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Laois shop wins Best Hot Beverage Award at Daybreak Store of the Year Awards

Thomas Morrison Head of Retail Musgrave MarketPlace presented the award for Best Hot Beverage to Daybreak The Gandon Inn owned by Tom Treacy and Fiona Hyland

Daybreak The Gandon Inn was crowned Best Hot Beverage at the annual Daybreak Store of the Year Awards, which took place Wednesday March 4.

The shop, which is owned by Tom Treacy and Fiona Hyland, is located between Emo and Ballybrittas.

Hosted in Lyrath Estate Hotel, Co. Kilkenny, the awards recognise retail excellence across 13 categories for Daybreak stores nationwide.

Daybreak is Ireland’s fastest growing convenience group with over 200 stores nationwide.

All stores are independently owned by local retailers ensuring that each store can respond to the everyday needs of their local community, whether it’s through quality coffee or food to fuel your day.

The Store of the Year awards took place at the end of a very successful Daybreak Conference – the theme of which was “Winning Convenience”.

Daybreak launched its “Store of the Future” concept two years ago and during this time has seen 57 stores revamped to this new identity.

It is expected the total number of revamped stores will reach 100 by year end.

15 retailers were shortlisted for the Daybreak Store of the Year Award, which focuses on four key areas – products & services, store environment, communications, and people. During the competition stores were assessed against rigorous criteria, including a series of mystery shopper surveys and audits on store standards.

As well as the Best Hot Beverage award, other accolades awarded on the gala night focused on key in-store categories and store layouts.

The winners were:

  • Best Overall Store of the Year: Daybreak Castlerea
  • Best High Convenience Store of the Year Award: Daybreak Clonliffe Road
  • Best Neighbourhood Store of the Year Award: Daybreak Kenmare
  • Best Forecourt Store of the Year & Charity Merit Award: Daybreak Dungarvan
  • Best Wine Award: Daybreak Raven Terrace, Galway
  • Best Food to Go Award: Daybreak Cahir
  • Health Champion Award: Daybreak Carrick-on-Shannon
  • Best Off-Licence Award: Daybreak Southlink
  • Best Impulse Award: Daybreak Broomfield
  • Best Product Availability Award: Daybreak Drumgoold, Enniscorthy
  • Best Customer Service Award: Daybreak Blanchardstown

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.