Aislainn Maye and Margaret Ahern of Riordan's SuperValu Fermoy, accepting their award at the Edward Dillon & Santa Rita Estates Supervalu Off Licence of the Year Awards from Tom Gaskin (Santa Rita Estates), John Cooney (Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland) and Tony Reade (Edward Dillon). (Photo: Andrew Downes)

The 26th annual Edward Dillon & Santa Rita Estates SuperValu Off Licence of the Year Awards took place last Thursday, November 29th in the Galway Bay Hotel, with Riordan’s SuperValu, Fermoy named amongst the finalists in a hotly contested category.

With only six other Cork stores named as finalists in this year’s Off Licence of the Year Awards, Riordan’s made the final cut and were recipients of a certificate of achievement on the night.

Each of the finalist stores were judged by Rodney Trenwith and were marked on a range of criteria, including overall appearance, innovation and customer service.

Speaking at the event, Andy O’Hara, CEO of Edward Dillon said: “Each year the standard of the stores gets higher and higher. We would like to thank and congratulate all the four winning stores, and also to each of the finalist stores who took part in the competition.”

The gala event was hosted by RTÉ’s Shay Byrne. Ryan’s SuperValu, Glanmire came away with one of the four awards, winning the Large Store of the Year award.