Retailers across Sunderland are celebrating after picking up a whole range of honours at the city’s first ever Retail Awards including the Bridges.

Sunderland Retailers Awards

More than 250 guests attended the event on Saturday 6th February at the Stadium of Light to see who picked up the coveted gongs, in an event organised by Sunderland City Council and supported by the Bridges retailers. Winners ranged from small independent outlets to major high street names that were chosen in a number of ways, including in five of the categories from nominations by the public.

Our anchor store Debenhams won High Street Retailer of the Year and two special awards were also given for outstanding Customer Service; to The Body Shop and Schuh for their friendly staff, excellent product knowledge and high levels of customer care. Melanie Williamson, Customer Service Assistant at the Bridges, was awarded a Shooting Star award to recognise her personal contribution to outstanding customer service at the centre.

Phil Steele, Centre Director, said the event had been a huge success, “It was an excellent evening with well deserved awards going to our retail stars and I'm sure that our shoppers will continue to see excellence in customer service throughout the Bridges supported by the profile on service that these awards have driven.