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Ireland’s leading retailers have been recognised at Ireland’s Forecourt and Convenience Retailer Awards 2019, which took place recently in Dublin with Mulkerns Eurospar, Newry and Milestone, Rathfriland taking two of the prestigious awards on the night.

The prestigious Ireland-wide awards, now in their 16th year, are the only specialist awards for the forecourt and convenience industry and form part of Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit. They recognise innovation and excellence across a total of 17 categories, including Retailer of the Year,Best Forecourt Facilities, Food to Go Retailer of the Year, Store Manager of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement accolade. Each award is independently judged by Spotcheck through a series of shop visits and panel interviews with industry experts.

Katie and Ann McAvoy from winning store Milestone Rathfriland.
Katie and Ann McAvoy from winning store Milestone, Rathfriland.

Mulkerns Eurospar Ltd, Newry won Best Category Management, and Milestone Rathfriland, Co. Down won Best Fresh Food.

Bill Penton, Managing Director of Penton Exhibitions which organises the Awards, said “We are delighted to be recognising the excellent work that is taking place in the forecourt and convenience retail sector. The category winners should be very proud of their achievement as the standard of entrants gets higher every year and the awards are judged independently through a very rigorous assessment process. Our overall winner, Lee’s Centra Applegreen, has embraced a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship which has enabled them to develop a team of highly trained and motivated staff – fully committed to delivering an excellent service to their customers and the local community. 

Ian McConville of category sponsor BIC (centre) with Thomas Magennis, Donna McAnulty, Kelly McKeown, and Devin McShane from winning store Mulkerns Eurospar, Newry.
Ian McConville of category sponsor BIC (centre) with Thomas Magennis, Donna McAnulty, Kelly McKeown, and Devin McShane from winning store Mulkerns Eurospar, Newry.

“Along with Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit, the awards are a key event on the industry calendar and the events have been highly successful this year with over 400 people attending the Summit and 500 in attendance at the Awards. As well as being a benchmark of success, the awards are a great opportunity to come together and celebrate the great work within the sector. From excellence in customer service, to training initiatives, to supporting the local community – the dedication and hard work displayed by our winners is something to be proud of.  Many of these retailers provide a vital service for the local community and we congratulate them on their success.”

Lee’s Centra Applegreen in Charleville, Co. Cork was named as the overall winner in the Retailer of the Year category for 2019.

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