Texaco Spar Parkway triumphs at ShelfLife C-Store Awards 2019

Texaco Spar Parkway in Co. Limerick has won the overall award for Convenience Store of the Year at the 2019 ShelfLife C-Store Awards. In total, 42 awards were presented on the night in a range of categories, including the award for Convenience Champion 2019, which was presented to Peter Boland of the Alliance for Insurance Reform.

The full compliment of awards, winners and presenters is below; to download images, please click here.

Ireland’s top retailers and brands gathered at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel last night to attend the prestigious ceremony. Now in their 19th year, the C-Store Awards are the only comprehensive and independently judged business accolades for the convenience store sector. Together with returning master of ceremonies Marty Whelan, ShelfLife welcomed more than 450 guests from across the industry. A total of 42 awards were presented, celebrating the industry’s finest stores and people in a diverse range of categories. The judges said of this year’s supreme national winner, Texaco Spar Parkway in Limerick: “This store focuses on first rate fresh foodservice coupled with a well merchandised grocery area. The strong fresh food range is staffed by a knowledgeable friendly team; the counters are fresh and clean and the products well-priced. A very well laid out store, the facilities are well proportioned and spotlessly clean which adds to the overall experience.” Commenting on the dedication required to win a C-Store Award, ShelfLife publisher John McDonald said: “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. Staff who continually go the extra mile to ensure all shoppers know they are valued customers, combined with high store standards and innovative design features, ensure Ireland’s convenience store sector is admired internationally and held up as the standard to which others aspire.” The ceremony included a special presentation of the Convenience Champion of the Year 2019, which was awarded to Peter Boland, director of the Alliance for Insurance Reform. Peter Boland was deemed a worthy winner given the serious financial repercussions of Ireland’s ‘compensation culture’ for retailers. This has seen insurance premiums soar during the past decade, due to false and exaggerated claims. He has been instrumental in driving the success of the Alliance for Insurance Reform since its establishment last year, in areas including the setting up of the Judicial Council, the legal services regulatory authority and the National Claims Information database. Peter Boland continues to push for urgently needed reform, as he explained in more depth to the audience on the night.    
The full list of awards and winners:
  BEST FOOD TO GO DEPARTMENT 2019 Sponsored by Cuisine de France   Winner Spar Little Island, Co. Cork 

Mark Cantillon of Spar Little Island, winner of the Best Food to Go award, with sponsor Mark Hargadon of Aryzta Food Solutions

                 Runner-Up   M3 Maxol Mulhuddart, Dublin 15     BEST PHONE ACCESSORY DISPLAY 2019 Sponsored by Smart Bits Winner Londis DCU, Dublin 9

Donnie Christian, right, and Nick Ye, left, of Londis DCU, with sponsor Dean Kearns of Smart Bits

  BEST C-STORE OFF-LICENCE 2019 Sponsored by Gilbeys with Bibendum   Winner Centra Maugheraboy, Co. Sligo

Des Cosgrove and Dean Gaffney of Centra Maugheraboy, Co. Sligo, with sponsor Linda Cowen of Gilbeys with Bibendum

  BEST NEWS DEPARTMENT 2019  Sponsored by NewsBrands Ireland & Local Ireland Winner Spar Dublin Airport

Ger Ralph of Spar Dublin Airport, with sponsor Vincent Crowley and David Ryan, president of Local Ireland

  BEST FRESH & CHILLED RETAILER OF THE YEAR 2019 Sponsored by Invest NI Winner Caseys Londis / Circle K, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

The team from Casey’s Londis/Circle K: David Tarrant, Aidan Hennigan, Gerry Casey and Kiaran Broderick, with sponsor Jen Guiney of Invest NI, centre

  STAFF DEVELOPMENT AWARD 2019  Sponsored by Payzone Winner Lee’s Centra, Charleville, Cork

Ray Lee, Melissa Lee, Mary Ward, Fiona Casey and Brendan Lee, with sponsor Darren Thornberry, centre

  BEST COMMUNITY INITIATIVE 2019 Sponsored by Station Master Winner   Daybreak, Youghal Road, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

(L-R) Andrew Boyle, Kevin McCarthy, Sponsor Damien Emerson, Helen Taylor, Michelle McGrath and Kevin Forde, of Daybreak, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

  NATIONAL LOTTERY STAR STORE OF THE YEAR 2019 Sponsored by Premier Lotteries Ireland Winner   XL Eyre Square, Galway

National Lottery Store of the Year winners, the team from XL Eyre Square in Galway, with sponsors Paul Thomas, left, and Niall Andrews, right, of the National Lottery

Silver O’Sheas Campile

The team from O’Shea’s Campile, silver winners of the National Lottery Store of the Year, with sponsors Niall Andrews, right, and Paul Thomas of the National Lottery

Bronze Centra Headford

The team from Centra Headford, Co. Galway, winner of the Bronze award for National Lottery Store of the Year

    BEST NEW C-STORE CONCEPT/OFFERING  2019  Sponsored by Kelloggs/Pringles Winner Londis DCU, Dublin 9

Donnie Christian and Nick Ye of Londis DCU, winner of Best New C-Store Concept/Offering, with sponsor Shane Dawson of Kellogg’s

  BEST IMPULSE OFFERING 2019 Sponsored by Excel Recruitment Winner Spar Little Island, Co. Cork

Mark Cantillon of Spar Little Island, winner of Best Impulse Offering, with sponsor Christabelle Pierce of Excel Recruitment

    CUISINE DE FRANCE BAKERY AWARD Sponsored by Cuisine de France Winner           Mace Glanmire, Co. Cork

The team from Mace Glanmire, winner of the Cuisine de France Bakery Award, with Eric Nolan, head of retail sales, Aryzta Food Solutions

  RETAIL TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR 2019 Sponsored by Bank of Ireland Winner CBE

Dominic Feehey of CBE, winner of the Best Retail Tech award, with sponsor Owen Clifford of Bank of Ireland

    BEST NEW PRODUCT 2019 Sponsored by Spar Winner Tayto Muchos

Karen McGaghy of Tayto Muchos, winner of the Best New Product award, with sponsor Peter Dwan of Spar

  BEST MARKETING 2019 Sponsored by Mace Winner Heineken

Karl O’Rourke, Michael Brennan and Colin Doyle of Heineken, winner of the Best Marketing Campaign award, with sponsor Daniel O’Connell, Mace, far left

  PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2019 Sponsored by XL Winner Coca-Cola

The team from Coca-Cola Ireland, winner of the Product of the Year award, with sponsor Colm Fitzsimons of XL

  BEST WINE OF THE YEAR 2019 Sponsored by Barry Group Winner Yellow Tail

Linda Cowen and Michael McManamon of Gilbeys with Bibendum/Yellow Tail, winner of Wine of the Year, with sponsor Jim Barry of the Barry Group

  BEST SUPPLIER 2019 Sponsored by Gala Winner Cuisine de France, Aryzta

The team from Aryzta Food Solutions, winner of the award for Best Supplier, with sponsor Gary Desmond, CEO of Gala – centre

  CONVENIENCE CHAMPION OF THE YEAR 2019 Sponsored by EIQA Winner Peter Boland, director of the Alliance for Insurance Reform   BEST NEW FOOD & DRINK START-UP AWARD 2019 Sponsored by Centra Winner Vada Pow

Convenience Champion 2019 Peter Boland, with sponsor Soraid McEntee and ShelfLife magazine publisher John McDonald

  BEST NEW FOOD & DRINK STARTUP Sponsored by Centra Winner Vada Pow

Naveen Bachani of Vada Pow, winner of Best New Food & Drink Startup, with sponsor Michael Kennedy of Centra

  FORECOURT RETAILER OF THE YEAR (SMALL) 2019 Sponsored by SeaChange Winner         Spar Monasterevin, Co. Kildare   Texaco Spar, Celbridge, Co. Kildare Silver Amber Costcutter, Youghal, Co. Cork Bronze         Fitzpatrick’s Costcutter, Kilmihil, Co. Clare   FORECOURT RETAILER OF THE YEAR (LARGE) 2019 Sponsored by Seachange Winner Texaco Spar Parkway, Dublin Road, Limerick           Silver Casey’s Londis, Athlone Road, Roscommon Bronze Amber Costcutter, Charleville, Co. Cork                      BEST CONVENIENCE STORE – under 1,500 sq. ft. 2019 Sponsored by Cuisine De France, The National Lottery & NewsBrands Ireland Winner King’s Gala, Carlow Road, Kildare         Daybreak Birr, Co. Offaly Silver McCleary’s Londis, 3 New Terrace, Monaghan Bronze         Healy Rae Mace, Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry   BEST CONVENIENCE STORE – 1,500-2,500 sq. ft. 2019 Sponsored by Cuisine De France, The National Lottery & NewsBrands Ireland Winner Gillan’s Londis, Phoenix Park Racecourse, Castleknock, Dublin 15   Silver            Massey’s Costcutter Dundrum Road, Dublin 14 Bronze          Londis Newbliss, Co. Monaghan   BEST CONVENIENCE STORE – under 2,500-4,000 sq. ft. 2019 Sponsored by Cuisine De France, The National Lottery & NewsBrands Ireland Winner          Donnellan’s Centra, Ennis, Co. Clare    Silver Casey’s Londis, Renmore, Co. Galway Bronze Lee’s Centra, Charleville, Co. Cork           BEST CONVENIENCE STORE – 4,000+ sq. ft. 2019 Sponsored by Cuisine De France, The National Lottery & NewsBrands Ireland Winner Tesco Sandymount, Dublin 4                 NATIONAL CONVENIENCE STORE OF THE YEAR 2019 Sponsored by Cuisine De France, The National Lottery & NewsBrands Ireland Winner Texaco Spar Parkway, Dublin Road, Limerick