THE ALEXANDRIA SHOPPER – Bloomies takes top honors


Bloomingdales received Department Store of the Year honors Tuesday from the Global Department Store Summit 2008, the first-ever global platform for Department Stores, held in London.  The award was created to recognize a “world-class performer and innovator” from the department store industry.   

A panel of 53 department store CEOs were invited to nominate the best department store in the world in 2008 according to criteria that included an enviable profile through branding, differentiated positioning and powerful messaging; successful developments and executions of product, store and service innovation strategies; delivery of an extraordinary in-store experience; offers of excellent customer service; and strong financial performance.

We are delighted to receive this award; and I say we because it is on behalf of all our associates at every level who have dedicated themselves to excellence, innovation and service,” said Blommies chair and CEO  Michael Gould. “It is their passion that has been recognized by a worldwide peer group, and that is especially gratifying.

Organized by Selfridges and Intercontinental Group of Department Stores, The Global Department Store Summit is a new and focused discussion platform aiming to provide true insight into the strategies of leading department stores.

DC area GM’s were also excited about the honor.  I could not be more thrilled to be part of the next evolution of the Bloomingdales brand, said Julia Palmer, the general manager of the Chevy Chase store.  Since we opened our new store in Chevy Chase this past September it has truly been the passion of our associates that has given us the opportunity to show the community Bloomingdales at its best.

Catherine Cook, the general manager of the Tysons Corner location, said that,  “the fact that this decision was awarded by our peers in the retail industry makes me even more excited to receive this recognition and to be a part of the Bloomingdale’s brand.”

Bloomingdales was founded in 1872 and is the last remaining nationwide, full-line, upscale department store.  A division of Macys, it currently operates 40 stores in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Minnesota, Georgia, Florida, Nevada and California. 

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