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Filan's named National Convenience Store of the Year 2017

Filan’s Centra of Castle Street, Sligo has been named National Convenience Store of the Year 2017, beating off stiff competition to scoop the ultimate accolade at the ShelfLife National C-Store Awards 2017.

Ireland’s top retailers and brands gathered at Dun Laoghaires Royal Marine Hotel this week to attend the prestigious ceremony. Now in its 17th 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 industry. A total of 29 awards were presented, celebrating the industry’s finest stores and people in a diverse range of categories.

ShelfLife Publisher John McDonald gave a detailed explanation of the dedication required, commenting, “There are a number of very important highlights from this year’s awards scheme. Standards have improved across the board, and there was a discernible percentage increase in the average score of all stores that entered.

“Stores that had undergone refits or transformation programmes during the 12 month period leading up to the competition had, in the majority of cases, maintained the re-fit standards.

“When we visit a store we don't care what brand is over the door. Everybody gets treated the same.

We have the same approach to each store and everybody starts with an equal number of points. We only deduct points where we see a failing at the point in time that our auditors are actually in a shop.

“The winning stores have very high standards. They have no mess at the checkouts, the store exteriors are clean and bright, the gullies in the fridges are spotless, all of the light bulbs are working, and there is a clear country of origin and price on all fruit and veg.

“This year the competition to sit at the top table was fierce. Standards are up across the board and the ultimate winner is the shopper who gets an increasingly strong and sophisticated retail experience at his local convenience store.”


Filan's, managed by Finbarr Filan, Tweeted, 'At the ShelfLife Magazine Convenience Awards, we picked up 'Overall Supreme Best Convenience Store in Ireland' and 'Best Convenience Store Under 1500sq.ft'.

'We're so chuffed to receive these great industry awards. This is all down to our great team of staff who put in so much hard work each day. Thanks and well done guys.'


         Finbarr Filan (centre) with his award winning team at Filan's Centra, Castle St., Sligo




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The full list of awards and winners:

 

BEST FOOD TO GO DEPARTMENT 2017

Sponsored by Cuisine de France

Casey’s Londis/Topaz, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

 

BEST CAR ACCESSORY SECTION 2017

Sponsored by Station Master

Topaz, City Avenue, Citywest, Dublin 24

 

BEST C-STORE OFF-LICENCE 2017

Sponsored by Blossom Hill

McGloin's Gala, Foxford, Co. Mayo

 

BEST NEWS DEPARTMENT 2017

Sponsored by Irish Mail on Sunday

XL Newsagents, Eyre Square, Co. Galway

 

BEST FRESH & CHILLED DEPARTMENT 2017

Sponsored by ShelfLife

Spar Parkwest, Dublin 12

 

BEST SOLID FUEL RETAILER OF THE YEAR 2017

Sponsored by Bord na Móna

Londis/Topaz, Grange, Co. Sligo

 

STAFF DEVELOPMENT AWARD 2017

Sponsored by Payzone

Top Oil/Daybreak Service Station, Co. Monaghan

 

BEST SPORTS & PROTEIN OFFERING 2017

Applegreen Swords, Mountgorry, Co. Dublin

Sponsored by Fulfil

 

BEST COMMUNITY INITIATIVE 2017

Sponsored by ShelfLife.ie

Griffins Londis, Grafton Street, Dublin 2

 

NATIONAL LOTTERY RETAIL STORE OF THE YEAR 2017

Sponsored by National Lottery

Dungarvan Topaz/Daybreak, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

 

BEST NEW C-STORE CONCEPT/OFFERING 2017

Sponsored by Postpoint

Lee's Centra, Charleville, Co. Cork

 

BEST IMPULSE OFFERING 2017

Sponsored by Excel Recruitment

Spar, Tipperary Town Plaza, Co. Tipperary

 

RETAIL TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR 2017

Sponsored by ShelfLife

JBM Merit

 

BEST NEW CONVENIENCE STORE PRODUCT LAUNCH 2017

Sponsored by Spar

Cadbury Roundies

 

BEST C-STORE MARKETING OF THE YEAR 2017

Sponsored by Leaders Enterprises

Fulfil

 

CONVENIENCE STORE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2017

Sponsored by XL

Coca Cola

 

C-STORE WINE OF THE YEAR 2017

Sponsored by Barry Group

Santa Rita

 

C-STORE SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR 2017

ARYZTA Food Solutions Ireland

Sponsored by Gala Retail Services

 

CONVENIENCE CHAMPION OF THE YEAR 2017

Sponsored by EIQA

Gus O’Hara

 

BEST START-UP AWARD 2017

Sponsored by Centra

NutriQuick

 

FORECOURT RETAILER OF THE YEAR (SMALL) 2017

Sponsored by Seachange

Maxol Mace, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15

 

FORECOURT RETAILER OF THE YEAR (LARGE) 2017

Sponsored by Seachange

O'Brien's Costcutter/Amber, Bishopstown, Cork City

 

FORECOURT RETAILER OF THE YEAR (LARGE) 2017

Sponsored by Seachange

Topaz, Dublin Port, Dublin 3

 

BEST CONVENIENCE STORE – under 1,500 sq. ft. 2017

Sponsored by Cuisine de France, National Lottery, The Irish Daily Mail

Filan's Centra, 25 Castle Street, Sligo

 

BEST CONVENIENCE STORE – 1,500-2,500 sq. ft. 2017

Sponsored by Cuisine de France, National Lottery, The Irish Daily Mail

SPAR, Custom House Square, IFSC, Dublin 1

 

BEST CONVENIENCE STORE – 2,500-4,000 sq. ft. 2017

Sponsored by Cuisine de France, National Lottery, The Irish Daily Mail

Texaco/Spar, Fermoy, Co. Cork

 

BEST CONVENIENCE STORE – 4,000+ sq. ft. 2017

Sponsored by Cuisine de France, National Lottery, The Irish Daily Mail

Lee's Centra, Charleville, Co. Cork

 

CUISINE DE FRANCE BAKERY AWARD 2017

Sponsored by Cuisine de France

Costcutter, Taylors Lane, Dublin 16

 

SUPREME CHAMPION AWARD WINNER

NATIONAL CONVENIENCE STORE WINNER 2017

Sponsored by Cuisine de France, National Lottery, The Irish Daily Mail

Filan's Centra, Sligo