Casey’s Eurospar celebrates double glory in prestigious industry awards

September 21, 2015

Casey’s Eurospar in Crossmaglen is celebrating a double victory after scooping two prestigious awards at last Thursday night’s Forecourt Trader Awards in London.

The thriving one-stop-shop in the heart of Crossmaglen picked up the Food-To-Go of the Year Award and the Forecourt of the Year Award at the glittering awards ceremony in London’s Hilton Hotel.

The awards recognise those who go above and beyond in the petrol retailing industry as well as celebrating entrepreneurial skill, imagination and dedication – all things Casey’s Eurospar has in abundance, according to proud Area Manager Gary Thornton.

Speaking to The Examiner about the much deserved accolades, which were marked with a celebratory homecoming event at Casey’s on Friday afternoon, Gary said owners Brian and Peter Casey and all their staff were beaming with pride to receive such recognition for all the hard work and effort put in by a team of staff who are dedicated to providing local food and excellent customer service to the surrounding community.

“The Food-To-Go award is something we are particularly proud of,” said Gary who highlighted that all the fresh home cooked food is made on the premises and comes from their own cattle and poultry with full traceability.

“We have a state-of-the art kitchen and an excellent head chef in Dominic McCooey.  Fresh food to go is something we build our business on and it’s definitely the way forward.

“Everything that comes out of our food-to-go fridge is made fresh in the kitchen. It’s a business that’s really growing because of the number of working families who don’t tend to cook in the evenings.

“We have customers coming in to pick up dinners for the whole week from our vast range of fresh meat, vegetable, potatoes, pizzas, salads and so on and there’s a student market there too, with parents of students returning to college sending them off with a full week of dinners from our sumptuous range of fresh food.”

Also honoured with the Forecourt of the Year Award, Gary describes Casey’s forecourt as “second-to-none.”

“We pride ourselves on running an excellent forecourt.  We have an outside kiosk and customers’ fuel is filled for them as well as their coal and solid fuels packed into their vehicles by our forecourt staff. It’s very customer centred and convenient – very few forecourts are doing what Casey’s are doing.”

Speaking on behalf of owners Brian and Peter Casey, who he credited with boosting employment in the local area, Gary added,

“We have a very loyal customer and we’re committed to growing that.  The only way to do that is with continued excellent customer service. We feel these awards will only help us to do this and it’s a great achievement to receive them as it means we’re definitely doing something right.

“At the end of the day our customer base have won this award for us with their continued loyalty and our dedicated team of staff are hugely important in driving the store forward and allowing us to win such accolades.

“Huge thanks need to go to Noel Loughran, manager of the store, and his whole team for their hard work.  Special thanks also to Thomas Magennis who did a lot of work on this and head chef Dominic McCooey and his team in the deli and the kitchen for their outstanding work.

“We try to create a level of service for the customer here in Crossmaglen which propels Casey’s to another level of shopping and dining experience.   Our 52 seater cafe has a great atmosphere, with our food-to-go range served there daily, and from grocery shopping to fresh food-to-go, to fuel and solid fuel needs, we offer enhanced customer service and quality and will constantly thrive to improve and achieve more.

“On behalf of Brian and Peter Casey, I would like to thank all our loyal customers who we hope will continue to come to the store.  I would also like to thank the strong, dedicated team of staff who keep our operation afloat and without whom, none of it would be possible.

“These awards are a great boost for the town of Crossmaglen and we hope to continue to serve the local community for many years to come.”

It seems the awards may be set to continue for Casey’s as it vies for a title in this Thursday’s National Fruit and Vegetable Awards and has also been nominated for the Northern Ireland Retailer Awards in October for Shop of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Butcher of the Year.

Crossmaglen Councillor Terry Hearty offered his congratulations to the Casey’s Eurospar team on winning the prestigious accolades and said the shop had been a tremendous addition to the town since opening.

“Since opening, Casey’s has really made a positive impact on the town,” he said.

“In addition to the much needed employment the store brings into the area and the shoppers it attracts to the town, the fact it is kept so clean and tidy gives visitors to Crossmaglen a terrific first impression of the area and the community.

“Congratulations to all involved and here’s to many more awards for Crossmaglen businesses in the future.”