Topaz Ballacolla crowned NACS Convenience Retailer of the Year

Henry Armour, president and CEO of NACS, MJ Tierney (Topaz PR and marketing co-ordinator), Paul Candon (Topaz Group corporate services director), Niall Hurley (Topaz international development manager), Ramon Juijpers, Imperial Tobacco (award sponsor) Sean Moriarty (Topaz company operated stores director, Topaz) Alan Sheedy (Topaz category manager) and Dan Munford (Insight managing director)

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12 June 2015

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A new service station at Ballacolla in Co. Laois, which was only opened by Topaz four months ago, has won a leading international retailer award.

The Topaz Manor Stone Ballacolla service station, which is situated at Junction 3 on the M8, was awarded the NACS Insight 2015 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award at a gala ceremony in London last night (11 June).

NACS is the association for convenience and fuel retailers and represents retailers and suppliers worldwide. This year’s result is the second time Topaz has won the award. The group’s site at Cashel which is also on the M8, won the award in 2011.

Voted on by suppliers and industry peers,  nine finalists from  a range of countries including the UK, Norway, Switzerland and Argentina, were in the running this year.

In addition to its striking stone cut appearance, the Ballacolla service station also features Re.Store, Topaz’s  new retail food and coffee offering. Topaz has invested €5.5m in the site which employs 65 people in total and services 50,000 motorists who use the M8 daily. The site also includes a Supermacs outlet and a Papa John’s pizza restaurant.

Sean Moriarty, company operated stores director at Topaz said the result “was fantastic for a new service station like Ballacolla” and represented “a huge vote of confidence for the company as a whole and our exciting new Re.Store concept”.





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