Whyalla leads the pack

SPARKLE: Leading Edge Jewellers Whyalla staff Marree Ackland, Manager Clare McLaughlin and CJ Weetra.
SPARKLE: Leading Edge Jewellers Whyalla staff Marree Ackland, Manager Clare McLaughlin and CJ Weetra.

Leading Edge Jewellers Whyalla have led the pack of 214 other branches to win the 2018 Member Retail Excellence Award.

Owner Clare McLaughlin said she was ‘very surprised’ but also ‘very pleased’ to receive the award.

“We were definitely competing against some very big operators, so for Whyalla to show that growth in the last 12 months if a positive sign,” she said.

“That’s not only for our shop but for retail in Whyalla.”

Ms McLaughlin said there was a big focus on maintaining excellence customer service at the store.

“In the time I’ve been here we’ve brought in some different brands, which have bee well received and helped us increase our sales,” she said.

“As a store being based regionally it’s important that we have a variety of stock.”

The local staff are ‘thrilled’ to be recognised for the hard work they have put in over the last 12 months, according to Ms McLaughlin.

“Making sure we can provide the best service for everyone who comes through is a big focus for us,” she said.

Ms McLaughlin praised her staff members, including Vicki Hancock, Erinn Hunt, Marree Ackland, CJ Weetra, Alison McCallum, and Brodee Richards.