SURIA KLCC yesterday presented 17 awards during the Suria KLCC Retail Awards of Excellence 2002/2003 in Kuala Lumpur.
Winners included Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya that swept the Retailer of the Year and Anchor Tenant of the Year awards.
Local homeware and specialty gift store Khazanah was named the Individual Specialty Retailer Of The Year.
English-style bath and body care products, home fragrances, accessories and gourmet food company Crabtree & Evelyn won the newly introduced Quality Customer Service Award.
Crabtree & Evelyn was also named the winner for the General Retail category.
In the fashion and accessories sector, Chanel clinched the Designer and Fashion Accessories category award.
Shuz Sport walked away with the Footwear and Accessories category award, while the Malaysian Fashion Retailer award that recognizes homegrown brands owned and designed in Malaysia went to Poney.
Mambo won the award for Fashion Apparel for foreign brands, a Suria KLCC statement said.
In the luxury jewellery and timepiece sector, Montblanc emerged as the Luxury Gifts, Jewellery and Timepiece category winner.
Habib Jewels was named as the category winner for Jewellery and Timepieces.
The Suria KLCC Retail Awards of Excellence is a bi-annual affair to honour retailers that practice the highest standards of retailing excellence.
Retailers are judged according to their overall performance and achievements.
Other criteria included sales achievements, store appearance, merchandising, customer service and marketing performance, the statement said.
Suria KLCC chairman Tan Sri Azizan Zainul Abidin said that by 1st quarter of 2005, the KLCC complex would be transformed into a busier place with the completion of a world-class convention and exhibition centre.
It would also inlcude a state-of-the-art aquarium, several upmarket condominiums as well as service apartments within the KLCC and along its boundaries.
The potential for growing Surias business arising from the development in the next couple of years is enormous, and I hope the retailers will work together to exploit this potential, he said.
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