The Best Birding Retailer of the Year award winners were announced at this year’s Wild Bird Expo™, sponsored by Gold Crest Distributing in Mexico, MO. Winners were announced on Wednesday, September 28th during the event’s Share Night gathering.  The winner of “Best Birding Department in a Multi-Line Store” went to Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington, Missouri.

 

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Other awards included:

  • Best Large Store with a Birding Emphasis (Over 1,800 Sq. Feet): The Bird House in Rochester, New York
  • Best Small Store with a Birding Emphasis (Less than 1,800 Sq. Feet): Backyard Birds in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Best Birding Department as a funding source for a Nonprofit Organization: Woodland’s Nature Station Land Between the Lakes in Cadiz, Kentucky

Nominees for the awards were submitted by a Candidate Search Committee who were tasked with determining who, in their opinion, demonstrated conscientious effort in advancing the birding hobby and industry. The required criteria in order to qualify as a nominee included several factors such as: sales volume (total and per / sq. ft.), growth history and advancement of new trends, best practice systems, product selection offered, merchandising, advertising, customer communication and education (websites, social media, etc.), and overall impact within their community and beyond.  All winning retailers were selected by birding industry leaders.

The Wild Bird Expo™ is co-sponsored and hosted by Gold Crest Distributing in Mexico, MO. Grant Toellner, Vice President of Gold Crest Distributing, was quoted to say, “This is the second year that Gold Crest has been privileged to host the Best Birding Retailer Awards.  We are honored to take part in helping recognize the leaders of this industry.”

For more information about the Best Birding Retailer of the Year Award, contact:

Grant Toellner

Vice President

Gold Crest Distributing

Ph: 888-985-2473

Email: Grant@goldcrestdistributing.com

 

For more information about the Wild Bird Expo contact:

 

Brenda Wright

Show Coordinator

Gold Crest Distributing

Ph: 888-985-2473

Email: Info@wildbirdexpo.com