“Local insight, local service, and local community engagement are key ingredients to running a successful local retailing business and persuading customers that shopping locally really is best,” according to Stephen O’Riordan, chief executive of ADM Londis, speaking at the Group’s 60th Anniversary Banquet and Retailing Excellence Awards. More than 200 store owners from all over Ireland gathered in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, for the awards, which celebrated the very best of local community retailing.
A total of five Mayo stores were proud winners of gold and silver awards at the ceremony. Londis Westport, Hanley’s Londis Plus, Castlebar, and Cunningham’s Londis Plus, Ballyhaunis, were honoured with Gold Retailing Excellence Awards. Meanwhile, Londis, Foxford, and Hiney’s Londis, Crossmolina, went home with silver. A range of criteria were taken into account during the judging process including the emphasis placed on customer care, the quality of their fresh food offering, the depth and breadth of product range, and the stores’ commitment to supporting local causes in the area in which they operate.
Presenting the awards, Stephen O’Riordan, chief executive ADM Londis, congratulated all five stores and said; “2014 is a very special year for the group as it marks our 60th year trading in Ireland. Over the last six decades we as a group have thrived because of the strength of our offering and through the hard work, resourcefulness, and professionalism of our retailers. We know that by offering customers an excellent range of products and excellent prices, along with a top class service, we can count on their continued local support. These awards are a testament not just to these retailers but also to their teams of employees who support them in serving their local communities. Tonight we recognise the excellence of each of these stores and their employees in providing an excellent consumer experience to the local communities they serve.”