Fast food fried chicken emporium KFC has been named the Large Retailer of the Year at the National Retail Association's (NRA) Rewards for Excellence ceremony on the Gold Coast. Specsavers, Kikki.K, Supercheap Auto and Footlocker also picked up gongs at the event, which had an Arabian Nights theme.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring back Australia’s largest and most prestigious retail awards to recognise the deserving individuals and businesses who are setting a whole new standard of excellence in the sector,” said NRA CEO Trevor Evans.

“After years of downturn in retail, we are finally starting to see a consistent gradual incline in sales across the board, and it’s a credit to creative and passionate retailers like many of our Rewards for Excellence winners who are determined to see their businesses flourish.

“As the consumer environment continues to evolve, we need to look to those who are displaying innovation and putting their people and customers first, to ensure we are all continuing to perform to the best of our abilities.”

Full List of Winners and Beaten Finalists
Small Retailer of the Year
Winner: Peter Baker-Finch & Co
Medium Retailer of the Year
Winner: The Kookee Group
Large Retailer of the Year
Winner: Yum Restaurants – KFC
Franchisee of the Year
Winner: Specsavers – Mt Ommaney
Employer of the Year
Winner: Kikki.K
Multichannel Retailer of the Year
Winner: Supercheap Auto
Training Excellence Award
Winner: Footlocker
Innovation Excellence Award
Winner: Noodle Box
Sustainability Excellence Award
Winner: Super Retail Group
Workplace Safety Award
Winner: Harris Scarfe
CEO of the Year
Winner: Peter Birtles – Super Retail Group
HR Practitioner of the Year
Winner: Kate Byrdy – Jeanswest