Daybreak Dungarvan was named ‘Best Overall Store of the Year’ and also took home the ‘Charity Merit Award’ at the annual Daybreak Store of the Year Awards, which took place Thursday the 4th of April. Hosted in the Knightsbrook hotel, Co. Meath, the awards recognise retail excellence across Daybreak stores nationwide.
As well as scooping the top accolade, Overall Store of the Year on the night, the store also took home the Charity Merit Award for its outstanding achievement in raising over €9,000 for the Irish Heart Foundation, Daybreak’s charity partner in 2018. Daybreak Dungarvan, located on Youghal Rd, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, is owned by Kevin Forde and employs 28 people.
Daybreak is Ireland’s fastest growing convenience group with over 220 stores nationwide. All stores are independently owned by local retailers ensuring that each store can respond to the everyday needs of their local community.
Fifteen retailers were shortlisted for the overall Daybreak Store of the Year Award, which focuses on four key areas – products & services, store environment, communications, and people. During the competition stores were assessed against rigorous criteria, including a series of mystery shopper surveys and audits on store standards.
The Dungarvan-based store was also recently awarded the highly prestigious Q Mark Emerald Standard. The National Q Mark awards are widely recognised in Ireland’s food service industry as the Oscars of Business Excellence. The Q Mark is the highest standard of food safety available in Ireland and verifies Daybreak Dungarvan’s efficiency, performance and commitment to food safety.
As well as the coveted overall Store of the Year accolade, other awards on the night focused on key in-store categories and store layouts. The winners were:
- Best Forecourt Store of The Year & Health Champion Award: Daybreak Southlink
- Best Neighbourhood Store of The Year: Daybreak Rolestown
- Best High Convenience Store of The Year: Daybreak The Gandon Inn
- Best Wine Award & Best Off-Licence Award: Daybreak Raven Terrace
- Best Impulse Award: Daybreak Castlerea
- Best Food to Go & Hot Beverage Award: Daybreak Cloonboo
- Best Product Availability Award: Daybreak Drumgoold
- Best Customer Service Award: Daybreak Tractamotors
Speaking at the Daybreak Store of the Year awards ceremony, Thomas Morrison, Head of Retail Sales, Musgrave Wholesale Partners, said:
“Huge Congratulations to Kevin Forde and his hardworking team at Daybreak Dungarvan on winning ‘Best Overall Store of the Year Award’ and the ‘Charity Merit Award’ at the Daybreak Store of the Year Awards. The Store of the year awards celebrate excellence in convenience retailing and highlight the great consumer experience provided across the Daybreak network. It was a tough competition this year with many worthy contenders and this win is a testament to the team’s huge effort and commitment to providing to providing a great service to their local community.”