Retail awards recap

After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, Property Council was absolutely thrilled to hold the 2021 Queensland Retail Property of the Year Awards. Held at the at the Royal International Convention Centre on Friday 8 October with over 300 industry professional in attendance. This has been a signature event in the Property Council’s calendar for over 15 years.

The Property Council of Australia’s Queensland Retail Property of the Year Awards acknowledges the best in retail properties and precincts across the state. The award categories reward excellence in relation to design, marketing, centre management and innovation.

Pacific Fair was awarded this year’s 2021 Retail Property of the Year winner and additionally took home awards for ‘Excellence in Marketing’, ‘Excellence in Centre Management’ and ‘Retail Innovation’. Maroochydore Homemaker Centre was runner up 2021 Queensland Retail Property of the Year and winner in the ‘Excellence in Centre Management’ category. This is the second time Pacific Fair has been awarded this prestigious title, first taking home the accolade in 2016.   

With lockdowns and restrictions hitting food retailers hardest, the Property Council decided to acknowledge the sector’s challenges through the introduction of a special one-off award for Outstanding Response to Extraordinary Circumstances (Food Retailing). This award was taken home by Wintergarden, recognized for its ‘Foodie Dollars’ initiative, a campaign that incentivized consumers to offset the impact of the pandemic through discount vouchers, resulting in increased activity within the food court and an overall uplift in foot traffic, sales and restoring much-needed vitality. 

Victoria Reboton from Vicinity Centres took home the Emerging Professional of the Year Award, awarded to up and coming talent in the retail property sector. Victoria has been with Vicinity Centres since 2019. She most recently led the successful ‘DFO Domestic Tourism Strategy’ project, encouraging local customers to visit retailers in the centre, in the absence of international tourists who traditionally visit DFO, due to its close proximity to airports.

The Property Council would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners of the 2021 Retail Property of the Year Awards. Thank you to our principal sponsor Hames Sharley and bronze sponsor Gough for making this event possible. Finally we would like to acknowledge the efforts of the judging committee, led by David Hedemann, who graciously volunteered their time to judge the over 58 nominations received.

Congratulations again to Pacific Fair and our other category winners.

You can view the 2021 winners here.