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A Triple Celebration for Junction 14 Mayfield
And in what turned out to be a triple celebration for the multi-award-winning business, its long-serving manager, Gavin Moran, was named Store Manager of the Year and the site won the Best Forecourt Facilities award.
It was a memorable night too, for Maxol chief executive, Tom Noonan, who attended the event in person to collect the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Noonan, who joined Maxol 35 years ago as a personnel manager, accepted the accolade in person from the awards host, Irish radio and television presenter, Miriam O’Callaghan.
Topaz Energy also picked up the award for Best Oil Company Initiative thanks to its successful Play or Park loyalty programme.
And guests on the night enjoyed the excitement as awards were presented in 11 other categories (see attached list) – all of them recognised as among the finest retailers in the country.
Commenting on his win, Gavin Moran said: “We are absolutely shocked to have picked up the IFCR Forecourt of the Year Award for the third consecutive year! We have a fantastic team on-site and all their hard work has helped us to achieve this in what is a highly competitive sector.” Gavin added: “There are so many excellent sites out there and we are extremely pleased to have been named the overall winner tonight. To receive this after personally winning Store Manager of the Year and Best Forecourt Facilities is phenomenal.”
Accepting the Lifetime Achievement accolade, Tom Noonan acknowledged he had been fortunate that, since joining Maxol in 1980, he has enjoyed the constant support of Max, Noel and Malcolm McMullan, the directors of the main Maxol board. He also paid tribute to the outstanding group of independent retailers who run Maxol service stations throughout the length and breadth of Ireland, and he thanked his fellow employees, past and present, who have always shown such outstanding commitment to the Maxol cause.
There were more than 400 individual entries received from right across Ireland for this year’s hotly contested awards. Independent retailers, symbol groups and oil companies were all represented among the lucky finalists at the Ballsbridge event.
Now in their ninth year, the Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards are recognised as the only specialist event of their kind for the forecourt industry on the island. For that reason, each year, they attract significant interest across all aspects of the trade and enjoy considerable ongoing investment from some of the country’s biggest brands including Topaz, Maxol, Top, Applegreen, BWG and Campus.
The retail sector in Ireland employs more than 275,000 people, that’s almost 15 per cent of all the jobs in Ireland. The sector also accounts for more than 10 per cent of Ireland’s GDP – that’s €16bn. These statistics indicate just why retail is regarded as so crucial to the nation’s economy.
Bill Penton, publisher of IFCR and organiser of the awards event, said that he had been very impressed by the high calibre of all the finalists in this year’s competition:
“These awards are growing in popularity every year and they’re a fantastic example of the way in which Ireland’s forecourt and convenience retailers, north and south, are continuing to play a very vital role in their communities. Continuous investment in new forecourts means that the standards are getting higher every year and that means much-needed new jobs and support for Irish suppliers, growers and manufacturers.”
Mr. Penton went on to say that he felt innovation and cutting-edge developments were an essential part of successful retailing in any sector, thanks to the fast-moving and competitive nature of modern society:
“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,” he added. “This year, they have also raised €2737.50 in much-needed assistance for the Irish Grocers’ Benevolent Fund.”