Retailers honored with Apollo Awards
Susan Andrews -- Casual Living, October 14, 2005
The Summer & Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association named the winners of its annual Apollo Awards program last month during The International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market in Chicago.
Recognizing retail excellence, finalists in the competition demonstrate outstanding accomplishment and commitment to customer service in retail sales.
Casual Marketplace in Hockessin, Del., received first place in the multi-store category, with Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, Calif., taking home second place and Atlanta-based Georgia Backyard placing third.
"I guess I'm surprised we are up here," said Petey Fleischut, owner of Casual Marketplace, when accepting the award. "We love this industry so much and have taken you all in as part of our family, so this is for everyone."
Winners from Casual Marketplace, above top, and Sunnyland Furniture with SCFMA Chairman Dudley Flanders, left, and SCFMA President Merv Conn, right.
Dallas-based Sunnyland Furniture received the top honor for the single store category. Leisure Living, Salt Lake City, Utah, received second place and Dodds & Eder, Oyster Bay, N.Y., placed third in the category.
This is the first year the SCFMA and Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., co-sponsors of the event, recognized second and third place honorees.
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