Village store is up against the best in awards

A village shop is set to clean up at a national awards ceremony after being nominated in four categories.

Thursday, 30th January 2014, 2:12 pm

Spar Whites of Calver has been nominated for four awards at the forthcoming Convenience Retail Awards.

The prestigious awards recognise excellence in the convenience retail sector, and reward outstanding stores, staff and standards.

The store is a finalist for the awards of Best Independent Convenience Store, Best Chilled Food Retailer, Best Communication to Shoppers, and Best New Store.

The winner of the Best Independent Convenience Store will be up against three other stores for the award of Convenience Retailer of the Year.

Edward White opened his new ‘farm shop’ type Spar store in August 2013.

He was nominated for a Countryside Alliance Award, known as the ‘Rural Oscars’, in November.

“I currently stock products from around 10 local suppliers,” Edward said.

“Including locally grown fruit and vegetables.

“Shelf edge signs show how far produce has travelled from farm to store – often only two or three miles.

“I am honoured to have been shortlisted for four Convenience Retail Awards – my staff and I are over the moon.”

Spar White’s of Calver is a third generation family store, representing a retail family which has been supporting the local community for over 90 years.

Eight Spar stores have been shortlisted for 11 different award categories, more than any other symbol group, with Spar Whites of Calver nominated for more awards than any other Spar store.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, March 6, at the Grange St Paul’s hotel, in London.