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Grocery Management Awards 2019

Donnie Christian, Manager of Londis, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 has been crowned National Grocery Retail Manager of the Year 2019 at a lavish ceremony held in Dublin’s Citywest Hotel.

The ShelfLife National Grocery Management Awards 2019, held in association with Excel Recruitment and Bank of Ireland, attracted a record number of entries and attendees with over 400 guests from the grocery retailing industry.  In total, 23 awards were presented, honouring excellence across grocery retail store and department management from local convenience stores, forecourts and supermarkets nationwide, culminating in the grand prize of ShelfLifeNational Grocery Retail Manager of the Year.

More than 400 guests gathered at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel last Wednesday for the 2019 ShelfLife Grocery Management Awards, at which Donnie Christian of Londis DCU was crowned Retail Manager of the Year AND Large C-Store Manager of the Year. Barry Whelan, CEO of Excel Recruitment and the award’s Head Judge said of winner Donnie Christian: “Our Supreme National Grocery Retail Manager of the Year has created a template for best-in-class retailing that focuses on accommodating diverse customer needs, enhancing the customer experience, minimising the environmental footprint, and supporting more sustainable and ethical food production officially launching Ireland’s most technologically advanced and sustainable grocery store, in the heart of the Dublin City University (DCU) campus.” With the awards now in its 14th year, Excel Recruitment are delighted to continue our support of these prestigious awards, as both sponsor and key members of the selection and judging panel, recognising the best managers in all sectors of the Irish grocery retail sector.

Grocery Management of the Year 2019: The Winners

Grocery Manager of the Year 2019:  Donnie Christian, Londis DCU

Superstore Manager of the Year

Andrew Collie of Tesco Ardkeen, Co. Waterford

Large Supermarket Manager of the Year

Tom Worrall of Dunnes Stores St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Provincial Supermarket Manager of the Year

Luke Flood of Herlihy’s Centra, Bishopstown, Co. Cork

HR Manager of the Year

Jessica Maher of SuperValu Lucan, Dublin

Cash & Carry Manager of the Year

Martin Loughran, Value Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

In-Store Bakery Manager of the Year

Christina Keating, King’s Gala Kilteale, Co. Meath

Fruit & Veg Manager of the Year

Dusan Zapletal, SuperValu Blackrock, Dublin

Customer Service Manager of the Year

Rachel Stritch of SuperValu Sundrive, Dublin

Supermarket Deli/Food-to-Go Manager of the Year

Claire Lynam of SuperValu Castletroy, Limerick

C-Store Off-Licence Manager of the Year

Paul Coleman, Londis KCR, Terenure, Dublin

Supermarket Off-Licence Manager of the Year

Mary Murphy, SuperValu Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Protein/Provisions Manager of the Year

Dominic Kelleher

Small C-Store Manager of the Year

Imran Isfaq, Griffin’s Londis, Lower O’Connell Street

Medium C-Store Manager of the Year

Colm Beattie, Mace Sandymount, Dublin

Large C-Store Manager of the Year

Donnie Christian, Londis DCU

Small Forecourt Manager of the Year

Kevin O’Donnell of Gala Glenties, Donegal

Large Forecourt Manager of the Year

Brian Joyce, Spar Galway Plaza

Retail Team of the Year

Broderick’s Spar, Croom Co.Limerick

Brand Marketing Team of the Year

Heineken Ireland

Trading Team of the Year

Dunnes Stores

Field Marketing Team of the Year


Brand Sales Team of the Year

Tayto Snacks

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