Ritchies Maclean Win International Award!
In breaking news, we are absolutely delighted to advise that a few hours ago, our Maclean Store won the IGA International Retailer of the Year Award .
In breaking news, we are absolutely delighted to advise that our Maclean Store won the 2023 IGA International Retailer of the Year Award.
This is an enormous achievement and we congratulate Matt Saunders (Store Manager) and the entire Maclean store team.
To win this coveted award, Maclean firstly took out the title of QLD IGA Store of the Year and then the Australian IGA Retailer of the Year. In the biggest accomplishment of all, Maclean was announced as the International Retailer of the Year at an event in Las Vegas, attended by several Ritchies Directors, our QLD State Manager, our Maclean Store Manager and some of our Maclean landlords. It is fair to say, the Ritchies delegates enjoyed the celebrations. Whilst we don’t open supermarkets and liquor stores to win awards, when they do come along and we are successful, then all credit to the team.
This is the fourth time Ritchies has won the title of International Retailer of the Year, with Dromana (2003), Ballina (2008), Dromana (2019) winning previously and now Maclean in 2023. To win this award once is an outstanding achievement, never mind winning it four times. In fact, Ritchies has won the title of Australian Retailer of the Year more times than any other retailer in the country.
It is difficult to name every single person who has made a significant contribution to the success of Maclean at some stage. However, we will say that this has involved an enormous team effort.
On behalf of our Company Directors and our National Operations Group (NATOG), we would like to thank and congratulate each team member who has contributed to the success of Maclean, right from the planning and development stage and from the day we commenced trading there in 2019.
It is important to note that our customers are our ultimate judge, as they determine our success or otherwise. From day one, we have been well supported by the local community and others who live out of town. We are fortunate to also have a number of tourists shop with us, when holidaying in the Northern Rivers region. Customer feedback has been outstanding.
Store Manager Matt Saunders has been a member of the Maclean team from the day we opened. A huge pat on the back and a massive well done to Matt and our entire Maclean team, on being recognised as the International Retailer of the Year. This is an incredible feat for a store that only commenced trading in October 2019.