National award for Portlaoise service station?
LAOIS RETAILER SHORTLISTED IN NATIONAL INDUSTRY AWARDS
Applegreen’s Portlaoise Service Station has made it through to the final of Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards (IFCR) 2014.
The store has joined 40 finalists announced today who will now battle it out at the 8th annual Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards.
Set in the fabulous Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin, on Friday September 12, and hosted by RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan, the IFCR Awards will play host to the finest convenience retailers from across Ireland.
With more than 400 individual award entries received from throughout Ireland, reaching the final of these awards signifies a major achievement for independent retailers, symbol groups and oil companies.
The retail sector in Ireland employs more than 275,000* people – that’s almost 15 per cent of the total jobs in Ireland. The sector also accounts for more than 10 per cent of Ireland’s GDP – that’s €16 billion*. This highlights why retail is such a crucial sector in our economy.
Bill Penton, publisher, Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer, was delighted with the calibre of entries: “Now in their eighth year, the IFCR Awards continue to grow. They are a fantastic example of how Ireland’s forecourt and convenience retailers continue to play a vital role in their communities and set industry standards higher each year.
Innovation, new ideas and new developments are an essential part of successful retailing in today’s ultra-competitive, fast-moving retail environment. Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards are the country’s only specialist awards for the forecourt industry and provide an essential showcase for our very best retailers.”
IFCR Awards 2014 finalists (full list)*:
Forecourt & Convenience Store of the Year (Cat 1) with c-store up to 1,100 sq ft
Applegreen Portlaoise Service Station Co Laois
Browne’s Esso/Londis, Klicock Co Kildare
Junction 14 Spar Express/Texaco, Mayfield Co Kildare
Kilkelly Topaz/Centra Service Station Co Mayo
McCaughey’s Top/Daybreak, Castleblayney Co Monaghan