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Barbican SuperValu, Newcastle, owned by David Heenan, Kelly’s Centra, Trench Road, Derry, owned by David Kelly and Toland’s Mace Waringstown owned by Leon Toland, claimed the top ‘Store of the Year’ titles at last Friday’s Musgrave Retail Partners NI Gala Ball in the La Mon hotel. These awards were hotly contested, with six stores of each brand named finalists, but these three stores set themselves apart to claim the awards.

Downey’s SuperValu Newry, owned by Michael and David Downey was highly commended in the SuperValu Store of the Year award category, while McGoveran’s Centra Malone and Davis and Johnston’s Mace Belmont Road claimed the honours of Centra High Convenience Store of the Year and Mace Store of the Year (under 1,500 sq ft) respectively Monaghan’s Mace, Ederney was also recognised on the night as overall Newcomer of the Year.

Centra Tandragee and SuperValu Ballymoney were also acknowledged on the night with awards for raising the most money for Musgrave’s charity partner Action Cancer in 2010. Centra Tandragee raised £3,100 through staff and customer events and SuperValu Ballymoney raised £14,000, mainly from its annual Action Cancer Golf Classic.

The night went off with a bang when the crowd were entertained by Strictly Come Dancing stars Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe.

This year’s awards were kindly sponsored by Coleraine Cheese, Lucozade Sport Light Orange and Kingsmill Breads.

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