Kavanagh’s SuperValu in Claremorris, Co Mayo has been crowned winner of the prestigious ‘Best Small SuperValu Store of the Year’ title for 2023. The store was among a range of finalists from all corners of the country shortlisted for the award at the SuperValu National Conference which was held in The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.
The team from Kavanagh’s SuperValu were presented with their award by SuperValu Managing Director, Ian Allen and JF Michel, Account Director at Three Business, the competition’s sponsors. The store employs over 70 staff and are the main sponsors of Claremorris GAA. They also support Claremorris St Patrick’s Day parade and the local TidyTowns.
Winning this title recognises the exceptional standards of the Claremorris SuperValu store. SuperValu stores throughout the Republic of Ireland were assessed and adjudicated by independent competition judge and retail consultant, Matthew Brown. The judging process focused on key criteria including: product range and innovation, store presentation, fresh food offering, sustainability, customer care and store quality and hygiene standards.
On winning the award, store manager, Damien Hall, said the award was a testament to the hard work put in by their store team: "We are delighted to have won this award. I’d like to thank our wonderful team of staff for the enthusiasm they show in their work every day of the week, as well as our loyal base of customers. As a business we pride ourselves in providing the very best in customer service, fresh produce and supporting our local community. This award means so much to us and our town.”
Speaking at the awards, Ian Allen, Managing Director, SuperValu congratulated Kavanagh’s SuperValu Claremorris and said, “Every year we are blown away by the high standard set by finalists who are paving the way as exemplar SuperValu stores nationwide and leading in our mission to build sustainable communities. I’d like to congratulate Kavanagh’s SuperValu Claremorris for showing excellent leadership in the area of sustainability, implementing a truly innovative store product range and supporting local producers. The team at Kavanagh’s SuperValu are hugely deserving of this accolade and I’d like to wish them every success going forward into the future.”
Commenting on the excellent standard of the shortlisted stores, judge and independent retail consultant, Matthew Brown said: “It was a great honour and privilege to be invited to take part in the judging for this year’s SuperValu Store of Year Awards. I have to say the standard of retailing excellence from the SuperValu stores I visited is absolutely world class. SuperValu is leading the way in fresh food innovation and expert levels of service provided by butchers, fishmongers and deli counters. The stores I visited also had an incredible approach to food innovation and celebrating local supplier stories. All shortlisted stores should be very proud of their achievements.”