C-Store Awards 2018: Spar Parkwest is Ireland’s Best Convenience Store!

David and Shirley Bagenall celebrate their win for Best Convenience Store at the 2018 C-Store Awards
David and Shirley Bagnall celebrate their win for Best Convenience Store at the 2018 C-Store Awards

More than 400 honoured guests from Ireland's grocery retail and FMCG industry gathered at Dublin's Citywest Hotel on Wednesday 28 November for the 2018 C-Store Awards.

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29 November 2018 | 0

Spar Parkwest of Parkwest Business Park in Dublin has been named National Convenience Store of the Year 2018, seeing off significant competition from some of Ireland’s most ambitious and impressive stores to scoop the ultimate accolade at the ShelfLife National C-Store Awards 2018. 

Ireland’s top retailers and brands gathered at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel last night to attend the prestigious ceremony, now in its 18th year. The C-Store Awards are the most comprehensive and the only independently-judged business accolades for the convenience store sector.

Together with regular master of ceremonies Marty Whelan, ShelfLife magazine welcomed more than 400 guests from across the country. A total of 41 awards were presented, honouring businesses of all varieties and sizes, along with the brands and suppliers that help drive the industry.

Opening the event, ShelfLife publisher John McDonald said: “The work put in by retailers and their staff who enter this awards programme is quite incredible. Standards among the entrants this year are higher than ever.

“The hardest part, however, is maintaining those standards, and constantly reinforcing the key elements of retailing to staff, week after week, month after month, to ensure those standards are delivered daily for customers.”

The awards presented included a special presentation of the 2018 Convenience Champion award to John Moane, managing director of BWG Wholesale and president of appeals with the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund. The IGBF is a charity that supports the families of those in the grocery trade who fall on hard times, often through ill health or sudden death.

The full compliment of awards, winners and presenters is below; to download images, please click here.

 

BEST FOOD TO GO DEPARTMENT

Sponsored by Cuisine de France

Bronze: SPAR Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal – Marian McGarrigle, Annette Tobin and Mark Hargadon, sales director, Aryzta Food Solutions

Silver: Casey’s Londis, Athlone Road, Co. Roscommon – Jim McCausland, Jim Casey and Alan McDermott with Mark Hargadon, sales director, Aryzta Food Solutions

Winner: Wallace Costcutter, Wellingtonbridge, Co. Wexford – Ger Cruise, with Mark Hargadon, sales director, Aryzta Food Solutions

 

BEST PHONE ACCESSORY DISPLAY

Sponsored by SmartBits

Winner: Maxol/Mace, Longmile Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 – Thomas Ennis with Dean Kearns, operations director, SmartBits

 

BEST C-STORE OFF-LICENCE 2018

Sponsored by Gilbey’s

Winner: Cosgrove’s Centra, Maugheraboy, Co. Sligo – Dean Gaffney and Des Cosgrove with Marilyn Egan, Santa Rita/Gilbey’s

 

BEST NEWS DEPARTMENT

Sponsored by The Irish Mail on Sunday

Londis St. James’s Hospital, The Concourse, St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8 – Seamus Griffin, with Michael Curran, sales manager, The Irish Mail on Sunday

 

BEST FRESH & CHILLED RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Invest NI

Winner: McDermott’s Gala, Patrickswell, Co. Limerick – John McDermott with Jen Guiney, food business development manager, Invest NI

 

BEST SOLID FUEL RETAILER

Sponsored by Bord na Mona

Winner: Spar Tipperary Town Plaza, Limerick Road, Co Tipperary – Paudie Byrne and Stef Thornton with Brian Keogh, commerical manager, Bord na Mona

 

STAFF DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Sponsored by Payzone

Pictured: Hayley Flood, customer experience manager, Payzone, with…

Winner: Daybreak Clerihan, Clerihan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary – Andrew Boyle, Trina Hand and Dean Hand with Hayley Flood, customer experience manager, Payzone

 

BEST COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

Sponsored by Stationmaster

Pictured: Daniel Emerson, director, Stationmaster, with…

Winner: McKenna’s Centra/Circle K, Ballymacarry Lower, Buncrana, Co. Donegal – Ciarán McKenna and Danielle McKenna with Damien Emerson, director, Stationmaster

 

NATIONAL LOTTERY STORE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by The National Lottery

Winner: Bergin’s Food Fair, Parnell Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary – Gilian Bergin and Seamus Bergin with Paul Thomas, sales manager, Premier Lotteries Ireland (L) and Niall Andrews, sales director, Premier Lotteries Ireland

 

BEST NEW C-STORE CONCEPT/OFFERING

Sponsored by Kepak

Winner: Cosgrove’s Centra, Maugheraboy, Co. Sligo – Dean Gaffney and Des Cosgrove with Quintin Kelly, business development manager, Kepak

 

BEST IMPULSE OFFERING

Sponsored by Excel Recruitment

Winner: XL NUIG, Arasna Macleinn, Galway City – accepted by Val O’Meara, with Nikki Murran, head of grocery retail recruitment, Excel Recruitment

 

CUISINE DE FRANCE BAKERY AWARD

Sponsored by Cuisine de France

Winner: Londis, Dock Road, Co. Limerick – Gerry Casey, with Eric Nolan of Aryzta Food Solutions

 

RETAIL TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Winner: JBM|MERIT epos solutions – Margaret Jordan, Greg Karfakis and Suzanne Cleary with Owen Clifford, head of retail convenience, Bank of Ireland

 

BEST NEW PRODUCT

Sponsored by Spar

Winner: Fulfil Hazelnut Whip – Orla O’Brien and Catherine Hayes with Colin Donnelly, sales director, Spar

 

BEST MARKETING 2018

Sponsored by Mace

Winner: Heineken 0.0% Launch – David Farragher and Lauren West with John Tully, regional manager, Mace

 

PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Pictured: Colm Fitzsimons, national development manager, XL, with…

Winner: Coca Cola

 

WINE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by the Barry Group

Winner: Santa Rita – Marilyn Egan with Jim Barry, MD, the Barry Group

 

BEST SUPPLIER 2018 

Sponsored by Gala

Winner: ARYZTA Food Solutions Ireland – Phil Campbell, Keith O’Sullivan and Kevin Fitzgerald with Billy Massey, retail operations manager, Gala

 

CONVENIENCE CHAMPION 2018

Sponsored by EIQA

Winner: John Moane, with Irene Collins, MD, EIQA

 

BEST NEW FOOD & DRINK START-UP

Sponsored by Centra

Winner: Absolute Nutrition – Jo Davey and James Davey with Dan Curtin, sales director, Centra

 

FORECOURT RETAILER OF THE YEAR (SMALL)

Sponsored by Seachange

Bronze: O’Shea’s Gala, Texaco Service station, Tralee, Co. Kerry – Mary O’Shea

Silver: McDermott’s Gala Patrickswell, Limerick – John McDermott

Winner: Casey’s Londis/ Circle K, Castlebar, Mayo – Gerry Casey, Aiden Casey and Katy Casey

 

FORECOURT RETAILER OF THE YEAR (LARGE)

Sponsored by Seachange

Bronze: Casey’s Londis, Athlone Road, Roscommon – Jim Casey, Jim McCausland and Alan McCorr with Orla Mattingley, operations manager, Seachange

Silver: M3 Maxol, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 – Kalman Mezei and Liam Boyd with Orla Mattingley, operations manager, Seachange

Winner: Tobin’s Spar/Circle K, Letterkenny, Donegal – Annette Tobin, Rose Marie McDonnell and Marian McGonigle with Orla Mattingley, operations manager, Seachange

 

 

BEST CONVENIENCE STORE (under 1,500 sq ft)

Sponsored by Cuisine de France, The National Lottery and The Daily Mail,

Winner: Spar Parkwest, Parkwest Business Park, Dublin 12 – David and Shirley Bagenall with Mark Hargadon, sales director, Aryzta

Silver: XL Sallynoggin, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin – Faizul Chishty and Linda Steele with Mark Hargadon, Aryzta Food Solutions

Bronze: McCleary’s Londis, Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan – Brendan McCleary,  Eileen Conley and Peter Toland with Mark Hargadon, Aryzta Food Solutions

 

 

BEST CONVENIENCE STORE (1,500-2,500 sq ft)

Sponsored by Cuisine de France, The National Lottery and The Daily Mail

Bronze: Kearns Centra, Caltragh, Co. Sligo – Niall Kearns, Donna Willis and Dean Cairns with David Vaz, circulation manager, DMG Media

Silver: Cuddihy’s Centra, Ashford, Co. Wicklow – Ian Cuddihy, Liz Cuddihy, Ruthanne Kelso, Penny Brady with David Vaz, circulation manager, DMG Media

Winner: Tigh Dhurcáin (Durkin’s) Costcutter, An Tulach, Baile na hAbhann, Co. Galway – Ciaran Durkin with David Vaz, circulation manager, DMG Media and Jim Barry, the Barry Group

 

 

 

BEST CONVENIENCE STORE (2,500-4,000 sq ft)

Sponsored by Cuisine de France, The National Lottery and The Daily Mail

Bronze: Londis Castleknock, Dublin 15 – Jonathan Gillan with Dermot Griffin, CEO, Premier Lotteries Ireland

Silver: SPAR Millennium Walkway, Upper Abbey St, Dublin – Miko Kojaanovic and Linda Alionyte with Dermot Griffin, CEO, Premier Lotteries Ireland

Winner: Spar Little Island, Eastgate Business Park, Co. Cork with Dermot Griffin, CEO, Premier Lotteries Ireland

 

 

 

BEST CONVENIENCE STORE (4,000+ sq ft)

Sponsored by Cuisine de France, The National Lottery and The Daily Mail

Bronze:  Doherty’s Costcutter, Ballybofey, Co Donegal – Susan Doherty, George Doherty with Gillian Hamill, editor, ShelfLife magazine

Silver: Donovan’s Centra, Greenfield SC, Maynooth, Co. Kildare – Mary Donovan and William Donovan with Gillian Hamill, editor, ShelfLife magazine

Winner: Cosgrove’s Centra, Maugheraboy, Co. Sligo – Steven McGuiness,  Des Cosgrove, Martha Cosgrove and Dean Gaffney with Gillian Hamill, editor, ShelfLife magazine

 

 

 

SUPREME AWARD: NATIONAL CONVENIENCE STORE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Cuisine de France, The National Lottery and The Daily Mail

Spar Parkwest, Parkwest Business Park, Dublin 12 – David and Shirley Bagenall with Mark Hargadon, Sales Director, Aryzta, David Vaz, Circulation Manager, DMG Media, Dermot Griffin, CEO Premier Lotteries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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