Chilled out and a real winner

John Buttar and Craig Hill present the Chilled Retailer of the Year to Lynn Boyd of the Tarves Spar
John Buttar and Craig Hill present the Chilled Retailer of the Year to Lynn Boyd of the Tarves Spar

A Tarves store has taken a top accolade in this year’s Scottish Grocer Awards.

The village’s Spar was announced as the winner of the Chilled Retailer of the YearAward.

Judges heard the store manages to offer everything a customer could expect from a city centre supermarket in a rural location.

Taking a somewhat flexible approach to planograms and ranging, the store offers a well-balanced mix of big name brands sitting alongside an extensive range of local produce.

Effective and extensive use of POS and inch-perfect merchandising make for a seamlessly straightforward shopping experience.

The awards event, the biggest programme of its type in the country, is held to recognise and celebrate the very best in Scottish convenience retailing.

Held at the Hilton Glasgow hotel, the show was hosted by comedian Craig Hill and saw 21 awards go to some of Scotland’s very best independent retailers, symbol stores, forecourts, employees and entrepreneurs.

John Buttar, foodservice and wholesale manager for McIntosh of Strathmore and comedian Craig Hill presented the Chilled Retailer of the Year to Lynn Boyd of the Tarves store.

The event culminated in the presentation of the Industry Achievement Award, which this year went to John Brodie, chief executive of Scotmid, who said he was “honoured to accept the award”.