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ICFA announces Apollo Award finalists

The International Casual Furnishings Association has announced the finalists for the 2011 Apollo Awards. The program recognizes retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings.

Finalists must demonstrate outstanding accomplishments and commitment to customer service. The ICFA membership will vote via an online ballot for a winner in each category later this summer. Finalists will be honored and the winners announced at a gala awards banquet on Sept. 14, 2011, during the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market in Chicago. The ICFA and MMPI are co-sponsors of the event, which will be held at Chicago's Field Museum. MMPI owns and operates the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, which hosts the Casual Market.

Finalists in the 2011 competition include:

Single Store Category

+ Authenteak, Atlanta
+ Fruehauf's, Boulder, Colo.
+ Ken Rash's of Arkansas, Little Rock, Ark.
+ Leisure Living, Salt Lake City
+ Sunnyland Furniture, Dallas

Multi-Store Category

+ ABSCO Fireplace & Patio, Birmingham, Ala.
+ Carls Patio, Boca Raton, Fla.
+ Greenhouse Mall, Austin, Texas
+ Seasons Leisure, Inc. (dba Pool Patio & More), Atherton, Calif.
+ Summer House, Tukwila, Wash.

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