Ryan’s Centra in Ennis, Co. Clare has been named the best Centra in Ireland, scooping the “Centra Store of the Year” title for 2016. The store received the much coveted accolade at the Centra National Conference which was held in the Malton Hotel, Killarney recently.
The team from Ryan’s Centra were presented with their award by Ian Allen, Centra Sales Director and Eoin MacManus, Director of Three Business, competition sponsors.
The Centra ‘Store of the Year’ Award is bestowed upon the store which give a true reflection of excellence across every retail aspect. Centra stores throughout Ireland are audited by retail consultant, Alan Collins for the award. The audit focuses on range, quality, customer service, hygiene, service offering and local community involvement.
On receipt of the award, store owners, Paul and Kay Ryan paid tribute to their team and acknowledged that their enthusiasm and constant dedication was pivotal to winning the award. “Our passionate workforce that is expertly led by our store manager Kate Sherlock, strive towards a common goal – which is providing the absolute best service, product offering and value for our customers. We are delighted with this award, as it recognises and endorses the work we do to provide our customers with a top-class local shopping facility.”
Commenting on the awards, competition judge, Alan Collins said: “There’s something about this store that makes it feel just ‘perfect’. It has that unique shopping experience and it all comes together at the front of the store where you are greeted by an abundance of top quality fresh food. The store places a huge emphasis on providing excellent customer service and the friendliness evident throughout the store is contagious. This is the kind of store everyone wants on their doorstep.”
Ian Allen, Sales Director of Centra commended all Centra Retailers on the night, for their involvement in the competition and maintaining the highest quality standards across all aspects of the business. “Centra retailers are committed to upholding the highest of standards across the store, which is the reason why Centra remains the number one convenience retailer in Ireland. Centra stores such as Ryan’s Centra in Ennis are perfect examples of independent retailers working hard in their local communities to succeed in a very competitive market, by meeting the needs of their customers. They provide choice, value and excellent service within their locality on a daily basis. Congratulations to Paul and Kay Ryan who has gone above and beyond to maintain the highest standards across the entire store.”
With over 460 stores, Centra employs almost 11,000 people and serves over three million customers per week. Centra invests over €240 million in local communities per annum, which is the equivalent of €4.5 million per week through a combination of payments to local suppliers, acquisition of local business services, wages, charitable donations and local sponsorships.