The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON BROUDER

YOU can for­get about Grafton Street and don’t waste time trawl­ing Henry Street.

In fact, if you’re search­ing for the best shop in Ire­land you can ig­nore Dublin al­to­gether and head straight for Tralee.

Take a trip down Rock Street and the foot of the street you’ll find Gar­vey’s Su­per­Valu which has just been crowned Na­tional Store of the Year at the Ir­ish Re­tail Ex­cel­lence Awards.

The Tralee shop – which is cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary this year and un­der­went a mas­sive €2.2 mil­lion re­vamp in 2016 – beat off com­pe­ti­tion from the some of Ire­land’s best known lux­ury shops to win the pres­ti­gious ti­tle.

Gar­vey’s Su­per­Valu on Rock Street – which also picked up the Su­per­mar­ket of the Year award at the cer­e­mony in Kil­lar­ney’s Mal­ton Ho­tel on Satur­day – is the first Su­per­mar­ket to win the award in the com­pe­ti­tion’s 20 year his­tory.

In all, 600 out­lets across the coun­try en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion with the con­tenders whit­tled down to 30 fi­nal­ists over sev­eral months.

The judg­ing panel, which in­cluded sev­eral in­ter­na­tional re­tail ex­perts, was highly im­pressed with the Rock Street store, de­scrib­ing it in glow­ing terms as “prob­a­bly the best su­per­mar­ket in the world”.

Gar­vey’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Kevin McCarthy said the award was the cul­mi­na­tion of three year’s hard work and was en­tirely due to ded­i­ca­tion of the shop’s 100 staff who work tire­lessly ev­ery day to de­liver the very best ser­vice pos­si­ble to their loyal cus­tomers.

Re­tail Ex­cel­lence aren’t the first to recog­nise the Rock Street store.

Last De­cem­ber the shop was named as the over­all win­ner at The Ker­ry­man’s in­au­gu­ral Busi­ness Awards.

The cel­e­bra­tions on Satur­day night weren’t con­fined to Tralee as Kil­lar­ney also had rea­son to cheer.

Voda­fone’s out­let on Col­lege Street in Kil­lar­ney also won a ma­jor ac­co­lade when it was named as the Re­tail Ex­cel­lence Ire­land’s Elec­tronic and Tech Store of the Year, fight­ing off com­pe­ti­tion from lead­ing tech stores across Ire­land to win the sought af­ter ti­tle.

Photo Dom­nick Walsh

Staff and man­age­ment at Gar­vey’s Su­per­Valu on Rock Street, Tralee cel­e­brate the shop’s na­tional tri­umph at the Re­tail Ex­cel­lence Ire­land awards.

Mem­bers of the team from Voda­fone’s Kil­lar­ney out­let cel­e­brate af­ter the Col­lege Street out­let was named Ire­land’s Elec­tronic and Tech Store of the Year by Re­tail Ex­cel­lence.

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