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Musgrave wins store design awards

Ireland’s Musgrave Group recently won the A.R.E. gold design award for Best Supermarket, for its flagship SuperValu store, in Blackrock, Dublin, and another for Best Convenience Store, for its Centra store in O’Connell Street, Limerick.

New store concepts for its SuperValu and Centra banners have seen Ireland’s Musgrave Group bag two prestigious design awards.

At GlobalShop 2016 – held in Las Vegas in March and billed as the world’s largest annual retail design show – the retail group walked away with the A.R.E. (Association for Retail Environments) gold design award for Best Supermarket, for its flagship SuperValu store, in Blackrock, Dublin, and another for Best Convenience Store, for its Centra store in O’Connell Street, Limerick.

In a press release, Musgrave said the awards recognise the very best in international retail design, “so we were up against some serious contenders on the global stage.”

“The SuperValu and Centra projects complemented the conference’s big focus on customer experience design and what it means for retail.

“The store concepts were acknowledged for responding to the new food trends on the rise, improving the in-store experience and truly differentiating themselves from competitors.

“Our SuperValu ‘Food Festival’ concept was recognised for celebrating the shared joy of food, with the renewed energy that champions quality, people, local and freshness,” it said.

SuperValu store in Blackrock, Dublin

According to design consultancy Household, among the features of the SuperValu store in Blackrock is the juice bar in the fruit and vegetable section, which it described as “another standout service experience where customers pick their own produce to be blended in-store.”

Household said Centra has shifted from ‘convenience store’ to ‘convenient eating destination’ with the new format store in Limerick.

“Centra had successfully held its own through the recession in Ireland, but as the economy improved the brand wanted to rethink its high-convenience (or ‘Hi-C’) format stores. Centra needed to compete for the new customer who has more money to spend and is interested in healthy living,” it said.

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Musgrave Ireland Rejoins GLOBALG.A.P. as a Retail Member

Musgrave Ireland Rejoins GLOBALG.A.P. as a Retail Member in 2016

Headquartered in Cork, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland is the largest division of the multi-billion euro Musgrave Group, which delivers sourcing, sales, marketing and supply chain expertise so local entrepreneurs can compete head-to-head with international supermarket chains. This year it has rejoined GLOBALG.A.P. as a retail member, according to a GLOBALG.A.P. press release.

Ray Bowe, head of Food Safety & Quality at Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland said the retail group aims to strengthen its cooperation with GLOBALG.A.P. to increase transparency in its global supply chains. “GLOBALG.A.P. Certification is a basic requirement for all fruit and vegetables suppliers outside of Ireland. We are looking forward to working with the GLOBALG.A.P. team and to use the great network provided by the association to further deliver our food safety, quality and sustainability goals,” Bowe said.

Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland has a 1,300 employee-strong supply chain operation servicing over 700 SuperValu and Centra supermarkets and convenience shops in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and more than 190 stores under the Mace brand in Northern Ireland. Both the SuperValu and Centra Brands have the leading market shares in the retail and convenience categories in Ireland, respectively. Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland also operates 6 distribution centers.

Founded in Cork by the Musgrave brothers, Thomas and Stuart, in 1876, Musgrave Group plc. is a family-owned business that supports thousands of other family businesses and their local communities in Ireland, UK and Spain. It is not only the largest private company in Ireland by turnover, with sales of €4.6 billion in 2014, it’s also the country’s biggest private sector employer.

Together with its retail partners the company employs more than 35,000 people in Ireland.