A state of the art service station at Ballacolla in Co. Laois, which was only opened by Topaz four months ago, has won a leading international retailer award.
The Topaz Manor Stone Ballacolla service station, which is situated at Junction 3 on the M8, was awarded the NACS Insight 2015 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award at a gala ceremony in London last night.
NACS is the Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailers and represents retailers and suppliers worldwide. It’s the second time Topaz has won the award, its site at Cashel which is also on the M8, won the award in 2011.
The win is seen as particularly significant given the strength of this year’s competition and the fact it is voted on by suppliers and industry peers. In total there were nine finalists including two from the UK and others from Norway, Switzerland and Argentina.
In addition to its striking stone cut appearance the service station also features Re.Store, Topaz’s exciting new retail food and coffee offering. Topaz has invested €5.5m in the site which employs 65 people in total and services 50,000 motorists who use the M8 daily. The site also includes a Supermacs outlet and a Papa John’s pizza restaurant.
Sean Moriarty, Company Operated Stores Director at Topaz said it was fantastic for a new service station like Ballacolla to win such a prestigious international award.
“I’m really thrilled for our team at Ballacolla who have worked so hard to make the station the success it is. But this is also a huge vote of confidence for the company as a whole and our exciting new Re.Store concept.”
“We are offering customers an unparalleled selection of healthy and wholesome food along with an unprecedented range of quality coffees. Our aim is to make Re.Store a chosen destination for the best coffee and food offering around and we’re very confident that is what Ballacolla and our other sites will become” Moriarty said.
NACS President and CEO Hank Armour said of the winner: “Topaz demonstrates that great, nutritious and healthy foods are meeting today’s shopper needs along with traditional convenience store offers. This is a movement taking shape across the globe and we are thrilled that companies such as Topaz are leading the way”.