of the Month initiative has been designed to recognise and reward the heroes of local communities, and pioneers in retailing,”
“We congratulate The Corner Stores on this fantastic achievement and look forward to highlighting more successful retailers throughout the rest of our 90th year.”
The next Retailer of the Month will be announced at the end of August.