: Last year's winner of the award which was Bookworm. L-R : John Lanigan, Tommy Barrett, John Butler ( Bookworm), Martin Quinn, Phil Ryan and Amy Ryan Fogarty.
Refresh Thurles Tidy Towns has this week launched its annual “Best Presented Shop Front Competition”.
This competition aims to acknowledge businesses in the town making an effort to improve the external appearance of their premises.
All businesses in the town are deemed to be entered into this competition. The winner will receive the Kathleen Wright Perpetual Trophy. Past winners of this award include: Bookworm, Ryan’s Daughter Restaurant, Liam Campion Quality Meats, Liberty Pharmacy and Rusticafe.
The judge will be looking out for some of the following: A clean shop front and clean footpath in immediate vicinity, attractive painting scheme, effective signage and in good condition, window displays, Flowers in window boxes/baskets to make location more inviting.
The judge will also pay attention to businesses using their outdoor space effectively. Judging will take place over the coming weeks and Refresh Thurles will announce the winner in August. A presentation will then follow to this year’s winner and the judges full report will be published in the Tipperary Star.
The competition judge had the following to say about last years winner: “The overall winner I have picked this year is No 1 Parnell Street Bookworm. The effort and time put into keeping their window displays is evident, with up-to-date products and events that are of interest and informative to passers-by and the people of the town. This business takes pride in the premises where the signage is sharp and clear and well-lit at night. Congratulations to all the team in Bookworm.”
Tommy Barrett of Thurles Tidy Towns explains the focus of this competition: “It is vital that we put our best foot forward in Thurles and businesses play a key role in how their premises are presented. We want to raise awareness of the importance of attractive shop fronts not just in Liberty Square but throughout the town. I also believe that it is in the interest of all businesses to have an attractive shopfront to increase their footfall.
“ It is great to see so many businesses making a great effort this year and we look forward to the awards ceremony in a few weeks,” he said.
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