Spar Little Island named Ireland’s top convenience retailer

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Nigel Scully, Aryzta, Michael Curren, Irish Daily Mail, and Dermot Griffin, Premier Lotteries present the Overall C-Store Award of the Year to Spar Little Island, Cork. Accepting the award are Colin Donnelly and Willie O’Byrne from BWG.


Ireland’s top retailers and brands gathered on 23 November at Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel for the ShelfLife National C-Store Awards 2016. Now in its 16th year, the C-Store Awards programme is the only comprehensive and independently judged business accolades for the convenience store sector. Topping the list of winners was Spar Little Island in Cork, earning the coveted accolade of National C-Store of the Year.

Together with returning master of ceremonies Marty Whelan, ShelfLife welcomed 350 guests from across the industry to present 35 awards, celebrating the industry’s finest stores and people in a diverse range of categories.

Publisher John McDonald, who presented the night’s main award, National Convenience Store of the Year 2016 to Spar store in Little Island, Co. Cork, said the 2016 C-Store Awards programme marked “a new watershed in Irish convenience retailing standards.

“The level of improvement, particularly in the smaller stores,” McDonald said, “illustrates just how hard retailers are working to give their customers great service and a quality shopping experience.”

Among the awards presented on the night was the special presentation of Convenience Champion of the Year 2016, which was presented to Tara Buckley, director general of RGDATA, which represents more than 4,000 independent family-owned grocery shops, convenience stores, forecourts and supermarkets across Ireland. Buckley was chosen for the award due to her tireless work advocating for store owners across the country in her role.

The full list of awards and winners:

The night began with the presentation of four special awards to last year’s winners for Continuing High Standards. These were presented to:

  • McDermott’s Gala, Main Street, Patrickswell, Co. Limerick
  • Donnellans Centra, Loughville, Lahinch Rd, Ennis , Co. Clare
  • Spar Parkwest, The Plaza, Parkwest Business Park, Dublin 12
  • Tobin’s Topaz, Spar Service Station, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

 

Best Food-to-Go Department 2016, sponsored by Cuisine de France:

Spar Parkwest, the Plaza, Parkwest Business Park, Dublin 12

Irish Language Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge:

Durkin’s Costcutter, An Tulach, Bailenahabhann, Connamara, Co. Galway

Best Off-Licence Section 2016, sponsored by ShelfLife Magazine:

Daybreak Clerihan, The Village Centre, Clerihan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Best News Department 2016, sponsored by The Daily Mail:

XL Sallynoggin, 40 Sallynoggin Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Best Fresh & Chilled Department 2016, sponsored by Kerry Foods:

Donagh Hickey Motors Applegreen/Centra, Shinnagh Cross, Rathmore, Co. Kerry

Solid Fuel Retailer of the Year 2016, sponsored by Bord na Mona:

Spar/Topaz Corrib Oil, Brackernagh, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

Staff Development Award 2016, sponsored by Payzone:

Hennessy’s Centra, 42 The Quay, Co. Waterford

Best Community Initiative 2016, sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland:

Herlihy’s Centra, 36-40 Patrick Street, Fermoy, Co. Cork

National Lottery Retail Store of the Year 2016, sponsored by National Lottery Star Store

Easons, Thurles Shopping Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Best New C-Store Concept 2016, sponsored by PostPoint

Mace/Maxol M3 Mulhuddart Service Station Service Station, Dublin 15

Best Impulse Offering 2016, sponsored by Excel Recruitment

Tobin’s Topaz, Spar Service Station, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Cuisine de France Bakery Award 2016, sponsored by Cuisine de France

Mulroy’s Londis, Moneen Roundabout, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Retail Technology Supplier of the Year 2016, sponsored by Bord Gáis Energy

Leaders Enterprise

Best New C-Store Product Launch 2016, sponsored by Spar

Fulfil

Best C-Store Marketing Campaign 2016, sponsored by Leaders Enterprise

M&Ms, #KissMeImIrish/4th of July

C-Store Product of the Year 2016, sponsored by XL

Coca-Cola

C-Store Wine of the Year 2016, sponsored by Barry Group, CostCutter + Carry Out

Blossom Hill

C-Store Supplier of the Year, sponsored by Gala

Aryzta

Convenience Champion of the Year 2016, sponsored by EIQA

Tara Buckley, RGDATA director general

Forecourt Retailer of the Year 2016, sponsored by SeaChange

Gold Winner – Spar Express Junction 14, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare

Silver Winner – Hobans Centra, The Fairgreen, Westport, Co. Mayo

Bronze Winner – Maxol Mace, Newport Road, Westport, Co. Mayo

Best Convenience Store (Under 1,500 sq ft), sponsored by Cuisine de France, National Lottery + the Daily Mail

Gold Winner – Smith’s Gala, Main Street, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford

Silver Winner – XL Sallynoggin, 40 Sallynoggin Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Bronze Winner – Daybreak Clerihan, The Village Centre, Clerihan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Best Convenience Store (1,500 – 2,500sq ft) sponsored by Cuisine de France, National Lottery + the Daily Mail

Gold Winner – Londis Castleknock, Phoenix Park Racecourse, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Silver Winner – O’Briens Costcutter, Ardrostig, Bishopstown, Co. Cork

Bronze Winner – Spar Custom House Square, Gandon House, IFSC, Dublin 1

Best Convenience Store (2,500 – 4,000sq ft), sponsored by Cuisine de France, National Lottery + the Daily Mail

Gold Winner – Spar Little Island, Eastgate Business Park, Little Island, Co. Cork

Silver Winner – O’Leary Centra, South Douglas Road, Douglas, Cork

Bronze Winner – Aspels Spar, O’Brien Street, Kanturk, Co. Cork

Best Convenience Store (4,000+sq ft), sponsored by Cuisine de France, National Lottery + the Daily Mail

Gold Winner – Murphy’s Centra, Rochestown, Co. Cork

Silver Winner – Londis Abbeytown, Co. Roscommon

Bronze Winner – Mortons Ranelagh, 15/17 Dunville Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Finally, the overall winner on the night, of one of the most coveted accolades in the Irish retail industry…

National Convenience Store Winner 2016 sponsored by Cuisine de France, National Lottery + the Daily Mail

Spar Little Island, Eastgate Business Park, Little Island, Co. Cork