2023 NSW Liquor Retailer of the Year
Sovereign Place IGA + Liquor received this award following an extensive judging process involving industry experts, supplier audits and mystery shoppers on criteria such as customer service, community contribution, sales, profits, merchandising, shopper experience and the store’s overall performance.
Our Wauchope IGA + Liquor store, which has won the prestigious award eight times before, was one of the other two finalists.
The award sets the benchmark for more than 150 independent liquor stores across NSW and the ACT and is a testament to the whole team.
Being recognised as leaders in this field, above much larger, metropolitan stores, is a great honour, which belongs to all of our dedicated staff, who go above and beyond for our customers.
2023 National IGA Large Meat Department of the Year
Sovereign Place IGA's meat department were awarded this prestigious honour at the National IGA Awards of Excellence in July. Hastings Co-op was also a finalist in the Community Service Award category.
The accolade follows the team's NSW Meat Department of the Year Award and was judged on a range of criteria including customer service, community pride, department excellence, brand values, merchandising and overall performance.
2023 Wauchope & Hinterland Business Awards
In June, we received the ultimate recognition winning four awards at the Wauchope and Hinterland Business Awards. To top it all off Hastings Co-op was announced Business of the Year. The awards were for Excellence in Sustainability, Excellence in Large Business, Excellence in Retail (>11 employees) and Outstanding Community Organisation.
2023 Greater Port Macquarie Awards
In May we were honoured with the Wayne Jackson Outstanding Community Service award and the Retail Business (>6 employees) award at the Greater Port Macquarie Awards.
2023 NSW/ACT IGA Awards
Once again we won the same two awards at the NSW/ACT IGA Awards for Community Service and Meat Department of the year for Sovereign Place IGA. We will now go up against other state winners at the IGA National Conference in July.
2022 National IGA Community Service Award winners
In July we were awarded the coveted Community Service Award at the National IGA Awards of Excellence. It was also an honour for Sovereign Place IGA's meat department to be a national finalist in their category after winning the NSW/ACT Meat Department of the year award. Read the media release here.
2022 NSW/ACT IGA Awards
We won not one, but two awards at the NSW/ACT IGA Awards earlier this year for Community Service and Meat Department of the year for Sovereign Place IGA. We will now go up against other state winners at the IGA National Conference in July.
Our stores were nominated for four awards: Store of the Year for Sovereign Place IGA, Customer Service Award for Wauchope IGA, Meat Department of the Year for Sovereign Place IGA and the Community Service Award, so it was a significant achievement to come home with two major awards.
2022 Mid North Coast Regional Business Awards
We were finalists in the Excellence in Sustainability Award and Community Organisation Award.
2022 Wauchope and Hinterland Awards
We won two awards at the Wauchope and Hinterland Awards - Excellence in Retail and Excellence in Sustainability. We were also highly commended in the Outstanding Community Organisation category.
2021/22 Mitre 10 Awards
Our Mitre 10 Wauchope team celebrated their Most Improved Store Standards Award for 2021/22 in May, and were presented with the award by Mitre 10 State Manager Allistair Stagg and Business Development Manager Chantelle Jackson. Congratulations to Julie Samuelson (centre) and all the hard-working team on your well-deserved recognition.
NSW & ACT Liquor Retailer of the year award
Our Wauchope IGA Liquor store is no stranger to the winner’s circle, having won the NSW/ACT IGA Liquor Retailer of the Year Award on numerous occasions – the most recent being in 2019.
To win this award on eight occasions since 2011 is a testament to the whole team and the quality of Wauchope IGA Liquor’s offering.
The fact that we were recognised above hundreds of much larger, metropolitan-based stores is a great honour, as these awards represent the highest example of retail excellence.