Winners of the 2016 National Grocery Management Awards

The 2016 awards were presented at a Gala Dinner ceremony in Dublin on 26 May.


In-store Bakery Manager of the Year:
Declan Dempsey, Pettitts Supervalu, Wexford

Award presented (left) by sponsor Gavin King, Commercial Manager, Odlums

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In-store Bakery Manager of the Year

Declan Dempsey doubled the sales of his store’s bakery department…

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Fruit & Vegetable Manager of the Year:
Mariusz Zarzeeczny, Smyths Supervalu, Kinsale

Award presented by (left) Michael Kennedy , Director K+K Produce

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Mariusz Zarzeeczny is a real ambassador for healthy eating and the benefits of fruit & vegetables…

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Customer Service Manager of the Year:
Maria Irwin, Spar Express/Texaco, Junction 14, Mayfield, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare

Award presented by (left) Katie Consenheim-Training and Development Coordinator, Future Proof Training

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Maria Irwin believes that you can only deliver the right offer if you have the right service…

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Supermarket Delicatessen/Food to Go Manager:
Erica Gavigan, SuperValu Swords Pavilions, Co. Dublin

Award presented by (left) Yvonne Farrell, Sales Manager, Reach Retail Services

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Supermarket Delicatessen/Food to Go Manager

Erica Gavigan has a passion for product, developing people and commercial innovation…

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C-store Delicatessen/Food to Go Manager:
Gwen Culbert, Mulrooneys Gala, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

Award presented by (left) Yvonne Farrell, Sales Manager, Reach Retail Services

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C-store Delicatessen/Food to Go Manager

A trained chef, Gwen Culbert ran the fresh food department in one of Dublin’s favourite food emporiums for 11 years…

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Off-Licence Manager:
Remi Ciutys, SuperValu Swords Pavilions, Co. Dublin

Award presented by (left) Averyl Quinn, ShelfLife Magazine

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Remi Ciutys is as passionate about driving sales as he is about the latest new wine trend…

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Best Protein & Provisions Manager:
Kevin O’Connell, Smiths SuperValu, Kinsale, Co. Cork

Award presented by (left) Soraid McEntee Operations & Quality Manager, EIQA

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Kevin O’Connell impressed the judges on a number of fronts…

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Cash & Carry Manager:
Brian Jacob, Musgrave MarketPlace, Kilbarry Road, Waterford

Award presented by (left) Nikki Murran- Excel Recruitment – Head of Grocery Recruitment

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Brian Jacob has worked in the business for more than 30 years…

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Field Marketing Team of the Year:
Coca-Cola

Award presented by (left) Mark Morgan Account Manager, ShelfLife Magazine to Laura Sherry, Coca-Cola

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Outstanding Supplier Brand Sales Team:
JTI

Award presented by (left) Martin Slattery, Operations Manager, Musgrave Marketplace to PJ Holloway, JTI

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Outstanding Supplier Brand Merchandising Team:
Diageo

Award presented by (left) Aislinn Lea, Head of Sales & Marketing Recruitment, Excel Retail Recruitment to Kenneth Cronin, Diageo

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Small C-Store Manager of the Year:
Brian Dorgan, Herlihy’s Centra, Grand Parade, Cork

Award presented by (left) Kathrina Bentley, Marketing & Communications Manager, FMI

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Brian Dorgan manages a high-throughput convenience city centre store with 2,000 customers per day…

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Large C-Store Manager of the Year:
Elaine Kirwan, Lees Centra/Topaz, Charleville, Co. Cork

Award presented by (left) David Coffey, Marketing & Innovation Manager, PostPoint

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Large C-Store Manager of the Year

Elaine Kirwan manages a large family-owned 3,500 sq ft convenience store which boasts a 60-seat diner with state of the art customer facilities…

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Small Forecourt Manager of the Year:
Ashley Folder, Applegreen Lemybrien, Co. Waterford

Award presented by (left) Mark Hargadon Head of Retail Sales, Seattle’s Best

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Small Forecourt Manager of the Year

Ashley Folder delivers core company values through the in-store food offering and believes he and his store are only as good as the team around them.

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Large Forecourt Manager:
Gavin Moran, Spar/Texaco Junction 14, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare

Award presented by (left) Mark Hargadon Head of Retail Sales, Seattle’s Best

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Small Supermarket Manager of the Year:
Catherine Brougham, SuperValu Rathborne, Dublin 15

Award presented by (left) Tony Hinchy, Sales Director, Capitol Essentials

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Small Supermarket Manager of the Year

Balancing a young family with a retail career, Catherine Brougham drives sales through customer loyalty and a point of difference in the area where the customer is truly king…

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Medium Supermarket Manager of the Year:
Kevin O’Connor, Garvey’s SuperValu, Dingle, Co. Kerry

Award presented by (left) Tony Hinchy, Sales Director, Capitol Essentials

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Kevin O’Connor manages a truly unique business and one that has flown the flag for his brand in more ways than one…

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Large Supermarket Manager of the Year:
Mark Glynn, Dunnes Stores, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin.

Award presented by (left) Tony Hinchy, Sales Director, Capitol Essentials

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Mark Glynn is a career retailer who has relocated throughout the country to take on the challenges his business has offered him…

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Superstore Manager of the Year:
Margaret Crean, Tesco Wilton Shopping Centre, Cork

Award presented by (left) Tony Hinchy, Sales Director, Capitol Essentials

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Superstore Manager of the Year

Having spent more than 20 years in the business, Margaret Crean is a true career retailer.

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Best Team Performance:
SuperValu Blackrock Shopping Centre, Co. Dublin

Award presented by (left) Adrian Tyrrell, National Sales Manager Postpoint

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Having a great manager is important, but it’s the team that really makes the difference…

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2016 National Grocery Manager of the Year:
Gavin Moran, Spar/Texaco Junction 14, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare

Award presented by John McDonald, Managing Director of ShelfLife Magazine & Barry Whelan, Managing Director of Excel Recruitment

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2016 National Grocery Manager of the Year

What stand outs out most about Gavin Moran’s achievement is that he has created a destination store where a transient customer has become a daily repeat visitor…

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