Saul Korman Honoured with Retail Council of Canada's Chase Paymentech Ambassador Award

Owner of Korry's Clothiers to Gentlemen Recognized for Commitment to Community

TORONTO, May 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced today that Saul Korman, owner of Korry's Clothiers to Gentlemen, will be honoured with the Chase Paymentech Ambassador Award at the upcoming STORE 2011 - Canada's Retail Conference being held in Toronto on June 6 - 7.  Mr. Korman is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the community and to the retail industry.

"Saul Korman embodies the true meaning of what the Chase Paymentech Ambassador Award represents," says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada. "Korry's is a fixture on Danforth Avenue in Toronto.  Saul is so associated with the street and community he has been dubbed the "Duke of the Danforth".  We are thrilled to present this award to Saul in recognition of his important role as an ambassador for independent merchants and the communities they serve."

The Chase Paymentech Ambassador Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a local independent retailer to his or her community. The recipient is seen as a visionary, an innovator, and an integral part of the community that his or her business serves. Recipients are known for their community involvement, customer loyalty, and support of locally made products and services. As the name of the award suggests, this individual or business must embody the true spirit of entrepreneurship and community service required to be recognized as an ambassador of the retail industry. The award will be presented to Mr. Korman on behalf of the retail industry at the annual Excellence in Retailing Awards Dinner held on Monday, June 6, 2011 at STORE 2011 - Canada's Retail Conference.

About Saul Korman and Korry's Clothiers to Gentlemen
It was a fluke that brought young Saul and his father, Nathan, from Rouyn-Noranda on the northern Quebec/Ontario border to the then-wilds of the city's east end in 1952.

The pair set up their first shop at the corner of Danforth and Coxwell where, as Saul recalls: "There was nothing but used car lots and TTC barns as far as the eye could see." But plenty of men worked in the car lots and on the buses, and those men needed menswear. The store did all right. By 1958, Nathan was ready for semi-retirement and Saul decided to re-start the business at a better location, across and up the street in a vacant Tip Top Tailors store. Around the same time, however, the TTC decide to relocate its yards. The resultant neighbourhood shift from predominantly middle-class Scots-Canadians to poorer Greek and Italian immigrants meant that Korry's had to struggle to make ends meet.

As Korry's grew in popularity, so too did the Danforth. Yet the business, which by then had ended up in its present-day two-storey location at 569 Danforth Avenue, just west of Pape, had its ups and downs. And still, Saul resisted the call to relocate in more fashionable neighbourhoods such as Yorkville or the Bay-Bloor corridor. "The Danforth was my street," he says, "and I never wanted to leave it."

Saul Korman was proved right. Thanks in large part to his championing the avenue through continual media exposure, the Danforth has long since become one of Toronto's hottest thoroughfares, filled with interesting shops, hot nightclubs, deliciously multi-ethnic restaurants, and the occasional crowded street festival.

About Retail Council of Canada
Retail Council of Canada (www.retailcouncil.org) is the Voice of Retail. It is a not-for-profit association representing more than 40,000 stores of all retail formats, including independent merchants, regional and national mass and specialty chains, and online merchants. For more information about STORE 2011 visit www.storeconference.ca.

SOURCE Retail Council of Canada

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Media are invited to attend STORE 2011. For more information and to RSVP, contact: Lauren Downie, (416) 694-2777, ext. 225; e-mail: lauren@pipelinecommunications.ca.


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