GREENACRES Shopping Centre, as well as The Bridge and Shoprite Mall, have been recognised as the top mall in the Eastern Cape.
The 2013 Times Sowetan Retail Awards Survey, conducted by independent research agency TNS, has revealed which retail outlets are succeeding as front-runners in securing spend from South African consumers.
Hemingways Mall and Vincent Park Shopping Centre in East London were the second and third top malls in the Eastern Cape, while Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria was recognised as the overall top shopping centre in the country.
Shoprite maintained its position as the top retailer in South Africa, winning the Overall Grand Prix for the fifth consecutive year. Once again, Pick n Pay followed in second place, with Edgars in third. Shoprite also claimed the award for providing the best Overall Customer Experience in the Supermarket & Hypermarket category.
In the Telecoms sector, the MTN store beat rival cellular network Vodacom Shop to secure first place. In the luxury purchase categories, American Swiss claimed first place among the jewellery retailers.
Hi Fi Corp moved into first place in the electronic, computer and gadget category for the first time while Musica took top spot in the entertainment category.
Sheet Street trumped major retailer Mr Price Home in the home accessory and décor category, pushing them down to third position. Woolworths shifted up into second place. In the specialist furniture store category, Geen & Richards retained their first position, followed by Morkels. House & Home, previously in ninth position, took a giant leap into third spot in 2013.
Times Media general manager of advertising sales and strategic communication Trevor Ormerod said: "The results of The Times Sowetan Retail Awards Survey continue to increase retailers' insights into their market.
"Combined with the intelligence we glean on a daily basis as a result of our high circulation, high reach publications, we believe Times Media is in a prime position to offer businesses the most solid and strategic insights around."