Three local SuperValu, Centra and Mace stores clinched the coveted title of ‘Store of the Year’ at Musgrave Northern Ireland’s annual awards event on Friday 23rd March at the Culloden Estate & Spa.
SuperValu Store of the Year winner, McCool’s SuperValu in Ballymoney, Centra Store of the Year winner, Lusty’s Centra in Larne and Mace Store of the Year winner, McCaughan’s Mace in Armoy were greeted on stage by MD of Musgrave Northern Ireland, Michael McCormack and Sales Director for SuperValu and Centra, Nigel Maxwell.
The evening, hosted by TV presenter Claire McCollum, also saw Mace Sion Mills announced as Newcomer of the Year, which was sponsored by Kerry Foods.
SuperValu Limavady was crowned winner of Fundraiser of the Year for Action Cancer and Campbell’s Mace, Ahoghill won Fundraiser of the Year for NI Chest Heart and Stroke, both Musgrave’s charity partners.
Musgrave Northern Ireland organises the awards ceremony each year to showcase and recognise its 240 independent retailers in Northern Ireland across the SuperValu, Centra and Mace brands and finalists are selected using a rigorous selection process involving several rounds of performance and standards audits.
28 finalists were recognised as retailers competed in 13 categories, sponsored by Britvic, Coca-Cola, Hovis and Kerry Foods, with the highest accolade to be awarded being ‘Store of the Year’.
Finalists from Mace competed for gold in the Store Over and Store Under 1,800 sqft categories and Centra finalists battled to be crowned winners of the High Convenience retailer, Food Market Retailer and Company Owned titles. SuperValu finalists competed in the Highly Commended and Company Owned categories before the coveted ‘Store of the Year’ titles were awarded.
Speaking at the event, MD of Musgrave Northern Ireland, Michael McCormack, said:
“Huge congratulations to all of our winners at this year’s Store of the Year Awards. It was a tough competition with many wonderful contenders and the judging process this year was as rigorous as ever.
“The Musgrave Store of the Year Awards are a part of a continuous drive to maintain the highest possible retail standards across the company; and it is a great opportunity to recognise, reward and celebrate all of our retailers, the true pioneers of our profession, who go above and beyond on a daily basis.
“I would like to take this opportunity to not only congratulate the winners but to thank each and every one of our retailers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards that Musgrave as a company strive to uphold.”