Saskatoon, SK, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — A growing business and a commitment to community has placed Vanderhoof Co-op among the country’s best retailers.
The retail co-op received the award for the Best Building Supply/Home Centre over 15,000 square feet at the 2016 Outstanding Retailer Awards in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Oct. 18.
“At Vanderhoof Co-op, we strive to go above and beyond to make each shopping experience personal and genuine,” said Trevor Erhardt, Manager at the Vanderhoof Co-op Home Centre, which has seen year-over-year sales increases every year since it opened an upgraded facility in 2014.
“Our new Co-op Home Centre and knowledgeable team members make us a leader in our community and we are constantly looking at ways to improve our knowledge, selection and ability to serve Co-op members and customers.”
Launched in 1992, the Outstanding Retailer Awards are presented by Hardlines, a newsletter and magazine focused on home improvement retailing in Canada. The awards celebrate achievements in customer service, store appearance, merchandising, marketing, employee management, community involvement and sales growth.
Vanderhoof Co-op has served central British Columbia for more than 70 years. Today, it operates 18 retail locations in 12 communities.
In 2014, the retail co-op opened the doors on a newly constructed 23,500-square-foot home centre in Vanderhoof, bringing an improved retail experience to Co-op members and customers in the region.
With the new facility, Vanderhoof Co-op expanded its offerings, which now include feed, building supplies, hardware and appliances, as well as special order items — everything from lumber to dog food.
At the same time, Vanderhoof Co-op reaffirmed its commitment to giving back. In addition to supporting and promoting numerous local fundraisers, the retail co-op donates tens of thousands of dollars every year to community-minded initiatives and organizations.
This includes a new program launched in 2016 that will provide up to $100,000 to eligible community groups, charities and non-profit organizations that provide necessary services to the community.
“All of our profits stay in the communities that we serve,” said Erhardt. “I’m a huge believer in the co-operative principles of working together to achieve great things, which we do by making investments in our community and sharing profits with our members.”