Minister Michael Ring launches 2019 SuperValu TidyTowns

The 2019 SuperValu TidyTowns competition is now welcoming entries following the launch of the competition in the grounds of Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath this morning (28th March). Now entering its seventh decade, the competition, which is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development and sponsored by SuperValu, continues to act as a catalyst for voluntary activity and community participation across the country.

Speaking at the launch of the 2019 competition this morning, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, T.D., said: “The dedication and commitment shown by generations of volunteers and community groups throughout the TidyTowns competition’s 60 year history is extraordinary. The efforts of these TidyTowns committees have made Ireland’s towns and villages not only attractive and welcoming for visitors, but have created a ‘sense of place’ for those who live and work and raise families there.”

Minister Ring continued: “With 60 years behind us and looking forward to the next 60 years, we see the competition going from strength to strength. Last year, as we celebrated the 60th anniversary of TidyTowns, a record 883 communities entered the competition.”

“I am extremely proud of the role my Department plays in this competition and I would also like to say a particular thanks to SuperValu for their continuing efforts to maintain its success. Now in their 28th year as the main sponsors, SuperValu have helped to grow the competition to where it is today by getting involved locally through their nationwide network of retailers.”

Also speaking at the launch today, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, said: “SuperValu is delighted to partner with the TidyTowns competition for the 28th year. People take massive pride in their community and are coming together more than ever before to make their town or village even more picturesque.

“As our retailers live and work in their local community, they step up to play their part and are involved in TidyTowns committees right across the country. It’s particularly encouraging to see more initiatives aimed at making their communities more sustainable places to live, such as the project in Westport which aims to eradicate plastic straws in the town.

Last year the competition saw record numbers of committees participating and I am confident that the SuperValu TidyTowns competition will reach a new high point this year. I am calling on volunteers across the country to get involved and make 2019 an unforgettable year.”

In addition to the main competition, there is an increased number of Special Awards for 2019. Welcoming these awards, Minister Ring said: “I would like to thank all the sponsors of the Special Awards for their support over the years and to welcome some new sponsors on board. The number of Special Awards, such as the Pollinator Award and the Community Climate Action and Air Quality Award, shows the ever increasing appeal the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has. These awards add to the competition and I would like to encourage participants in the main competition to consider entering some of the other award categories as well. Full details of the Special Awards are available on the TidyTowns website, www.tidytowns.ie.”

The closing date for receipt of entries for this year’s competition is Friday 17th May 2019. Entry forms to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition can be obtained from the TidyTowns Unit in the Department of Rural and Community Development (Phone: 076 100 6912) or by visiting  www.tidytowns.ie or www.supervalu.ie

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Musgrave crown ‘Store of the Year’ winners at glittering awards ceremony

Three local SuperValu, Centra and MACE stores have clinched the coveted title of ‘Store of the Year’ at Musgrave’s annual awards event on Friday night (22nd March).

McCool’s SuperValu in Ballymoney claimed the title of SuperValu Store of the Year for a second year. The store, known as the ‘heart of the community’, was recognised for championing local suppliers and causes and consistently keeping local at the forefront.

Boyd’s Centra, Junction One picked up this year’s Centra Store of the Year award. Consistently high standards and a strong sales growth, driven by a strong team, have all contributed to the store’s recent success. It was a family affair for the owners, who pride themselves on high store standards across all of their sites, as the team also picked up MACE Store of the Year for Boyd’s MACE, Toomebridge. The store underwent a substantial development last year, transitioning into a Store of the Future, recently recording its highest week of sales since opening.

Winner: Boyd’s Centra, Junction One

Lilley’s Centra, Dublin Road in Enniskillen was announced as this year’s Newcomer of the Year, sponsored by Cushelle. The awards also saw SuperValu Limavady clinching the crown for Fundraising Store of the Year for Action Cancer for a fourth year and McDonald’s MACE, Lurgan winning Fundraiser of the Year for NI Chest Heart and Stroke, both Musgrave’s charity partners.

For the first time, winners of the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) Q Mark Awards were also revealed at this year’s Store of the Year Awards, with two stores being recognised this year: Long’s SuperValu Woodburn and Bradley’s Centra, Maghera.

This year’s awards were hosted by TV presenter Eamonn Holmes, taking place at Culloden Estate and Spa.

Winner: Boyd’s MACE, Toomebridge

The annual awards showcase and recognise all of Musgrave’s 240 independent retailers in Northern Ireland across the SuperValu, Centra and MACE brands. Finalists are selected following several rigorous rounds of performance and standards audits, with the highest accolade being ‘Store of the Year’.

A shortlist of 31 finalists competed in 13 categories, sponsored by Irwin’s, Britvic, Coca-Cola, Denny and Cushelle.

Categories included Fundraising Stores of the Year across all three brands, as well as MACE Store of the Year under and over 18,000 sqft, whilst Centra stores battled it out for Foodmarket and High Convenience retailer awards. SuperValu and Centra finalists competed in the Company Owned categories before the coveted ‘Store of the Year’ titles were awarded.

Speaking at the event, Musgrave Northern Ireland Managing Director, Michael McCormack, said:

“Congratulations to all of our finalists and winners at this year’s Store of the Year Awards. We are proud to be able to recognise those retailers who are breaking new ground and who are redefining convenience.

“Our stores and our retailers are at the very heart of their communities, right across Northern Ireland. They deliver a unique customer offering, setting themselves apart from their competitors with a pioneering approach to retail and their commitment to delivering best-in-class customer service.

 “The Musgrave Store of the Year Awards are a part of a continuous drive to maintain the highest possible retail standards across the company, with the judging process getting more and more rigorous each year.

 “A huge thank you to each and every one of our retailers who work tirelessly to set themselves apart from competitors through hard work, passion and commitment to excellence.”

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SuperValu announces free online delivery for World Autism Awareness Month

SuperValu, in partnership with AsIAm, reaffirms its support of the Autism Community with the roll-out of more activities for 2019

SuperValu, has announced it will be offering free online delivery for the autism community in stores across the month of April in support of World Autism Awareness Month. The initiative comes alongside its existing in-store activities, as SuperValu firmly cements its position as number one supporter of the Autism Community.

Building on the success of its autism-friendly shopping evenings, SuperValu, in partnership with AsIAm, continues its work in raising acceptance and education, building inclusive communities and breaking down those barriers that affect over 50,000 families in Ireland who have a family member who is on the autism spectrum.

SuperValu is already leading the change with a range of initiatives;

  • Clonakilty in County Cork being designated Irelands First Autism Friendly Town in 2018
  • Weekly Autism Friendly Shopping evenings in stores across the country.
  • Sponsorship of nationwide Community Seminars, run in partnership with AsIAm, to provide information and guidance for autistic people and their families

And it’s delighted to be stepping up activity in 2019 by:

  • Offering free Online delivery for the autism community during the month of April
  • Partnering with AsIAm and their Occupational Therapist to identify and highlight products in store and online which are autism friendly.
  • Providing education and information to the wider public throughout April to help increase understanding and acceptance of autism

Speaking on the announcement, SuperValu Marketing Director, Ray Kelly said, “Looking back at the last couple of years, we’re incredibly proud of what our stores, their staff and their customers have achieved with autism friendly shopping evenings and ultimately maximising our unique position to build and enhance inclusive communities. Scally’s SuperValu in Clonakilty has been an integral part of delivering the first Autism Friendly town in Ireland and we’re looking forward to introducing additional initiatives that will bring positivity to the lives of families living with autism. Our free online delivery initiative in 101 stores nationwide, is unique in that it offers convenience when sometimes getting out of the house and into a store can be difficult for many.”

Speaking about the new initiative Adam Harris, Founder of AsIAm said, “Working in partnership with SuperValu on their autism awareness initiatives has really helped to increase acceptance and help people to understand how they can make themselves and their communities more inclusive. Supermarkets, in particular, can act as a trigger for autistic people so for SuperValu to cement their support with their free delivery initiative is a great way of easing the stress of shopping when it’s not the most suitable time. Through SuperValu’s initiatives and activations both in store and online, we hope to see a further step change in building inclusive communities.” 

To avail of free online delivery for the month of April, members of the autism community can log on to SuperValu.ie for further information

To find out more about the SuperValu’s Autism friendly initiatives, visit www.supervalu.ie/real-people/autism-friendly and check out Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

**Free Online Delivery is valid for all transactions over €30 from 18th March until 30th April**

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Two stores honoured with awards at the SuperValu National Conference 2019

Smith’s SuperValu in Navan, Co Meath has been named best large store and Garvey’s SuperValu Corbally won best small store at the SuperValu National Conference 2019.

Both stores beat stiff competition from other finalists to receive their awards at the conference, held in the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.

The teams were presented with their award by Martin Kelleher, SuperValu Managing Director, Ian Allen, SuperValu Sales Director and JF Michel, Account Director of Three Business, the competition’s sponsors.

The two winning stores beat competing outlets throughout the Republic of Ireland, which were audited and adjudicated by independent competition judge and retail consultant, Matthew Brown. The store audits focused on product range and quality, customer service, store presentation and innovation, fresh food offering and store hygiene standards.

Receiving their award, Denis Smith paid tribute to his team in Navan and acknowledged that their enthusiasm and dedication was instrumental in the store scooping the award. “I’d like to thank all of the hard-working, dedicated staff for this great victory. We’re lucky to have great employees working for us who strive to deliver the best customer experience, day in day out.”

Pictured receiving the award for Best Small SuperValu Store Award 2019 for Garvey’s SuperValu Corbally are Jim Garvey, Kevin McCarthy, Gerard Walsh & Joe Moynihan, Garvey’s SuperValu Corbally, together with Martin Kelleher, SuperValu Managing Director (first left), Ian Allen, SuperValu Sales Director (second left) and JF Michel, Account Director of Three Business (second right).

Meanwhile, Gerard Walsh, store manager of Garvey’s Corbally, paid tribute to his team. “We are all focused on providing the best service, product offering and value for our customers. I am honoured to accept this award on behalf of the team – it recognises all the hard work that they put in.”

Speaking at the awards, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu congratulated both stores: “All SuperValu stores work hard to succeed in a very competitive market and it is the passion of the independent entrepreneurial retailers and their enthusiastic teams that is fundamental to their success.”

SuperValu serves more than 2.6 million customers every week and has 219 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs over 14,500, making it one of the state’s largest private sector employers. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible which helps to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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Smith’s Navan wins Best Large SuperValu Store Award for 2019

Smith’s SuperValu in Navan, Co Meath has been named Best Large SuperValu Store for 2019. The retailer beat stiff competition from other finalists to receive the Best Large Store Award at the SuperValu National Conference, which was held in the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.

The team at Smith’s Navan were presented with the award by Martin Kelleher, SuperValu Managing Director, Ian Allen, SuperValu Sales Director and JF Michel, Account Director of Three Business, the competition’s sponsors.

Winning the large store title is recognition of the exceptional standards that Smith’s SuperValu in Navan has attained. The Meath store beat competing outlets throughout the Republic of Ireland, which were audited and adjudicated by independent competition judge and retail consultant, Matthew Brown.

The store audits focused on product range and quality, customer service, store presentation and innovation, fresh food offering and store hygiene standards.

Receiving the award, Denis Smith paid tribute to his team in Navan and acknowledged that their enthusiasm and dedication was instrumental in the store scooping the award. “I’d like to thank all of the hard-working, dedicated staff for this great victory. We’re lucky to have great employees working for us who strive to deliver the best customer experience, day in day out. Our business is all about offering our customers quality fresh foods with great value, coupled with great service.”

Speaking at the awards, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu congratulated Smith’s, commenting, “This year, competition was very close across all categories, but Smith’s stood out and won the Best Large SuperValu Store award for consistently providing its shoppers with a great shopping experience. All SuperValu stores work hard to succeed in a very competitive market and it is the passion of the independent entrepreneurial retailers and their enthusiastic teams that is fundamental to their success.”

SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 219 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs over 14,500, making it one of the state’s largest private sector employers. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible which helps to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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Garvey’s SuperValu Corbally wins Best Small SuperValu Store Award for 2019

Garvey’s SuperValu in Corbally, Limerick has been named Best Small SuperValu Store for 2019. The retailer beat stiff competition from other finalists to receive the award at the SuperValu National Conference, which was held in the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry.

The SuperValu Corbally team from the long-established Garvey Group were presented with their award by Martin Kelleher, SuperValu Managing Director, Ian Allen, SuperValu Sales Director and JF Michel, Account Director of Three Business, the competition’s sponsors.

Winning the store title is recognition of the exceptional standards that SuperValu Garvey’s in Corbally has attained. The store beat competing outlets throughout the Republic of Ireland, which were audited and adjudicated by independent competition judge and retail consultant, Matthew Brown. The store audits focused on product range and quality, customer service, store presentation and innovation, fresh food offering and store hygiene standards.

Receiving the award, Gerard Walsh, store manager of Garvey’s Corbally, paid tribute to his team and acknowledged that their enthusiasm and dedication was instrumental in the store scooping the award. “I’d like to thank all of the hard-working, dedicated staff at Garvey’s Corbally for this great victory. We’re lucky to have great employees working for us who strive to deliver the best customer experience, day in day out at the store. We are all focused on providing the best service, product offering and value for our customers. I am honoured to accept this award on behalf of the team – it recognises all the hard work that they put in.”

Speaking at the awards, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu congratulated SuperValu Corbally, commenting, “The Garvey Group is one of the longest-established retail groups in the country and has built up a much-deserved reputation for developing the highest retail standards across its stores. The fresh produce, bakery, meat and fish range along with its excellent customer service is what makes this store a real winner. All SuperValu stores work hard to succeed in a very competitive market and it is the passion of the independent entrepreneurial retailers and their enthusiastic teams that is fundamental to their success.”

SuperValu serves over 2.6million customers every week and has 219 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs over 14,500, making it one of the state’s largest private sector employers. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible which helps to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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