Store owners Michael and Roz White of White’s Supa IGA Bli Bli were thrilled to receive the prestigious Independent Grocers of Australia state Retailer of the Year Award at the IGA Queensland and Northern NSW state conference last month in Waikiki, Hawaii.
With over 200 competing stores, the Bli Bli Super IGA also won awards for Delicatessen of the Year and Best Dairy/Freezer Department. Additionally, Store Manager Regan Jensen received the Retail Achievement Award.
Michael and Roz White also received the 2015 Community Award for their contribution to the community. Roz has previously won this award in 2008 and 2009.
Mrs White said, that while she was really proud of winning the Retailer of the Year award, “The community award is personally very special to me because so many of our fellow IGA Retailers make an extraordinary contribution to their communities right across Australia.
“To receive an acknowledgement such as this is truly humbling.”
Retailers are judged on a range of criteria including sales, profits, merchandising, customer service, living the brand values, culture and the store’s performance and offering. National awards will be announced on the Gold Coast in July. There are over 1,400 independently owned and operated IGA stores nationwide.