National Westfield Awards for retail excellence 1998

03 December 1998

Countries: Australia

The 14th annual Westfield Awards for Retail Excellence werepresented at a gala evening at Melbourne’s Crown Casino last night,Wednesday, 2 December, 1998.

Over 400 senior executives representing Australia’s foremostretailers joined special guests including theVictorian Premier, TheHon Jeff Kennett, for the presentation of Australia’s mostprestigious awards for retailing excellence.

The Westfield Awards for Retail Excellence recognise theperformances and achievements of Australia’s retailers who arejudged on customer service, sales performance and businesspractices.

Winners of the 1998 Westfield Awards for RetailExcellence

Category Awards

Ladies Fashion: Table Eight
Mens Fashion: Powerhouse Men
General Fashion: Surf Dive n’ Ski
Accessories & Footwear: Mathers
Jewellery & Gifts: Michael Hill Jewellers
Food Retail: Bakers Delight
Fast Food: Muffin Break
Restaurant/Cafe: Cafe One
Services: Flight Centre
Leisure: HMV
Homewares: Electronics Boutique
General Retail: Roy Young Chemist

Major Awards

Major Retailer of the Year: Coles
Specialty Retailer of the Year: Surf Dive n’ Ski
Individual Specialty Retailer of the Year: Boffa’s Hairdressing

Special presentations

Special presentations were made to key retail figures for theircontribution to the industry:

Mr Reg Clairs, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director ofWoolworths who has announced his retirement

Mr Berel Ginges, the founder of Best & Less who retired fromthe industry during 1998

Mr Hans Mueller, Chairman Lowes-Manhattan which this yearcelebrates the 100th anniversary of Lowes in Australia

Mr Marc Besen, Chairman of the Sussan Group which is celebrating60 years in the Australian fashion retail industry.