Mobile, AL (June 17, 2016) — Andy’s Music in Mobile, Alabama has once again been named one of the world’s Top 100 musical instrument retailers. Andy’s has won this award five out of the last six years. The global association for the music products industry, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), will formally present Andy’s Music with the Top 100 honor during the industry’s upcoming trade event, Summer NAMM in Nashville.
“To be a five-time winner is definitely an honor, and our dedicated staff made this happen,” said James Andrews, Vice President, at Andy’s Music Inc.
The Top 100 designation recognizes:
- A demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer service
- Proven community advocacy and support for music education
- An exemplary retail experience worth returning for and recommending to others
- Merchandising and marketing tactics that encourage repeat sales
- Sound planning for future success, employing marketing and training initiatives
- Engaging and effective use of web and social media
Businesses vying for Top 100 status are evaluated for their innovative approaches to retail and for employing effective strategies in marketing and customer engagement. An independent panel of judges carefully reviews entries to determine winners in each category and to select the Dealer of the Year. Dubbed the ‘retail Oscars’ by Music Inc. magazine, NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlights the industry’s very best music product retailers.
“The music retailers honored with NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer status are those working hard to create positive musical experiences for everyone, from those just learning to experienced musicians,” said Joe Lamond, president, and CEO of NAMM. “Andy’s Music is an important ambassador for making music in Mobile, and exemplifies the passion for making music that unites us all.”
Brother and sister, James Andrews and Linsey Andrews Abraham, are fourth-generation merchants. Their great-grandfather Christos Andreoglou, who emigrated from Smyrna, Greece in 1910, had a general store and tavern on Bloodgood Street in Mobile. Their grandfather Jimmy had a restaurant, Andy’s Grill on Broad Street. Their father Jimmy started Andy’s Music in 1977.