Bookshops win at Retail Hotlist Awards 2018

The Retail Hotlist Awards were presented last night at a ceremony in Auckland, celebrating a culmination of two months of judge and public voting. 

The judges' prize for the Hottest In-Store Experience nationwide last night went to Unity Books Wellington and Auckland, for their dedication to providing the best retail experience. An article on the win reads, 'The in-store experience of Unity Books is truly one of a kind. It’s store that has managed to thrive despite advancing technology and international threats. The high level of knowledge from helpful staff, and a clear respect for the industry translates into a true magnetic pull for these little locations in a big way.'

The judges' summary states 'You just can't buy an experience like Unity offers on the Internet.' 

And the people's choice for Best Provincial Retailer went to VOLUME in Nelson, owned by Stella Chrysostomou and Thomas Koed. VOLUME has only been operational since November 2016, and has quickly built a community around itself with its carefully curated stock and appealing community feel. 

Both bookshops, who are also members of Booksellers NZ, are excellent examples of independent bookshops in New Zealand. Booksellers NZ Communications Manager Sarah Forster says, 'To see a humble bookshop take out an award for a "hot" in-store experience is quite exciting and shows just how beloved our bricks & mortar stores remain. Congratulations to Unity Books, and to VOLUME for your people's choice in the Best Provincial Retail category.' 

The judges for the awards were Retail NZ Editor Sarah Dunn, Retail NZ CEO Scott Fisher and Chair & Executive Director of BCG2, James Blackwood. This is the first year The Retail Hotlist awards have operated.