Tobin’s SPAR Express in Letterkenny, cleaned up at the recent Q Mark Awards, scooping Best Forecourt for Hygiene and Food Safety in Ireland for 2013.
Proud store owner Eddie Tobin beat off stiff competition to come top in his category.
The National Q Mark Awards are known as the Oscars of Irish business, with thousands of companies fighting it out every year to be short-listed for the honours.
The Award for Best Forecourt for Hygiene and Food Safety is considered one of the toughest categories to win, but Eddie said it was all thanks to his hard-working team and loyal customers.
He said: “This was a real team effort, and I’d like to thank everyone involved. Winning such a prestigious award shows how deeply committed we are at Tobin’s SPAR Express to hygiene and food standards, and it would never have been possible without the hard work and dedication of everyone on the team.
“I’d also like to thank all our valued customers. We are committed to maintaining our award-winning standards and providing all our customers with the very best shopping experience.”
It was three in a row for the award-winning store, which also scooped the Best Forecourt prize in 2011 and 2012.
Tobin’s SPAR Express Service Station is a family run business which employs 32 people.
Malachy Hanberry, Sales & Retail Advisory Services Director, BWG Foods (owners and operators of the SPAR Express brand) said: “Food safety is the cornerstone of everything we do at SPAR Express. The EIQA awards are widely known as the most highly regarded, independently assessed standards for food retailing in Ireland, which is why we’re so pleased for Eddie and all his team.
“Their achievement is a testament to the commitment to food safety and customer service that is the hallmark of the SPAR Express and SPAR group.”