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Retail Excellence Ireland 2018

This weekend saw the biggest awards in retail’s calendar take place in the stunning Great Southern Hotel in the heart of Killarney. The Retail Excellence Awards which celebrate the best and brightest retailers and stores in the business, were attended by more than 500 Irish retail industry executives and were presided over by energetic TV personality Hector Ó hEochagáin.

Excel Recruitment are proud longtime partners of Retail Excellence Ireland and our CEO Barry Whelan was delighted to be asked to be part of the judging panel. Barry was always given the honour of presenting the award for ‘Best Manager’ on the night the hugely deserving Mary Keane from the Kilkenny Store, Nassau Street.  The night also saw Willow, Ennis announced as National  Store of the Year.

excel would like to say a huge congratulations to all the winners and nominees and thanks Retail Excellence Ireland for showcasing true talent, dedication and innovation within the retail industry. For a full list of winners see below.

Retail Excellence Ireland Award Winners 2018

National Store of the Year 2019

Willow, Ennis, Co. Clare

Top5 Store & National Pharmacy of the Year 2019

Mellerick’s Pharmacy, Fermoy, Co. Cork

Top5 Store 2019

bambino’s, Ennis, Co. Clare

Top5 Store & National Visitor Store of the Year 2019

Shannon Duty Free, Shannon Airport, Co. Clare

Top5 Store & National Supermarket of the Year 2019

Fresh the Good Food Market, Grand Canal Square, Dublin

National Specialist Food & Wine Store of the Year 2019

Dollard & Co., Wellington Quay, Dublin

National Restaurant & Coffee House of the Year 2019

The Kilkenny Restaurant & Café, Nassau Street, Dublin

National Electronic & Tech Store of the Year 2019

Harvey Norman, Tallaght, Dublin

National Forecourt of the Year 2019

Applegreen, Ramstown, Gorey

National Garden Centre of the Year 2019

Arboretum, Kilkenny Road, Co. Carlow

National Home / Interiors Store of the Year 2109

Casey’s Furniture, Raheen, Co. Limerick

National Gift Store of the Year 2019

Nook and Cranny, Main Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

National Optician of the Year 2019

Specsavers Opticians, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

National Pet Store of the Year 2019

Petstop, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 18

Retail Industry Advocate of the Year 2109

Dara Calleary TD, Fianna Fáil, Mayo

Supplier of the Year 2019


Ireland’s Friendliest Place 2019

Slane, Co. Meath

Rising Star of the Year 2019

Niamh Cleary, Inglot, City Square Shopping Centre, Waterford

Manager of the Year 2019

Mary Keane, The Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street, Dublin 2

Website of the Year 2019

Glanbia Connect

New Website of the Year 2019

Hale Vaping

Digital Campaign of the Year 2019


Exporter of the Year 2019

Carrolls Irish Gifts

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