5-Star awards for Clare Spar shops

5-Star awards for Clare Spar shops


Maurice Flynn, SPAR Retail Operations Advisor and Emer O’Sullivan, SPAR Ennistymon – Photo: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Five Clare SPAR and SPAR Express stores were awarded one of retail’s highest honours at the annual SPAR 5 Star Awards.

SPAR and SPAR Express retailers from across Ireland attended the awards ceremony which was held at Killashee House, Co. Kildare and hosted by BWG Foods, owners and operators of the SPAR brand in Ireland.

The SPAR 5 Star Awards, held in association with the Excellence Ireland Quality Association, were given to SPAR and SPAR Express stores that demonstrated outstanding industry excellence following a year of comprehensive inspections, visits from mystery shoppers and audits.

The winners excelled in all areas of inspection, displaying exemplary standards across their stores.

194 stores received 5 Star Awards including a special group of 96 stores which received recognition for winning 5 Star Awards for five years in a row, including; Cantillon’s SPAR Ennistymon.

The other stores to receive awards were; Geraghty’s SPAR Express Limerick Road, Ennis, O’Keeffe’s SPAR Express Tulla Road, Ennis, O’Neill & Kavanagh’s SPAR Lifford Road, Ennis and White’s SPAR Lisdoonvarna.

John Casey, SPAR, Martin O’Connor, SPAR Lisdoonvarna, Audrey O’Neill and Martin Kavanagh, SPAR Lifford Road, Ennis – Photo: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography.

Colin Donnelly, SPAR Sales Director said: “SPAR and SPAR Express stores are renowned for demonstrating industry leading standards. The SPAR 5 Star Awards Scheme is one that retailers must be committed to year round. Maintaining the highest standards in customer care and food safety consistently on a daily basis is no easy feat and these retailers work extremely hard in order to achieve this. I’m delighted to see five Clare stores achieve the mark this year and get the recognition they deserve.”

The SPAR 5 Star Awards Scheme is a rolling scheme where participants must undergo rigorous year long assessments across a range of categories including customer care, shop presentation, food safety and retailing innovation.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.