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Gauteng's top retailers were honoured last night at the inaugural Annual Retail Awards ceremony at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.
The awards are hosted by The Times and Sowetan, both owned by Avusa Media.
Enver Groenewald, Avusa media general manager for advertising revenue & strategic communications, said:
"These awards will follow in the footsteps and are of the same integrity as Avusa's Top Brands and Generation Next research."
Winners in the 29 categories judged were Ackermans, Absa, Dream Nails, Toyota, South African Airways, eBucks, Game, Levi's Store, Claire's, KFC, Edgars, Pick 'n Pay, BP Express, Clicks, Mr Price Home, American Swiss, Liquor City, Menlyn Shopping Centre, Ster Kinekor, Spitz, Lacoste, Total Sports, CNA, Rennies and Midas.
The awards are the grand finale to the Clever Shopper initiative, which involves weekly pages on savvy shopping in The Times and Sowetan and a competition where the winners walk away with a shopping spree at their favourite mall.
The Times and Sowetan commissioned Ipsos Markinor to conduct research across Gauteng.
The researchers approached consumers who are in LSM 7 to 10 and LSM 5 to 8 - representative of The Times and Sowetan readers, respectively - who then gave information on who their top retailers were and where they were happy to shop until they dropped.