Kenny’s Win Big at NI Retail Awards!
Local business Kenny’s scored a hat-trick at the prestigious NI Neighbourhood Retailer Awards, held at the Ramada Hotel recently.
The convenience, forecourt and wine retailer took home the coveted ‘Overall Retailer of the Year’ award, and beat out finalists to lift the prize for ‘Neighbourhood Store of the Year’ for their SPAR in Magherafelt. The group as a whole was also acknowledged with the ‘Training Initiative of the Year’ at the ceremony on Friday 19th October.
Director of the Group, Kenny Bradley, commented:
“To win one award was a delight but to come away with three, blew us all away. I am thrilled as the last couple of years we have put a lot of time, effort and financial investment into co-branding our stores in order to enhance the value of SPAR and developing bespoke training to provide our customers with a community store that has customer service to suit.”
Not content with operating out of retail units, last year the Group took on the challenge of e-commerce with the launch of their online wine store www.homedeliverywine.com, showing the entrepreneurial drive that keeps this group ahead of its competitors.
“It is hard, exceptionally hard, for retailers as customers are constantly looking for the best bargain, which lowers the retailers profit as well as increasing rates, the forthcoming tobacco ban, charges for plastic bags ever increasing waste tax – it’s one battle after the other." said Kenny.
“However we decided to diversify to remove some of these costs and delved into e-commerce invested heavily in staff training and gave our stores a new community look and feel. I firmly believe that these ongoing accolades can be attributed to the staff’s teamwork, loyalty, respect and ownership values that are at the core of the business.
“Despite trading being challenging we have looked at this as an opportunity and grabbed it and hope that the future will hold more exciting and innovating things pushing local independent retailing to the forefront.”
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