Dano’s SuperValu in Mallow has been named the best SuperValu in Ireland, scooping the “SuperValu Store of the Year” title for 2019.
The store received the much-coveted accolade at the SuperValu National Conference which was held in the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.
Beating off stiff competition from 12 other finalists, the team was presented with the award by Martin Kelleher, SuperValu managing director, Ian Allen, SuperValu sales director and JF Michel, account director of Three Business, the competition sponsors.
Winning this title recognises the exceptional standards of the Mallow store as SuperValu stores throughout the Republic of Ireland were audited and adjudicated by independent competition judge and retail consultant Matthew Brown to determine the deserving winner.
The store audits focused on product range and quality, customer service, store presentation and innovation, fresh food offering and store hygiene standards; with SuperValu Mallow surpassing all SuperValu stores nationwide.
Receiving the award, store owner Paul O’Mahony paid tribute to his mother and father, Dan and Rose, who started the business in 1967 and were the cornerstone of today’s successful business.
He also paid tribute to his team and acknowledged that their enthusiasm and dedication was pivotal to winning the award. “Our team strives towards a common goal – which is providing the absolute best fresh quality food and value for our customers along with excellent customer service. Trading in Mallow for over 50 years and going from a small galvanised shed to a 16,500sq. ft store is a real endorsement for the hard work of the staff over the years and the people of Mallow for their support of a local retailer and local producers.”
Speaking at the awards, Martin Kelleher, managing director, SuperValu congratulated SuperValu Mallow, commenting: “This year, competition was very close across all categories, but Dano’s SuperValu stood out and won the award for consistently providing its shoppers with a superb shopping experience. Its fresh produce, bakery, meat and fish range, health and wellness selection along with its support of local producers is what makes this store a real winner. All SuperValu stores work hard to succeed in a very competitive market and it is the passion of the independent entrepreneurial retailers and their enthusiastic teams that is fundamental to their success.”
SuperValu serves over 2.6m customers every week and has 219 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs over 14,500 people, making it one of the State’s largest private-sector employers. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible which helps to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.