The National Retail Association (NRA) has today announced the 2022 Finalists for the prestigious National Retail Awards.

This is the first Awards ceremony to be held in person since 2019, treating guests to a night of top-shelf, quality entertainment and experiences at the Star Resort Gold Coast.

The National Retail Awards is now in its 50th year of recognizing retailers’ hard work, dedication, and outstanding achievements across Australia. Each category had highly commended entries with an impressive line-up of award categories spanning several categories including local and international brands.

Retailers showcased their excellence across twelve diverse categories including:

Champion Awards
– Sustainability Champion of the Year
– Innovation Champion of the Year
– People & Culture Champion
– The Coffee Commune Hospitality of the Year

Category Awards
– Small Retailer of the Year
– Medium Retailer of the Year
– Large Retailer of the Year
– Onlin1e Retailer of the Year
– Emerging Retailer of the Year

Individual Awards
– HR Professional of the Year
– Store Manager of the Year
– Young Retailer of the Year

Judging for the Young Retailer of the Year category will continue for the next two weeks before winners are announced at the 2022 National Retail Awards night on Friday 16th September.

Without further ado, the deserving finalists for each category are:

Sustainability Champion of the Year

  • Designerex
  • Macpac
  • Salvos Stores
  • Vinnies Victoria
  • Zea


Innovation Champion of the Year

  • Barbeques Galore
  • Inspiring Vacations
  • Miss Amara
  • Meshki
  • Oz Hair & Beauty


People & Culture Champion

  • Amart
  • Boardriders
  • Miss Amara
  • Sleepy’s
  • Zea


The Coffee Commune Hospitality of the Year

  • Betty’s Burgers
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Pizza Guardians


Small Retailer of the Year

  • Clover Fields
  • Gallery of Central Australia
  • Kenz Designs
  • Oakey Electrical
  • Zea


Medium Retailer of the Year

  • B2C Furniture
  • Miss Amara
  • Oz Hair & Beauty
  • Personalised Favours
  • Poolwerx Wavell Heights


Large Retailer of the Year

  • Kmart
  • QBD Books
  • Salvos Stores
  • Spendless Shoes
  • Winning Group


Online Retailer of the Year

  • Appliances Online
  • Booktopia
  • Lovehoney
  • Lyre’s Spirit Co
  • Miss Amara


Emerging Retailer of the Year

  • Carma
  • Claude & Me Jewellery
  • Gallery of Central Australia
  • MedCart Australia


HR Professional of the Year

  • Anthea Hendriks – Sleepy’s
  • Emily Van Wessem – Mad Mex
  • Emma Miller – Boardriders
  • Gary Parker-Shirley – QBD Books
  • Nicole Winterton – BBQ Galore


Store Manager of the Year

  • Amy Davison – Sleepy’s
  • Andrew Jarman – Surf Dive Ski
  • Cassey-Leigh Robertson – QBD Books
  • Chris Reynolds – Surf Dive Ski
  • Samuel Black – Amart


Young Retailer of the Year

  • Amber Bauer – Sleepy’s
  • Callam Went – Woolworths
  • Katelyn Paterson-Barnes – QBD Books
  • Matthew Hodges – BBQ Galore
  • Rachel MacDonald – Sleepy’s
  • Stephen Poole – AG Lego Store

The Gala Dinner will take place at the Star Hotel Gold Coast preceded by a professional development and networking luncheon for Young Retailers, Store Managers and HR Professionals of the Year Finalists.

Full finalist details can be found online – https://nationalretailawards.com.au/finalists-2022/

The dinner is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at https://events.humanitix.com/2022-national-retail-awards