Spar / Texaco, Junction 14, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare named Convenience Store of the Year at ShelfLife C-Store Awards 2021

Spar / Texaco, Junction 14, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare named Convenience Store of the Year at ShelfLife C-Store Awards 2021

Exceptional standards of Ireland’s convenience store sector celebrated at national industry event

Friday, 11 March 2022: Spar / Texaco, Junction 14 in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare has been named National Convenience Store of the Year 2021, beating off stiff competition to scoop the ultimate accolade at the ShelfLife National C-Store Awards 2021.

Following another challenging year for Ireland’s convenience retail sector on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic, ShelfLife was once again delighted to celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s exceptional convenience stores in true style with our return to an in-person event last night.

The country’s top retailers and brands gathered at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire to attend the prestigious ceremony. Held in association with Cuisine de France and The National Lottery, the ShelfLife C-Store Awards – now in their 20th year – are the only comprehensive and independently judged business accolades for the convenience store sector.

Together with returning master of ceremonies Marty Whelan, ShelfLife welcomed 330 guests from across the industry. Awards were presented across 24 categories in total, celebrating the industry’s finest stores, people and brands in a diverse range of areas.

The judges said of this year’s Supreme National Winner, Spar / Texaco, Junction 14 in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare: “The overall Supreme Champion Award winner consistently delivers excellent customer service, with first-class foodservice and friendly, helpful staff. With a wide array of fresh food options available, customers are spoilt for choice and our Supreme Winner’s reputation for high standards across the board has resulted in this store becoming a real destination spot.

“High-spec, well-proportioned facilities are spotlessly clean. Coupled with an easy-to-navigate layout and high-speed WiFi, this has created a store to which customers are keen to return.

“The quality throughout this winning store is clear, even down to the smallest detail. A store truly designed with the customer’s comfort and convenience top of mind.”

Commenting on the awards ceremony, ShelfLife publisher John McDonald said: “We were absolutely delighted to celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s leading convenience retailers in-person once again, after two years of almost no physical events.

“Retailers have faced huge challenges during the pandemic – not least of which, difficulties with staff rostering due to isolation restrictions. However, Ireland’s convenience retail teams have responded to all the myriad challenges in a rapid and professional manner, with the safety of colleagues and customers kept front-of-mind at all times.

“Not only that, but Ireland’s convenience stores have in fact strengthened ties with their local communities even further, with many going the extra mile to assist and support their vulnerable customers. This is a real testament to the professionalism and dedication of our leading c-stores, truly at the beating heart of their communities.”

ShelfLife editor Gillian Hamill added: “Despite the unique cocktail of challenges facing retailers throughout 2021, from staff shortages to inflationary pressures; high standards have never faltered. Once again, our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entrants across the country. All the winners should be extremely proud of themselves, their teams and the levels of service offered.

“The ShelfLife team would also like to express our sincere gratitude to all our award sponsors for their support which has made the ceremony possible and is greatly appreciated by us all.”

The full list of awards and winners were as follows:

Food to Go Retailer of the Year (Bronze)
Spar, Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath
Sponsored by Cuisine de France
Supplier of the Year
Aryzta
Sponsored by Gala
Food to Go Retailer of the Year (Silver)
Spar, Little Island, Co. Cork
Sponsored by Cuisine de France
Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Small) Bronze
Costcutter / Swift Fuels, Burgess N25 Service Station, Killeagh, Co. Cork            
Sponsored by PCS
Food to Go Retailer of the Year (Gold)
Spar / Texaco, Junction 14, Mayfield, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare            
Sponsored by Cuisine de France
Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Small) Silver
Daybreak / Circle K, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Sponsored by PCS
Protein Section Display of the Year
Spar, Greenhills, Monegall, Co. Offaly
Sponsored by Fulfil
Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Small) Gold
Costcutter / Applegreen, Lifford, Co. Donegal
Sponsored by PCS
Phone Accessory Display of the Year
Londis, DCU Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Sponsored by SmartBits
Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Large) Bronze
Londis / Circle K, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Sponsored by PCS
C-Store Off-Licence Retailer of the Year
Centra, Maugheraboy, Co. Sligo            
Sponsored by Bibendum Ireland
Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Large) Silver
Gala / Circle K, Patrickswell, Co. Limerick
Sponsored by PCS
Fresh & Chilled Retailer of the Year
Spar, Little Island, Co. Cork
Sponsored by Invest NI
Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Large) Gold
Spar / Texaco, Junction 14, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare
Sponsored by PCS
Staff Development Award
Daybreak, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Sponsored by Payzone
Convenience Store of the Year (Small) Joint Bronze
Spar, Back Lane, Lahinch, Co, Clare
Sponsored by Cuisine de France & The National Lottery
Community Initiative of the Year
Lynch’s Gala, Killydoon, Co. Cavan
Sponsored by Kellogg’s
Convenience Store of the Year (Small) Joint Bronze
Today’s, Finisklin Road, Co. Sligo
Sponsored by Cuisine de France & The National Lottery
National Lottery Star Store Retailer of the Year (Runner up)
Bergin’s Food Fair, 45 Parnell Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Sponsored by The National Lottery
Convenience Store of the Year (Small) Silver
Mace, 47 Thomas Street, Limerick City
Sponsored by Cuisine de France & The National Lottery
National Lottery Star Store Retailer of the Year (Runner up)
Hanley’s, Pearse Square, Fermoy, Co. Cork
Sponsored by The National Lottery
Convenience Store of the Year (Small) Gold
Spar, The Plaza, Park West Business Park, Dublin 12
Sponsored by Cuisine de France & The National Lottery
National Lottery Star Store Retailer of the Year (Gold)
Supervalu, Main Street, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan
Sponsored by The National Lottery
Convenience Store of the Year (Medium) Bronze
Mace, Lissycasey, Ennis, Co. Clare
Sponsored by Cuisine de France & The National Lottery
Best Impulse Offering
XL, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9
Sponsored by Excel Recruitment
Convenience Store of the Year (Medium) Silver
Spar, Little Island, Co. Cork
Sponsored by Cuisine de France & The National Lottery
Cuisine de France Bakery of the Year
Eurospar Swords, Dublin 15
Sponsored by Cuisine de France
Convenience Store of the Year (Medium) Gold
Centra, Lahinch Road, Ennis, Co. Clare
Sponsored by Cuisine de France & The National Lottery
Retail Technology Supplier of the Year
CBE
Sponsored by Bank of Ireland
Convenience Store of the Year (Large) Bronze
Londis McNamee’s, Darragh, Ennis, Co. Clare
Sponsored by Cuisine de France & The National Lottery
New C-Store Product of the Year
Cadbury Orange Twirl
Sponsored by Spar
Convenience Store of the Year (Large) Silver
Spar, Main Street, Croom, Co. Limerick
Sponsored by Cuisine de France & The National Lottery
Marketing Campaign of the Year
Heineken
Sponsored by Mace
Convenience Store of the Year (Large) Gold
Centra, Maugheraboy, Co. Sligo
Sponsored by Cuisine de France & The National Lottery
Product of the Year
Coca-Cola
Sponsored by XL
National Convenience Store of the Year 2021
Spar / Texaco, Junction 14, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare
Sponsored by Cuisine de France & The National Lottery
Wine of the Year
Santa Rita
Sponsored by Barry Group/Costcutter/Carry Out
Food & Drink Start-up of the Year
Hot Chip Dublin
Sponsored by Centra

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