Spar Kenmare, Co. Kerry named ShelfLife National C-Store of the Year 2022

Mark Hargadon, commercial director, Aryzta Ireland and Jim O’Connor, national field sales manager, National Lottery, present the Supreme Champion Award – National Convenience Store 2022, to Colin Donnelly, Spar sales director on behalf of Spar, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Exceptional standards of Ireland’s convenience store sector celebrated at national industry event

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Spar Kenmare, Co. Kerry has been named Supreme Champion – National Convenience Store of the Year 2022, beating off stiff competition to scoop the ultimate accolade at the ShelfLife National C-Store Awards 2022.

Ireland’s top retailers and brands gathered at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire last night to attend the prestigious ceremony. Now in their 22nd year, the C-Store Awards are the only comprehensive and independently judged business accolades for the convenience store sector.

Together with returning master of ceremonies Marty Whelan, ShelfLife welcomed more than 400 guests from across the retail industry. A total of 26 category awards were presented, celebrating the industry’s finest stores and people in a diverse range of categories.

Platinum sponsors, Mark Hargadon, commercial director, Aryzta Ireland (Cuisine de France) and Jim O’Connor, national field sales manager, National Lottery, presented Spar Kenmare with the Supreme Champion Award.

The judges said of the national winner: “Spar Kenmare offers the finest range on hot and cold deli, well stocked and well merchandised grocery range. The hot bread fresh sandwiches and fresh cakes are excellent to have with the Insomnia coffee range or just sit and enjoy a fresh ice cream from the Smooch range. A modern and bright store with pricing controlled by electronic POS, this forecourt was found to be spotless on all our visits and deserving of the highest accolade.”

Discussing the dedication required to win a C-Store Award, ShelfLife publisher John McDonald said: “Once again, our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entrants across the country. All the winners should be extremely proud of themselves, their teams and the levels of service offered. It is this professionalism which has led to Ireland’s convenience store being viewed on an international stage as the standard to which others aspire.”

Following the tragic events that occurred in the village of Creeslough, Co. Donegal, on Friday, 7 October 2022, a minute’s silence was also held on the night as a mark of respect to all those affected. Throughout this immensely challenging and painful time, the strength and teamwork of this close-knit community has been truly inspiring, and the judges therefore felt it fitting to award the Champion of the Year Award 2022 to Nearby/Applegreen, Creeslough.

Working closely alongside the local community and the Diocese, the Lafferty family and the team at S&W Wholesale opened a store on Friday, 11 November next to St. Michael’s Church to bring back much-needed services and essentials into Creeslough, with local jobs being supported. “We stand in awe of the efforts and dedication of everyone involved; an example to us all, and we are honoured to present Nearby/Applegreen, Creeslough with the Champion of the Year Award,” the judges said.

The full list of awards and winners:

Supreme Champion – National Convenience Store of the Year 2021

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery   

SPAR Kenmare, Co. Kerry

 

C-Store Champion of the Year 2022

Sponsored by Hale

Nearby / Applegreen, Creeslough, Co. Donegal

 

Food to Go Retailer of the Year     

Sponsored by Cuisine de France

Junction 14 Mayfield, SPAR Junction 14, Co. Kildare

 

Protein Section Display of the Year           

Sponsored by Fulfil

Londis DCU, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

 

Phone Accessory Display of the Year        

Sponsored by Smart Bits

SPAR, Kenmare, Co Kerry

 

C-Store Off-Licence Retailer of the Year  

Sponsored by Stocktaking.ie

Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

 

Fresh & Chilled Retailer of the Year         

Sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland

Londis DCU, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

 

Staff Development Award   

Sponsored by Payzone

Daybreak, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

 

Community Initiative of the Year  

Sponsored by Kellogg’s

Maxol, Dublin Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth

 

The National Lottery Retailer of the Year

Sponsored by National Lottery

Harvey’s SPAR, Racecourse Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

 

Best Impulse Offering         

Sponsored by Excel Recruitment

SPAR Little Island, Co. Cork

 

Cuisine de France Bakery of the Year       

Sponsored by Cuisine de France

Costcutter, Grenagh, Co Cork

 

Retail Technology Supplier of the Year    

Sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Retail Solutions

 

New C-Store Product of the Year  

Sponsored by SPAR

Elf Bar

 

Marketing Campaign of the Year  

Sponsored by MACE

Cadbury Mystery Bar

 

Product of the Year 

Sponsored by XL

Coca-Cola

 

Wine of the Year      

Sponsored by Barry Group/Costcutter/Carry Out

Santa Rita

 

Food & Drink Start-up of the Year

Sponsored by Centra

The Jam People

 

Supplier of the Year

Sponsored by Gala

Aryzta Food Solutions

 

Sustainability/Environment Brand of the Year    

Sponsored by Nearby

Bewley’s Ltd

 

Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Small)      

Sponsored by PCS

Corrib Oil, H2 SPAR, Kenmare, Co Kerry

 

Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Large)     

Sponsored by PCS

Kelly’s Centra / Circle K, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

 

Convenience Store of the Year (Mini)        

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

MACE, Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

 

Convenience Store of the Year (Small)      

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

Londis Castleknock, Phoenix Park Way, Castleknock, Dublin 15

 

Convenience Store of the Year (Medium)

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

SPAR Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

 

Convenience Store of the Year (Large)                 

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

Marley Centra, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

 

 

 

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