The award for 3,000 to 6,000sq ft store was secured by SPAR Eat 17, Walthamstow, London, in one of the closest-ever three-way contests in the history of the awards. “This is a fantastic store driven by a passionate and innovative team”, said one judge.
In the over 6,000sq ft category, JC Stewart, Magherafelt, Country Londonderry, took the trophy home. The judges described JC Stewart as a “stand-out store” offering fabulous quality and an amazing own-brand range.
Mulkerns EUROSPAR, Newry, County Down, picked up Independent Food-To-Go Retailer of the Year and Independent Community Retailer of the Year, the store also picked up the Most Sustainable Retailer Initiative of the Year – Independent award. The Retail Industry Awards judges loved Mulkerns’ Zero Waste Wednesdays and its “huge range of sustainability initiatives”.
The Forecourt Retailer of the Year – Independent award went to Parkfoot SPAR, West Malling, Kent.
In addition, Mulkerns EUROSPAR was selected as Food-to-go Retailer of the Year and JC Stewart, Magherafelt, Country Londonderry scooped Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year.
There were individual awards for SPAR Kexborough’s Clare Hale (Store Manager of the Year), and Mulkerns SPAR Jonesborough’s Enya McAteer (Newcomer of the Year).
About SPAR UK
The UK became a member of SPAR in 1956 when SPAR International granted the SPAR licence to a group of independent wholesalers. There are five regional partners in the UK. A central office in London provides national marketing and buying services for the group.
SPAR has led the highly competitive convenience market in the UK for many years. Always innovative, the five regional partners have continued to grow the brand. SPAR UK comprises independently-owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores. These include forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres, and local neighbourhood stores.