- Bridgestone Select Hendra named National Franchise of the Year for second year running.
- National Service Centre of the year won by Bridgestone Service Centre Broome.
- Bridgestone Service Centre Warrnambool recognised as National Truck Store of the Year.
- New Store of the Year won by Bridgestone Select Keperra
ADELAIDE, South Australia (22 April, 2022) — Bridgestone Select Hendra in Brisbane continues to set the benchmark for Bridgestone with back-to-back National Franchise of the Year titles for the store owned by Caleb Sos.
National honours also went to James and Lynda Hagan's Bridgestone Service Centre Broome for the Service Centre of the Year category, Peter Baulch and Bridgestone Service Centre Warrnambool for the Truck Store of the year accolade, while Garth & Leanne Pettersen and Bridgestone Select Keperra in Brisbane claimed New Store of the Year.
According to National Franchise of the Year store owner, Caleb Sos, the back-to-back wins were a surprise to him, but a team-wide effort.
"Our focus at Bridgestone Select Hendra has always been to go above and beyond – putting our customers first and ensuring that we have a safe and healthy environment for our staff, and clearly that is a formula that is working," Caleb said.
"It's a huge honour to win store of the year once, but to win two years in a row is amazing and reflects the incredible commitment from the team, led by store manager Darren Proctor."
DRIVE is the national recognition program for Bridgestone Select and Bridgestone Service Centres around the country. Launched in 2020, DRIVE sees stores benchmarked in line with Bridgestone values of customer centricity, delivering a leading customer experience and exceptional value for tyre and auto services.
The program recognises the top stores nationally and by region across three main categories: Franchise of the Year for Bridgestone Select stores, Store of the Year for Bridgestone Service Centres, and Truck Store of the Year for the best performing store for Bridgestone truck, bus and retread sales. A dedicated New Store of the Year Award is also awarded amongst Bridgestone Select locations in their first three years of trading – contested between 17 stores in 2021.
Bridgestone Australia & New Zealand Managing Director Heath Barclay is proud that the focus of the Bridgestone network remained on the customer despite the challenges of 2021.
"We're delighted to recognise our DRIVE program winners and showcase their commitment to customers – especially our national winners: Bridgestone Select Hendra, Bridgestone Service Centre Broome, Bridgestone Service Centre Warrnambool, and Bridgestone Select Keperra," Mr Barclay said.
"Bridgestone has been named Australia's most trusted tyre brand by Reader's Digest, and our network has the most satisfied customer according to Canstar Blue, so our DRIVE program is recognising the best of the best.
"The DRIVE program highlights the effort our network makes in delivering exceptional service, value for money and continuing to build trust with customers. Despite lockdowns and a continually changing business landscape, our stores have remained fixed on these core values and continue to do our brand proud," he added.
Joining national winner Bridgestone Select Hendra for Queensland's state honours in the Service Centre of the Year category is Matthew Smith & Chris Rockemer's Bridgestone Service Centre Charters Towers, with Bridgestone Service Centre Gladstone and Derek Treichel winning Truck Store of the Year.
In the New South Wales region, Franchise of the Year was won by Marcus & Kristen Cornish's Bridgestone Select Rutherford, with Bridgestone Service Centre Laurieton and Rubikant M Modi & Manji Murji Thakarani taking out Service Centre of the Year. Truck Store of the Year of the year was won by David Spokes and Bridgestone Service Centre Kempsey.
National Truck Store of the Year winner Peter Baulch from Bridgestone Service Centre Warrnambool had even more reason to celebrate, with the store also taking out the Service Centre of the Year for the Victorian/Tasmanian region, while Scott Turnbull and Richard Hilderand's Bridgestone Select Hobart claimed the Franchise of the Year award.
In South Australia and Northern Territory, Franchise of the Year was taken out by Kerry & Debbie Collins' Adelaide based Bridgestone Select Norwood, with Alf Bamford, Dave Barry & Terry Gilcrist's Bridgestone Service Centre Mount Gambier Service Centre of the Year honours. Robert Larking and the team at Bridgestone Service Centre Ceduna claimed Truck Store of the Year honours.
Western Australia was conquered by James and Lynda Hagan's stores, with Bridgestone Service Centre Broome claiming the National Service Centre of the Year prize, and their Bridgestone Service Centre Wedgefield site in Port Hedland take out the Truck Store of the Year. Franchise of the Year was won by Jason & Shontelle Bowman's Bridgestone Select Busselton.
"DRIVE continues to set the benchmark across our network, and I am thrilled with how competitive the results were in 2021. Ultimately, our customers are the real winners through the DRIVE program – and our stores are performing by delivering on customer needs," Mr Barclay added.
Franchise of the Year
National Winner/QLD – Bridgestone Select Hendra
NSW/ACT – Bridgestone Select Rutherford
VIC/TAS – Bridgestone Select Hobart
SA/NT – Bridgestone Select Norwood
WA – Bridgestone Select Busselton
New Store of the Year
Bridgestone Select Keperra (QLD)
Service Centre of the Year
National/WA – Bridgestone Service Centre Broome
Queensland – Bridgestone Service Centre Charters Towers
NSW/ACT – Bridgestone Service Centre Laurieton
VIC/TAS – Bridgestone Service Centre Warrnambool
SA/NT – Bridgestone Service Centre Mount Gambier
Truck Store of the Year
National/VIC – Bridgestone Service Centre Warrnambool
Queensland – Bridgestone Service Centre Gladstone
NSW/ACT – Bridgestone Service Centre Kempsey
SA/NT – Bridgestone Service Centre Ceduna
WA – Bridgestone Service Centre Wedgefield (Port Hedland)
About Bridgestone Australia Ltd.
Bridgestone is a global leader in tyres and rubber, and is building on its expertise to provide solutions for safe and sustainable mobility. In Australia, Bridgestone Australia Ltd. offers a range of services and solutions to all segments of the Australian market to deliver social value and customer value. Bridgestone’s extensive range of quality tyres is complemented by the provision of mechanical and fleet services through the company’s nationwide retail network of Bridgestone Select and Bridgestone Service Centres, mobile service provider Lube Mobile, and the manufacturing and sale of quality retreads through Bandag Pty Limited. Bridgestone offers a diverse product portfolio of premium tyres and advanced solutions backed by innovative technologies, improving the way people around the world move, live, work and play.