SCALLY’S Centra, Arden Road, Tullamore is celebrating having been awarded the Centra Store of the Year title for 2011, in a tough competition which saw stiff opposition from nine other excellent finalists from around the country.
The National Award was presented at the group’s National Conference to owner Ben Scally and store manager Fiona Leavy by Martin Kelleher, Centra Managing Director, Michael Morgan, Centra Sales Director and Alan Brown, Business Sales Director O2, award sponsor.
All 468 Centra stores throughout the Republic of Ireland are assessed for the Centra Store of the Year competition by independent retail consultant, Alan Collins. The audit focuses on value, fresh food offering, product range, hygiene and customer care.
Scally’s extensive range of products, with a concentration on hot-food, deli, fresh bread, bakery and an exceptional selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, all combine to provide an exceptional store.
Commenting on the award, competition judge, Alan Collins said “There’s something about this store that makes it feel just ‘perfect’. It has that unique shopping experience and it all comes together at the deli counter. From morning straight through to evening, instore chefs are cooking from scratch to provide a range of meals, designed to exceed any customers expectations in a manner that would challenge many restaurants.
The bakery also adds another key dimension to this stores offer, driving daily traffic and complementing the value added offers throughout the store. Scally’s work hard to provide the best value for money on a full range of goods to meet all their customer’s needs and budgets.
The store also places a huge emphasis on providing good customer service and the friendliness evident throughout the store is contagious. It’s a bright beacon with a welcoming atmosphere and the kind of store everyone would want on their doorstep.”
Delighted with the win, Ben Scally paid tribute to his team and said that their constant dedication and professional approach was what singled out the Tullamore store for the award. “We work hard as a team on a daily basis to provide our customers with first-rate customer service and excellent value throughout the store.”
“The strong performance of our Deli and ‘Good-to-Go’ offering, catering for the busy and value lead consumer keeps us very focused on areas such as price, hygiene, quality and customer service. We are delighted with this award, as it recognises and endorses the work we do to provide our customers with a top-class local shopping facility.” Mr Scally said.
Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of Centra said the groups auditing standards in all areas of the business are second to none and are important to the overall success of Centra as a group. “Centra stores such as Scally’s, work hard to succeed in a very competitive market, by meeting the needs of their local community and providing choice, good value and excellent service in a convenient location. Scally’s Centra is a perfect example of a local independent retailer working hard for their local community and delivering a store that is recognised as the best in Ireland.”