SuperValu Off Licence of the Year Awards winners announced

The 27 finalists were chosen from a pool of more than 220 SuperValu stores across Ireland 

Pictured: Andy O’Hara of Edward Dillon; Overall Store Winners, Jim Garvey; Alan Kennedy; Kevin O’Connor; Yvonne O’Shaugnessy of Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland and Terry Pennington of Santa Rita

The annual Edward Dillon & Santa Rita Estates SuperValu Off Licence of the Year Awards took place at The Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny with four SuperValu stores winning the top awards on the night. The winners were selected from over 220 SuperValu stores across Ireland from which 27 finalists came through the judging process. The finalist stores were judged by Michael Cunningham and were marked on a range of criteria including overall appearance, innovation and customer service.  

The winners are the following: 

  • Overall Winner SuperValu Off Licence of the Year: SuperValu Dingle, Kerry 
  • Large Store of the Year: SuperValu Midleton, Cork 
  • Medium Store of the Year: SuperValu Ballisodare, Sligo 
  • Small Store of the Year: SuperValu Corbally, Limerick

The winners of this year’s Edward Dillon & Santa Rita Estates SuperValu Off Licence of the Year Award will enjoy an exclusive trip, starting with a night in Paris and a visit to the home of Moët & Chandon in Epernay and the home of Hennessy in Cognac.

Guests on the night enjoyed a cocktail reception tasting some of Edward Dillon’s best loved brands including Hennessy and Bacardi Caribbean Spiced, followed by food paired with Santa Rita wines. The event, hosted by Cork Red FM’s Colm O’Sullivan, was followed with entertainment from Irish comedian Bernard O’Shea.

Representatives from various SuperValu stores were honoured at the awards ceremony. SuperValu Dingle, represented by Tomas Garvey, Kevin O’Connor, Alan Kennedy, and Jim Garvey, received the Overall Off Licence of the Year Winner award. Tommy Grimes and John Hurley of SuperValu Midleton were awarded Large Store of the Year. SuperValu Ballisodare’s Ray Carty and Anthony White earned the title of Medium Store Off Licence of the Year. SuperValu Corbally, represented by Tomas Garvey, Fern Carroll, and Helen Griffin, secured the Small Store Off Licence of the Year award. 

Andy O’Hara, chief executive officer, Edward Dillon, said: “It’s always a pleasure for me to present these SuperValu stores with their awards. As always, it was a hard fought battle and I offer my congratulations not only to the four winning stores, but to each of the finalist stores. The dedication and hard work of the teams in every store is second to none.” 

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