Three Gala convenience stores from County Longford have been awarded the 'Gold Standard' for excellence in retail.
Corrigan’s Gala, Moyne; Fox’s Gala, Ballinalee and Smith’s Gala, Newtownforbes were deemed to be 'Gold Standard' following a comprehensive and independent assessment process under the Gala Business Excellence Standards Tool programme.
The stores were rewarded for their efforts at the 2016 Gala Annual Conference and BEST Awards which took place at the end of September at The Malton Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry.
With Sile Seoige acting as MC, the event also welcomed guests such as Ireland soccer manager, Martin O’Neill, who delivered a keynote address.
Speaking at the conference, Gala CEO, Gary Desmond, said: "We offer our congratulations to all of the Longford stores. This is a wonderful example of local Gala stores providing fantastic service to their customers and all of these stores are amongst the best retailers in the Gala Group.
“We wish all of these stores another successful year and look forward to the stores retaining their gold standard at next year's conference.''
The Gala annual conference brings together all of the retailers in the Gala Group for an inspirational day of motivational speeches, a trade fair and an update on the Gala business and new initiatives.
During the conference, Gala's CEO also delivered an update on the various marketing activities taking place within the group, including Gala's continuing association with the IFTA Gala TV Awards, its award-winning partnership with Special Olympics Ireland and sponsorship of parkrun Ireland.