The Kernan Group's flagship Eurospar store in Newtowncunninghan has been placed among an elite group of retailers from around the county honoured with the prestigious Top of the Tree accolade at the annual Eurospar Retailer Awards celebration.
The Top of the Tree awards is special recognition for outstanding retail practice across Eurospar's Six Pillar Retail Strategy of Value, Freshness, Rewards, Choice, Service and Experience that has been unanimously endorsed by The Newtown team.
Leanne Gillespie, Arlene Downey, Ailish Gardiner and Joan Borland from Kernans Newtown
The Kernan Group Managing Director & Proprietor Anthony Kernan commended the winning store. "We are delighted to receive this accolade which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff. A Top of the Tree Award is not only a mark of pride for our store staff, but more importantly it lets our customers know that we are leaders in the field. This accolade is a point of differentiation in what is a very competitive marketplace and we're honoured to recieve the recognition."
Patrick Mc Bride, Micky Buchanan, Joan Borlan, Anthony Kernan & Paddi Donnell
Patrick Mc Bride, former Manager of Kernans Newtowncunningham and newly appointed Group Retail Manager was delighted to receive the award along with the Kernan Group's Chef Operations Manager Damian Daly.
Kernans Group Retail Manager Patrick McBride & Chef Operations Manager Damian Daly Pictured with the Heads of Eurospar Ireland
"The assessment criteria are structured to focus on best practice and innovation in supermarket retailing, resulting in 13 individual assessment elements focused on all areas of store operations, including an emphasis on fresh food departments.
Kernans Diner Manager Donna Giannopoulou with Stacey Coyle
This required an enormous attention to detail from the entire team and required an excellent customer service standard to be visible throughout the store including the EIQA Food Safety assessment criteria", said Patrick.
Kernan's Chef Operations Manager Damian Daly said: "Eurospar supermarkets are renowned for their industry-leading standards and its vital to the Kernan Group's Objectives to be achieving the top level of recognition."
Johnny Mc Carron, Ailish Gardiner & Assistant Manager Paddi Donnell
“The new Eurospar Standards Programme was developed with retailers and for our retailers,” he said, “to ensure that our supermarkets are leading the way in terms of fresh food retailing, innovation, food safety and customer service. This award is a fantastic achievement for the Newtown team and the entire company".
Kernans Butchers Paul Dillon & John Tinney