Ardeer Service Station in Stevenston, North Ayrshire, has been crowned ‘Scotland’s Local Retailer of the Year’
The site also scooped the ‘Best New Store of the Year’ and the ‘ThinkSmart Innovation’ awards at the Scottish Local Retailer (SLR) Rewards ceremony.
The awards ceremony was held at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel on 11th May, with the brightest and best of the industry gathered together for an evening of entertainment, hosted by Scottish TV presenter and comedian Des Clarke.
Antony Begley, Publishing Director of SLR, said: “Ardeer Service Station is simply one of the most impressive new store developments we’ve ever come across in our 17 years of covering the Scottish local retailing industry. The scale of the investment – £1.5m – is impressive in itself, but it’s the quality of thought that has gone into the execution of the store that is most impressive of all. The concept for the store is unique in Scotland and the combination of ultra-energy efficiency, great use of innovation and technology, superb macro store layout and absolutely stunning attention to detail is what blew the judges away.”
Ardeer’s trio of awards comes just two months after the site won ‘Best New Store in Scotland’ and was highly commended in the ‘innovation’ award category at the Scottish Grocer Awards 2017. And, in the same month, at the UK-wide Convenience Retail Awards, Ardeer also won the ‘Energy Efficiency’ award and was a finalist in the ‘Innovation’ and ‘Best New Store’ categories.
Ardeer’s owner, Mahmood Saleem, has been rewarded with a trip to Chicago in October to attend the convenience retailing industry’s biggest global event. Mahmood commented: “I can’t begin to explain how thrilled we are to win all of these awards. We’re so lucky to have such loyal customers who have supported the store 110% and we would like to say a huge thank you as without you we certainly wouldn’t have achieved this success. “I’m passionate about providing the very best of convenience retailing for our local community here in Stevenston and it’s wonderful to have this passion and commitment recognised at an industry-wide level! We’re absolutely thrilled to win these awards and to be judged by industry experts as the best new store in Scotland.”