Scottish Grocer Awards 2020 winners announced

Scottish Grocer Awards 2020

Retailers and staff were out in force for the Scottish Grocer Awards 2020 – and what a night they had. The best and brightest of Scottish convenience retail gathered at Hilton Glasgow for the gala event, hosted by Scottish comedy star Craig Hill.

The evening’s biggest prize was awarded to Franco Margiotta of Margiotta stores in Edinburgh. Margiotta, who emigrated to Scotland in 1957, has built up an estate of seven stores in the capital since purchasing his first shop on Warrender Park Road in 1989. Long a favourite of students and locals alike, Margiotta’s chain of stores continue to thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Other winners on the night included Ayrshire retailer Ian Mitchell, who was named Entrepreneur of the Year. The award recognises retailers who have shown real entrepreneurial spirit and Mitchell was praised for his exceptional stores in Ayrshire. Mitchell operates three stores in Ayrshire: Premier Drongan; Premier Woodpark Stores, Ayr; and Premier Girvan.

A total of 20 awards were handed out at the ceremony, with winners hailing from across Scotland. Scottish Grocer trophies were secured from Moniaive in Dumfries and Galloway to Drumnadrochit on the shore of Loch Ness. The full list of winners is available below.

Scottish Grocer editor Matthew Lynas said: “The Scottish Grocer Awards is a celebration of some of the finest convenience stores in the country. Each year we are blown away by the ingenuity and dedication of Scotland’s retailers and 2020 was no different. Despite challenging market conditions, Scotland’s independent convenience retailers have proven yet again that they are a valuable assets to their communities. This year, Scottish Grocer judges witnessed impressive support for local causes, innovative new sustainable business practices, and inspiring levels of care for elderly and vulnerable customers. It’s a humbling experience to be surrounded by such talented and committed individuals. Congratulations to all of our winners and highly commended finalists.”

Category Finalist Location Result
Best Soft Drinks Outlet of the Year Londis Solo Convenience Baillieston Highly Commended
Retail Express Uddingston Highly Commended
Spar Renfrew Renfrew Winner 🏆
Innovation Award Family Shopper Blantyre Highly Commended
Scotmid Co-operative Stockbridge Highly Commended
Nisa Pinkie Farm Convenience Store Musselburgh Winner 🏆
Confectionery Retailer of the Year Clydebank Co-operative Keystore Dalmuir Highly Commended
Scotmid Co-operative, Rimbleton Glenrothes Highly Commended
Day-Today Express Stenhousemuir Winner 🏆
Family Business of the Year Cot House Services Dunoon Highly Commended
Spar Clyne Condorrat Cumbernauld Highly Commended
Lochcarron Food Centre Strathcarron Winner 🏆
Food to go Award Brysons Londis Prestwick Highly Commended
Nisa Pinkie Farm Convenience Store Musselburgh Highly Commended
Scotmid Co-operative, Thornhill Elgin Winner 🏆
Licensed Retailer Buckie Service Station Buckie Highly Commended
Clydebank Co-operative Keystore More Hardgate Highly Commended
Doonfoot Day-Today Ayr Winner 🏆
Post Office Retailer of the Year Cairneyhill Spar Post Office Fife Highly Commended
Dalyrymple Spar & Post Office Ayrshire Highly Commended
Merchant City Post Office Glasgow Winner 🏆
Tobacco Retailer of the Year Cults Keystore Aberdeen Highly Commended
Londis Solo Convenience Baillieston Highly Commended
Shawlands News Glasgow Winner 🏆
Vaping Retailer of the Year Keystore Express Corseford Johnstone Highly Commended
Spar Havannah Street Glasgow Highly Commended
Racetrack Autoport Services Glasgow Winner 🏆
Merchandising Award Premier Linktown Local Kirkcaldy Highly Commended
Scotmid Co-operative Uddingston Highly Commended
Clydebank Co-operative Keystore More, Hardgate Clydebank Winner 🏆
Sustainability Champion Family Shopper Blantyre Highly Commended
Watson’s Grocers & Daughters Moniaive Highly Commended
Premier @ The Union Dundee Winner 🏆
Symbol Store of the Year (Multiple stores) Premier Girvan, Drongan and Ayr Ayrshire Highly Commended
Day-Today Barassie & Doonfoot Ayrshire Winner 🏆
Symbol Store of the Year (Single store) Day-Today Prestonpans Village Store Prestonpans Highly Commended
Brysons Londis Prestwick Winner 🏆
Innovation in Impulse Scotmid Co-operative Inverkeithing Highly Commended
Spar Havannah Street Glasgow Highly Commended
Premier @ The Union Dundee Winner 🏆
Best New Store Brysons Londis Prestwick Highly Commended
JG Ross, Highclere Food Store Inverurie Highly Commended
Scotmid Co-operative Drumnadrochit Winner 🏆
Community Retailer of the Year Family Shopper Blantyre Highly Commended
Keystore Express Corseford Johnstone Highly Commended
Watson’s Grocers and Daughters Moniaive Winner 🏆
Employee of the Year Glenda Reilly – Bourtreehill Supermarket, Irvine Highly Commended
Paul Stewart – Scotmid Co-operative Strathaven Highly Commended
Angela Gibson – Spar Renfrew Renfrew Winner 🏆
Independent Retailer of the Year Day-Today Bourtreehill Supermarket Irvine Highly Commended
Premier Girvan Girvan Highly Commended
Premier Linktown Local Kirkcaldy Winner 🏆
Entrepreneur Award Ian Mitchell – Premier Girvan/Ayr/Drongon Ayrshire Winner 🏆
Industry Achievement Award Franco Margiotta Edinburgh Winner 🏆