‘Winning NR Award is recognition for hard work of all the staff’

‘Winning NR Award is recognition for hard work of all the staff’


As the countdown to the NR 2023 Awards continue, we take a look back to our 2022 winners, who tell us how it felt to win a Neighbourhood Retailer Award and what it means to them, their team and their business.

Eamonn Gee and Sarah Gee pictured with Annette Lappin.

The Off Licence of the Year title was awarded to Gee’s Wine Shop, based at Rossdowney Park in Derry-Londonderry.

The popular shop secured the award, beating off stiff competition after judges praised the “attractive store” for its “innovative and exceptional range”.

Judges added Gee’s offered “much more than expected”.

“Staff were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and gave some really good recommendations,” they added.

The family-run store has enjoyed a wealth of support over the years and in mid-2021 moved to their brand-new store.

Following their award win, owner Eamonn Gee said he was delighted to have won.

“I’m delighted for all the staff, many of whom have been with me for years. It’s a recognition for them and their hard work as much as it is for me,” he said.

“Many of our customers have made the effort to come in and congratulate us, which is really nice to get. These are difficult times and this recognition gives everyone a lift.”