The family-owned food and fine wines store, Campbell’s of Leyburn, has beaten off strong competition from across the country, to win the ‘Best Village Store/Local Shop’ category at the Farm Shop and Deli Awards organized by William Reed Business Media. Staged in partnership with the leading trades journal, The Grocer , the Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the independent specialist retailers whom they celebrate. They are the centerpiece of a three-day show that attracts thousands of trade representatives and consumers annually to the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
To win the accolade, Campbells passed through a rigorous process that involved judgment online by 20 leading experts, who then came together to select a shortlist of contenders, whom they subsequently visited in secret earlier this year.
Managing director Kath Campbell commented:
“Over the years, our store has won awards from the Yorkshire Life and Yorkshire Post as well as other leading regional awards, but the Food Shop and Deli Awards are special because they attract retailers from across the UK.
“We were delighted when we were among the runners up last year and are absolutely thrilled to have gone one better this year and won our category. The enthusiastic response on social media to our victory from suppliers and customers has been the icing on the cake.”
What the judges said:
Photo: Kath Campbell together with Beth Campbell and the Chair of Judges Nigel Barden