Cunningham’s Pharmacies at both Monksland and on the Dublin Road have made it into the top 100 stores in this year’s Retail Excellence awards.
Cunningham’s Pharmacy is the only business in Athlone to qualify to this stage of this years awards and has the distinction of being only one of a handful of stores to have two stores in the Top 100.
The Retail Excellence Ireland Awards were established 22 years ago to applaud the best operators in the world of Irish retail. The glittering awards programme is the largest and most prestigious event in the Irish retail calendar.
Paying tribute to the hardworking staff at the pharmacy, owner Paul Cunningham, remarked, “it is a great honour to have got to this stage of the competition. Retail is ultimately all about how you treat every person who frequents your store. In this respect our staff are key. Both stores making it to the next stage of this competition is well deserved recognition of the hard work and dedication of every member of our team to our customers. We are looking forward to progressing to the next part of this competition over the month’s ahead and more importantly to continuing to serve the people of Athlone to the best of our ability”
David Fitzsimons, Group Chief Executive of Retail Excellence commented, “There were almost 700 entries nationwide and as with other years we are delighted with the quality of applicants this year. The very high standard of service, customer engagement and display among Irish retailers was very evident which made selecting this year’s Top 100 particularly difficult. I want to commend all who entered this year and in particular, I want congratulate the Top 100 stores for making it through. Those named as Top 100 finalists have what it takes to shine through and be recognised as the best retailers in the country”.