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Pictured receiving the award for Best Large SuperValu Store of the Year 2019 on behalf of Smith’s SuperValu Navan are Denis Smith (second right), Fiona McQuail, Maurice Coffey, Dane Smith and Youssef Liyounssi together with Martin Kelleher, SuperValu Managing Director (first left), Ian Allen, SuperValu Sales Director (second left) and JF Michel, Account Director of Three Business (first right).

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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