McInerney's SuperValu in Loughrea was recently announced as a finalist at the prestigious annual Checkout ‘Best in Fresh’ awards.
The Galway store was shortlisted for the Best Large Supermarket, with the award acknowledging the store's ongoing commitment to providing its customers with a fresh range at great value prices, while striving to support Irish suppliers.
Some of the biggest names in Irish grocery descended on The Shelbourne Hotel for the 2015 Checkout Best in Fresh Awards, the only annual event to acknowledge excellence in fresh produce retailing.
Some of Ireland’s most innovative multiples, independent stores, forecourts, delis and specialist outlets competed for the awards, and more than 250 retailers were present at this year’s event to celebrate outstanding industry achievements in the areas of fruit and veg, meat, dairy, seafood, bakery, and the myriad of other categories that comprise a winning fresh offering.
Commenting on the awards, Gerard McInerney of McInerney’s SuperValu, said: “We are delighted to be announced as a finalist in the Best in Fresh awards as it recognises and endorses the work we do to provide our customers with a top-class local shopping facility.
"This award is a real testament to the commitment and dedication of our team to give our customers a great shopping experience from the time they enter the store to when they leave. As a team, we work hard on a daily basis to get everything right for the customer to deliver the highest of quality fresh produce across the store, coupled with first-rate customer service and excellent value throughout the store.”
Stephen Wynne-Jones, editor of Checkout magazine, congratulated SuperValu.
“The culture of quality and attention to detail that SuperValu fosters in its stores is not just the finest in Ireland, but arguably exceeds that of most of Europe," he said. " In addition, the entrepreneurial spirit of its independent store owners is indicative of the efforts made by the group to achieve optimum standards, particularly when it comes to fresh.
”SuperValu serves more than 2.6 million customers every week and now has 221 stores nationwide. Seventy-five per cent of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible and purchases almost €2 billion worth of goods from Irish suppliers which help to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy."
To celebrate, McInerney's Supervlau Loughrea is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday (July 11 ) from 12 noon to 4pm. Special guests are Fireman Sam and Mininion. Acitivities include bungee run, quad car racing, rodeo cow, penalty shoot out arena, face painting, DJ, a barbecue, and lots more.