Dromore store makes shortlist of UK’s best

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Poole’s SuperValu in Dromore is the only Northern Ireland store to have beenrecognised in an Independent Achievers Academy shortlist of the UK’s best independent news and convenience stores.

Every year the IAA, owned and managed by Newtrade, identifies the news and convenience stores in the UK which have consistently delivered best practice across key categories of retail.

Poole’s SuperValu Dromore, owned by Eddie Poole, has been nominated in the Shop Layout category.

Currently there are 51,524 news and convenience stores in the UK.

The sector as a whole is now worth £37.7billion, a growth of 5% on 2014.

Collectively, independent news and convenience stores contribute £5bn to the UK economy.*

Nick Shanagher, managing director of Newtrade, said: “Local news and convenience stores across the UK are investing more, adapting quicker and finding new and exciting ways to cater for a diverse and changing customer base.

“Whether it’s supporting their local communities in a way that also drives footfall; working with organisations such as the police to lead responsible practice or using technology to both improve efficiency and market in-store promotions, these stores are the current and future stars of convenience retailing.”

The Independent Achievers Academy business programme is aimed at both developing and rewarding independent news and convenience retailers.

Every year a shortlist of 100 of the top performers in the sector is identified and each of the top performers are then awarded against the final 12 categories.

The shortlist was announced at the Local Shop Summit, a conference where convenience retailers from across the country convene to discuss and debate real issues facing their business.

LSS is uniquely positioned as the only conference of its kind that is ‘for retailers, by retailers’.

Twelve winners as well as an overall ‘Top Shop’ champion will be announced at the prestigious IAA Gala Dinner in London on November 30.