SPAR Glenwell wins three top awards

Compere Paul Tonkinson, store manager Aaron McMahon and Rizwan Chaudhrey, sales director Independent Retail News, at the Retail Industry Awards. INNT 41-559-CON

Compere Paul Tonkinson, store manager Aaron McMahon and Rizwan Chaudhrey, sales director Independent Retail News, at the Retail Industry Awards. INNT 41-559-CON

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Henderson Retail’s SPAR Glenwell in Newtownabbey has scooped no fewer than three national awards in the last month.

At the recent Retail Industry Awards in London - known as the Oscars of the grocery industry in the UK – the store took the title of company-owned Forecourt Retailer of the Year.

And at the Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards in London - the showcase for the petrol retailing industry - it picked up the award for Best Northern Ireland Forecourt Retailer as well as taking the top prize in the category for selling up to 2.5 million litres of fuel.

SPAR Glenwell re-opened in December 2010 following a major refurbishment to become a state-of-the-art convenience store of almost 5,000 sq ft.

Judges at the Retail Industry Awards said: “This hugely impressive forecourt store, owned by Henderson Retail, offers a one-stop store for the village, with a post office, quality meats and a food-to-go offer.”

The judging panel was impressed with the many additional services on offer at the complex, from the Asian Kitchen Chinese restaurant, to the franchised local butcher and the chip shop.

The comprehensive range of local fruit and vegetables drew much praise from the panel, as did the fact that SPAR Glenwell was one of the first stores in Northern Ireland to introduce the Change for Life programme in to the store, which has resulted in a 3% increase in fresh sales.

Judges at the Forecourt Trader Awards said: “Located on a busy commuter route to Belfast city, SPAR Glenwell is a sprawling forecourt with plenty of parking. With around 6,000 fresh and ambient product lines, a Post Office, butchers, and a Streat-branded food-to-go counter, the store offers a one-stop-shop for the village. A carry-to-car service for groceries, and attended service for fuel pumps and jet wash on request ensure customer service levels are up there with the best. Great site.”

SPAR stores across Northern Ireland have scooped no fewer than eight national awards in the last month.

Nigel Gray, Henderson retail director, said: “This has been a great year for Henderson Retail and I extend my congratulations to store manager Aaron McMahon and his team at SPAR Glenwell for their hard work and dedication which has really paid off.”