THREE local stores from the SuperValu, Centra and Mace retail brands have claimed the prestigious title of ‘Store of the Year’ at Musgrave NI’s annual awards event recently at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle.
Carl Frampton’s coach and Centra Ambassador Shane McGuigan, was on hand to congratulate Barbican Newcastle on winning the SuperValu ‘Store of the Year’ award, McGoveran’s Cathedral Quarter on winning the Centra ‘Store of the Year’ award and Collingwood’s Aghalee on winning the Mace ‘Store of the Year’ award.
The evening, hosted by TV personality Claire McCollum also saw Boyd’s Centra Junction One pick up the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ award, sponsored by Total Produce.
SuperValu Portstewart was awarded SuperValu Company Owned Store of the Year, sponsored by SCA Hygiene and Centra Portglenone was awarded Centra Company Owned Store of the year, sponsored by Tayto.
SuperValu Limavady won Action Cancer Fundraising Store of the Year for a fourth consecutive year while Duffy’s Mace Killough picked up NI Chest, Heart and Stroke Fundraising Store of the Year.
Musgrave NI organises the Gala Ball event each year for its 230 independent retailers in Northern Ireland across the SuperValu, Centra and Mace brands and finalists were selected following several rounds of performance and standards audits.
Finalists in the Mace and Centra retail brands went head to head on the night competing to win Gold in each of their categories, while SuperValu competed for Highly Commended before the coveted ‘Store of the Year’ titles, sponsored by Kerry Foods, Coca Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland and Irwin’s Bakery.
Musgrave NI Managing Director, Michael McCormack, said: “Congratulations to all of our 2017 winners – the Store of the Year awards allows us to recognise our retailers who provide outstanding standards in customer service and retail excellence and are driving their brands forward on a daily basis.
“The recipients of these prestigious accolades are excelling in the independent retailing market and have embraced the future of retailing across our three brands, SuperValu, Centra and Mace’’ he added.