Cooks of Crocus Hill, with three locations in Edina, Stillwater and St. Paul, Minn., has been selected as The Gourmet Retailer’s Kitchenware Retailer of the Year and the U.S. Global Innovator Award (gia) winner.
The International Home + Housewares Show (IH+HS) and International Housewares Association (IHA), primary sponsors of gia, will recognize the 2012-2013 winners from more than 20 countries, including Cooks of Crocus Hill, at the 13th annual gia aawards at in Chicago on March 3.
Honoring excellence in housewares retailing, the gia program was created by the IHA in 1999 to honor housewares retailing innovation and merchandising distinction worldwide.
The Gourmet Retailer, a co-sponsor of the U.S. gia for independent kitchenware retailers, selected the winner, after soliciting and reviewing nominations from the industry.
Cooks of Crocus Hill, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013, was the ideal choice for The Gourmet Retailer’s Kitchenware Retailer of the Year and the U.S. gia award, says Anna Wolfe, editor-in-chief. “For almost four decades, Cooks of Crocus Hill has continued to innovate and has proven that it is possible for independent gourmet retailers to thrive in today’s marketplace,” Wolfe says.
Cooks of Crocus Hill, which has three culinary stores and cooking schools in the Twin Cities area, will be featured in the February/March issue of The Gourmet Retailer.
The gia competition is structured both on a national and global level to honor independent and multiple location housewares retailers for excellence in several business categories including mission, layout and design, visual merchandising, marketing, customer service, staff training and innovation.
Each national winner will travel to the IH+HS where the global gia jury, consisting of four experts representing Asia, Europe and the Americas, plus a rotating group of co-sponsoring trade publication editors, will select the five global gia Honorees.
From March 2-5 at McCormick Place, IH+HS show attendees will be able to see photo displays of the gia winners. The gia Showcase in the Grand Concourse Lobby will feature visual displays of each store’s award-winning efforts.
Banners for the 20+ winning retailers will be hung in the walkway that connects the Grand Concourse and the Lakeside Center. More information about gia is online.