As we near the end of another economically troubled year it’s more important than ever to recognise the work of so many of our retail partners in not only aiming for the best possible customer service and operations but building a successful and appealing workplace and establishing a strong place in the community.
That’s no easy task, of course, which is why it’s so gratifying that there was such a high standard of entries and real competition for the recent 2012 Daybreak Store of the Year awards. In fact the tough and fully audited standards required of a potential winner of the Overall Store of the Year award in such areas as products and services, environment, communications and people and behaviours were met by 14 candidates, which makes the achievement of Daybreak Blanchardstown even more impressive.
Nick Crawford opened his site in 2011; he now employs nine staff, proving that if you serve the customer well you can make a real mark in retail even at a time when everyone is feeling the pinch.
Of course we make a point of recognising our own successes through events like these that recognise the achievements of our top Daybreak stores, SuperValu stores and others. For example, McCaughey’s Daybreak in Broomfield, Co. Monaghan, winner of the Forecourt/Convenience store of the year (up to 1,100 sq feet category) at the Irish Forecourt and Convenience Retailer (IFCR) awards. That’s the second year running, by the way.
We’re proud of the fact that standards remain so high from both Musgrave and its retail partners in good times and bad. In fact we wouldn’t want it any other way.