GMAs 2019: Donnie Christian named Grocery Retail Manager of the Year!

Donnie Christian, Grocery Retail Manager of the Year 2019, celebrates with sponsor Owen Clifford of Bank of Ireland
Donnie Christian, Grocery Retail Manager of the Year 2019, celebrates with sponsor Owen Clifford of Bank of Ireland

More than 400 guests gathered at Dublin's Citywest Hotel last night for the 2019 ShelfLife Grocery Management Awards, at which Donnie Christian of Londis DCU was crowned Retail Manager of the Year AND Large C-Store Manager of the Year.

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22 May 2019 | 0

Donnie Christian, manager of Londis, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 has been crowned National Grocery Retail Manager of the Year 2019 at a lavish ceremony held in Dublin’s Citywest Hotel.

The ShelfLife National Grocery Management Awards 2019, held in association with Excel Recruitment and Bank of Ireland and hosted by 2FM’s Shay Byrne, attracted a record number of entries and attendees with over 400 guests from the grocery retailing industry.  In total, 23 awards were presented, honouring excellence in the many departments that make up local convenience stores and supermarkets, culminating in the grand prize of ShelfLife National Grocery Retail Manager of the Year.

This year’s judges said of winner Donnie Christian: “Our Supreme National Grocery Retail Manager of the Year has created a template for best-in-class retailing that focuses on accommodating diverse customer needs, enhancing the customer experience, minimising the environmental footprint, and supporting more sustainable and ethical food production officially launching Ireland’s most technologically advanced and sustainable grocery store, in the heart of the Dublin City University (DCU) campus.”

All of our deserving winners on the night are below. To download hi-res images, please click here.

 

SUPREME CHAMPION: GROCERY MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Grocery Manager of the Year 2019 Donnie Christian of Londis DCU, with sponsor Owen Clifford, Head of Retail Sector, Bank of Ireland (pic 1), and upon receiving the award, from Barry Whelan, CEO of Excel Recruitment

 

SUPERSTORE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Food Surplus Management

Superstore Manager of the Year Andrew Collie of Tesco Ardkeen, Co. Waterford, with sponsor Niall J. Lord, MD of Food Surplus Management

 

LARGE SUPERMARKET MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Valeo Foods

Large Supermarket Manager of the Year Tom Worrall of Dunnes Stores St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin, with sponsor Ciara Moore, Head of Customer Activation, Valeo Foods

 

PROVINCIAL SUPERMARKET MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Provincial Supermarket Manager of the Year Luke Flood of Herlihy’s Centra, Bishopstown, Co. Cork, with sponsor Owen Clifford, Head of Retail Sector, Bank of Ireland

HR MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Excel Recruitment

HR Manager of the Year, Jessica Maher of SuperValu Lucan in Dublin, with sponsor Barry Whelan, CEO of Excel Recruitment

 

CASH & CARRY MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Cash & Carry Manager of the Year Martin Loughran of Value Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, with sponsor Owen Clifford, Head of Retail Sector, Bank of Ireland

 

IN-STORE BAKERY MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Excel Recruitment

In-Store Bakery Manager of the Year Christina Keating of King’s Gala Kilteale, Co. Meath, with Nikki Murran, Director of Grocery Retail Recruitment, Excel Recruitment

 

FRUIT & VEG MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by ShelfLife Magazine

Fruit & Veg Manager of the Year Dusan Zapletal of SuperValu Blackrock, with sponsor Gillian Hamill, editor of ShelfLife magazine

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Excel Recruitment

Customer Service Manager of the Year Rachel Stritch of SuperValu Sundrive in Dublin, with sponsor Sean Thomas, Senior Retail Recruitment Consultant, Excel Recruitment

 

C-STORE DELI/FOOD-TO-GO MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Allied Point of Sale

The award for C-Store Deli/Food-to-Go Manager of the Year was won by Helen Taylor of Daybreak Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, and accepted by store owner Kevin Forde, right, with sponsor John Byrne, Director of Allied Point of Sale

 

SUPERMARKET DELICATESSEN/FOOD-TO-GO MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Allied Point of Sale

Supermarket Deli/Food-to-Go Manager of the Year Claire Lynam of SuperValu Castletroy, Limerick, with sponsor John Byrne, Director of Allied Point of Sale

 

C-STORE OFF-LICENCE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Gilbeys

C-Store Off-Licence Manager of the Year Paul Coleman of Londis KCR, Terenure, Dublin, with sponsor Linda Cowan, National Sales Manager, Gilbeys

 

SUPERMARKET OFF-LICENCE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Gilbeys

Supermarket Off-Licence Manager of the Year, Mary Murphy of SuperValu Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, with sponsor Linda Cowan, National Sales Manager, Gilbeys

 

PROTEIN/PROVISIONS MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by EIQA

Protein/Provisions Manager of the Year Dominic Kelleher with sponsor Soraid McEntee, Operations Manager, EIQA

 

 

BRAND SALES TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Advantage Group

The team from Tayto Snacks, winner of Brand Sales Team of the Year, led by National Sales Manager Gerry Lloyd, with sponsor Mike Doole, Commercial Director, Advantage Group

 

FIELD MARKETING TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Field Marketing Team of the Year, FMI’s Justine Costello and Conor O’Raghallaigh, with sponsor Owen Clifford, Head of Retail Sector, Bank of Ireland

 

TRADING TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Shoppers Intelligence

The team from Dunnes Stores’ Trading Team of the Year: Padraig Devaney, Darren Dunphy, Tom Worrall and Ronan Doyle, with sponsor Colm Rooney, Country Manager, Shoppers Intelligence

 

BRAND MARKETING TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by BWG

Heineken Ireland’s Brand Marketing Team of the Year, accepted by Heather McAree, with sponsor Peter Donohoe, Group HR Director, BWG

 

SMALL C-STORE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by The Sunday Business Post

Small C-Store Manager of the Year Imran Isfaq of Griffin’s Londis, Lower O’Connell Street, Dublin, accepted by store owner Seamus Griffin, with sponsor Lorcan Hanlon, the Sunday Business Post

 

MEDIUM C-STORE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Valeo Foods

Colm Beattie, Medium C-Store Manager of the Year, from Mace Sandymount, with sponsor Claire Allen, Valeo Foods

 

LARGE C-STORE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Reach Retail Services

Large C-Store Manager of the Year Donnie Christian of Londis DCU, with sponsor Laura Connolly, National Account Manager, Reach Retail Services

 

SMALL FORECOURT MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Seattle’s Best

Small Forecourt Manager of the Year Kevin O’Donnell of Gala Glenties, Donegal, with sponsor Mark Hargadon, Sales Director, Seattle’s Best

 

LARGE FORECOURT MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Seattle’s Best

Large Forecourt Manager of the Year, Brian Joyce of Spar Galway Plaza, with sponsor Eric Nolan, Head of Retail Sales, Seattle’s Best, and (right) Barry Doyle, BWG

 

RETAIL TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Bank of Ireland

The team from Broderick’s Spar, Croom, Co. Limerick, winners of Retail Team of the Year, with sponsor Owen Clifford, Head of Retail Sector, Bank of Ireland and Barry Doyle of BWG

 

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