It’s full speed ahead for Revolve
Revolve Bike Shop in Gorey has been named as Cycle Retailer of the Year at the national Irish Independent Retail Awards, beating off stiff some competition from across the country.
There were a total of seven Wexford finalists in this year awards, and cycle section also saw Wexford's The Bike Shop.
Gorey's Revolve Bike Shop is a one stop shop for custom building, sale, parts and repairing of bikes, specialising particularly in mountain bikes.
Owner Peter Sinnott takes his role as head mechanic very seriously, and he has over 20 years of professional experience describing himself as a bike fanatic.
'Every product that we stock is hand picked to ensure it is of the highest quality and offers value for money. Every year brings a brand new range of bikes and bike products, and we painstakingly study each to discern the best quality and value for money for our customers,' said Peter.
The awards were held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown and Peter went along to the black tie ceremony.
'I went on my own, it was great. I was very surprised and very happy to win. It just goes to show that all of our effort over the last nine years in business means something to our customers,' he said.
Peter has four staff members in Gorey to help him, describing the work as very hands on.
As cycling gains popularity in Ireland, Peter said that quality brands and products have become very important and the Gorey shop is the sole Irish agent for brands such as Evil and Ibis.
Organisers at The Irish Independent Retail Awards said that its aim is to reward retailers for serving and enhancing their communities.
'The winners are a true reflection of the excellence and high standard that feature in the country's independent retail industry. They have shown amazing entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen which lies behind the thriving industry that employ hundreds of people,' a spokesperson for the awards said.
The awards recognised individuals that own smaller chains like the Gorey shop, whose work is often overshadowed in the bigger landscape.