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Henderson Group celebrates awards haul

Michael Surginer, Henderson Retail Operations Area Manger is pictured at the ceremony in London.

A total of 24 accolades across three sets of awards were picked up the Henderson Group and its retail partners this month, with the Group attributing its success to ongoing investment and expansion.

Latest figures released by the retail and wholesale group highlight 10% growth in fresh food sales and 19 new store openings over the past year. Investment of £26m across 20 stores planned for the next 12 months, while a new £15m warehouse is currently under construction with the aim of future-proofing storage needs for the next 20 years.

Leading the awards haul was the Retail Industry Awards in London, at which the Group and its partners picked up 17 accolades, including Store Manager of the Year in the Independent category for Thomas Magennis, of Mulkerns’ EUROSPAR, Newry, and in the Multiple category for Joanne Walker of EUROSPAR Donegall Road, Belfast while Jennifer Donaghy of SPAR Holywood Road, Belfast was highly commended. Store Team of the Year was taken home by the VIVO Essential’s store, Mountjoy Filling Station in Omagh.

“Our senior team commit millions of pounds in re-investment back in to the business each year, which contributes to our sustained growth and earns us the recognition of our peers,” said Paddy Doody, sales & marketing director.

Mark McCammond, retail director, said “We have many of the best retail managers and most highly committed store teams trading from well-invested, contemporary retail outlets. They share our vision for success, which is why we have seen an uplift in retailers joining Henderson’s to boost their sales and margins and put their name behind a brand they can be proud of.”

Further awards included Best Site Manager for Samuel McCann at EUROSPAR Carrick Milestone, Carrickfergus and regional Forecourt of the Year titles for SPAR Fortfield and EUROSPAR Wallace Village at the Forecourt Trader Awards in London.

At Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retail Awards in Dublin, Mulkerns’ EUROSPAR won Best Use of Category Management, Creighton’s of Balmoral, Forecourt & Convenience Store of the Year; and Henderson Retail, Best Training Initiative.

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