Spar Kenmare, Co. Kerry named National Convenience Store of the Year at ShelfLife C-Store Awards 2022

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

2022 Winners

Mark Hargadon, commercial director, Aryzta Ireland and Jim O’Connor, national field sales manager, National Lottery, present the Supreme Champion Award – National Convenience Store 2022, to Colin Donnelly, Spar sales director on behalf of Spar, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Thursday, 24 November 2022: Spar Kenmare, Co. Kerry has been named Supreme Champion – National Convenience Store of the Year 2022, beating off stiff competition to scoop the ultimate accolade at the ShelfLife National C-Store Awards 2022.

Ireland’s top retailers and brands gathered at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire last night to attend the prestigious ceremony. Now in their 22nd 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 400 guests from across the retail industry. A total of 26 awards were presented, celebrating the industry’s finest stores and people in a diverse range of categories.

Platinum sponsors, Mark Hargadon, commercial director, Aryzta Ireland (Cuisine de France) and Jim O’Connor, national field sales manager, National Lottery, presented Spar Kenmare with the Supreme Champion Award.

The judges said of the national winner: “Spar Kenmare offers the finest range on hot and cold deli, well stocked and well merchandised grocery range. The hot bread fresh sandwiches and fresh cakes are excellent to have with the Insomnia coffee range or just sit and enjoy a fresh ice cream from the Smooch range. A modern and bright store with pricing controlled by electronic POS, this forecourt was found to be spotless on all our visits and deserving of the highest accolade.”

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. It is this professionalism which has led to Ireland’s convenience store being viewed on an international stage as the standard to which others aspire.”

Following the tragic events that occurred in the village of Creeslough, Co. Donegal, on Friday, 7 October 2022, a minute’s silence was also held on the night as a mark of respect to all those affected. Throughout this immensely challenging and painful time, the strength and teamwork of this close-knit community has been truly inspiring, and the judges therefore felt it fitting to award the Champion of the Year Award 2022 to Nearby/Applegreen, Creeslough.

Working closely alongside the local community and the Diocese, the Lafferty family and the team at S&W Wholesale opened a store on Friday, 11 November next to St. Michael’s Church to bring back much-needed services and essentials into Creeslough, with local jobs being supported. “We stand in awe of the efforts and dedication of everyone involved; an example to us all, and we are honoured to present Nearby/Applegreen, Creeslough with the Champion of the Year Award,” the judges said.

Read our winners story on ShelfLife.ie HERE >>>

The full list of awards and winners:

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery   

SPAR Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Sponsored by Hale

Nearby / Applegreen, Creeslough, Co. Donegal

Sponsored by Cuisine de France

Junction 14 Mayfield, SPAR Junction 14, Co. Kildare

Sponsored by Fulfil

Londis DCU, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Sponsored by Smart Bits

SPAR, Kenmare, Co Kerry

Sponsored by Stocktaking.ie

Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland

Londis DCU, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Sponsored by Payzone

Daybreak, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Sponsored by Kellogg’s

Maxol, Dublin Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Sponsored by National Lottery

Harvey’s SPAR, Racecourse Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Sponsored by Excel Recruitment

SPAR Little Island, Co. Cork

Sponsored by Cuisine de France

Costcutter, Grenagh, Co Cork

Sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Retail Solutions

Sponsored by SPAR

Elf Bar

Sponsored by MACE

Cadbury Mystery Bar

Sponsored by XL

Coca-Cola

Sponsored by Barry Group/Costcutter/Carry Out

Santa Rita

Sponsored by Centra

The Jam People

Sponsored by Gala

Aryzta Food Solutions

Sponsored by Nearby

Bewley’s Ltd

Sponsored by PCS

Corrib Oil, H2 SPAR, Kenmare, Co Kerry

Sponsored by PCS

Kelly’s Centra / Circle K, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

MACE, Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

Londis Castleknock, Phoenix Park Way, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

SPAR Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

Marley Centra, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Spar Kenmare, Co. Kerry named National Convenience Store of the Year at ShelfLife C-Store Awards 2022

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

Mark Hargadon, commercial director, Aryzta Ireland and Jim O’Connor, national field sales manager, National Lottery, present the Supreme Champion Award – National Convenience Store 2022, to Colin Donnelly, Spar sales director on behalf of Spar, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Thursday, 24 November 2022: Spar Kenmare, Co. Kerry has been named Supreme Champion – National Convenience Store of the Year 2022, beating off stiff competition to scoop the ultimate accolade at the ShelfLife National C-Store Awards 2022.

Ireland’s top retailers and brands gathered at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire last night to attend the prestigious ceremony. Now in their 22nd 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 400 guests from across the retail industry. A total of 26 awards were presented, celebrating the industry’s finest stores and people in a diverse range of categories.

Platinum sponsors, Mark Hargadon, commercial director, Aryzta Ireland (Cuisine de France) and Jim O’Connor, national field sales manager, National Lottery, presented Spar Kenmare with the Supreme Champion Award.

The judges said of the national winner: “Spar Kenmare offers the finest range on hot and cold deli, well stocked and well merchandised grocery range. The hot bread fresh sandwiches and fresh cakes are excellent to have with the Insomnia coffee range or just sit and enjoy a fresh ice cream from the Smooch range. A modern and bright store with pricing controlled by electronic POS, this forecourt was found to be spotless on all our visits and deserving of the highest accolade.”

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. It is this professionalism which has led to Ireland’s convenience store being viewed on an international stage as the standard to which others aspire.”

Following the tragic events that occurred in the village of Creeslough, Co. Donegal, on Friday, 7 October 2022, a minute’s silence was also held on the night as a mark of respect to all those affected. Throughout this immensely challenging and painful time, the strength and teamwork of this close-knit community has been truly inspiring, and the judges therefore felt it fitting to award the Champion of the Year Award 2022 to Nearby/Applegreen, Creeslough.

Working closely alongside the local community and the Diocese, the Lafferty family and the team at S&W Wholesale opened a store on Friday, 11 November next to St. Michael’s Church to bring back much-needed services and essentials into Creeslough, with local jobs being supported. “We stand in awe of the efforts and dedication of everyone involved; an example to us all, and we are honoured to present Nearby/Applegreen, Creeslough with the Champion of the Year Award,” the judges said.

Read our winners story on ShelfLife.ie HERE >>>

The full list of awards and winners:

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

SPAR Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Sponsored by Hale

Nearby / Applegreen, Creeslough, Co. Donegal

Sponsored by Cuisine de France

Junction 14 Mayfield, SPAR Junction 14, Co. Kildare

Sponsored by Fulfil

Londis DCU, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Sponsored by Smart Bits

SPAR, Kenmare, Co Kerry

Sponsored by Stocktaking.ie

Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland

Londis DCU, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Sponsored by Payzone

Daybreak, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Sponsored by Kellogg’s

Maxol, Dublin Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Sponsored by National Lottery

Harvey’s SPAR, Racecourse Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Sponsored by Excel Recruitment

SPAR Little Island, Co. Cork

Sponsored by Cuisine de France

Costcutter, Grenagh, Co Cork

Sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Retail Solutions

Sponsored by SPAR

Elf Bar

Sponsored by MACE

Cadbury Mystery Bar

Sponsored by XL

Coca-Cola

Sponsored by Barry Group/Costcutter/Carry Out

Santa Rita

Sponsored by Centra

The Jam People

Sponsored by Gala

Aryzta Food Solutions

Sponsored by Nearby

Bewley’s Ltd

Sponsored by PCS

Corrib Oil, H2 SPAR, Kenmare, Co Kerry

Sponsored by PCS

Kelly’s Centra / Circle K, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

MACE, Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

Londis Castleknock, Phoenix Park Way, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

SPAR Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

Sponsored by Cuisine de France and the National Lottery

Marley Centra, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16