Cookstown retailer wins industry award

A COOKSTOWN supermarket has been named as Neighbourhood Store of the Year at a glitzy award ceremony in Belfast.

Vivo Essentials/Go in the town, owned by Chris Robb, was awarded the Category 1 accolade, which recognises a store of up to 1,500 square feet.

Chris picked up the award at the country’s most prestigious awards ceremony for the grocery retailing industry backed by Neighbourhood Retailer magazine, the NR Awards.

The ceremony was attended by more than 400 industry professionals who saw NI’s leading retailers vying for prestigious industry accolades. Supported by platinum sponsor Bank Machine and held at Ramada Plaza Belfast, the NR Awards were hosted by UTV star Pamela Ballantine and saw Kenny Bradley’s Spar Magherafelt crowned Northern Ireland’s Retailer of the Year 2012.

Speaking after the event, Cookstown retailer Chris said: “We’re very proud to have won this award, we didn’t expect it at all but it’s not just for me, it’s for the whole team.”

Independently judged by Spotcheck, there were 17 hotly contested categories, including the inaugural Store Manager of the Year category which was awarded to Darren Given of Swift’s SuperValu, Lisnaskea.

Commenting on the success of the awards, Bill Penton, Neighbourhood Retailer publisher said: “We are delighted that we had more that 450 entries this year and the quality of entries just gets better and better.”

He added: “The Neighbourhood Retailer Awards are a showcase of Northern Ireland’s finest independent grocery retailers and create a pivotal industry event that rewards excellence in retailing.”