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No stranger to The Convenience Awards, EuroSpar Mulkerns picked up wins in the Large Convenience Store of the Year and Food to Go Store of the Year categories.

The store invests heavily in sustainability and that includes working with local suppliers across various categories. Its milk vending machine in the doorway not only provides a sustainable offering but is a great novelty for customers, particularly children. As well as local fruit and vegetable suppliers, the store’s beef is farmed five miles up the road and is cut on site. The store is laid out so that the fresh section rolls up to the butchery counter so customers can easily piece together all of the elements of a meal for tonight.

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The entrance of the store has a milk dispenser supplied by a local farmer.


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The store works with local fruit suppliers to reduce food miles and improve sustainability


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Every possible meal for tonight occasion is catered for with the store’s impressive butchery counter


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The store’s butchery counter sells beef from five miles away - another example of working with local suppliers.


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As well as its premium food to go offering, the store provides promotional offers for customers that are grouped together near the entrance


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Taking its role in the community very seriously, the store promotes healthy eating to its customers

As well as winning the Large Convenience Store of the Year category, EuroSpar Mulkerns also won Food to Go Store of the Year for a second year in a row, and deservedly so. Food to go makes up a massive part of the store’s business, not only in terms of sales but as a USP.

With an in-house chef overseeing every element of the food to go offering and constantly pushing boundaries, the store is well known for its on-the-go range. Its offering doesn’t just take in breakfast or lunch meal occasions but evening meals, Sunday roasts, afternoon teas and even tapas offerings. The store’s management are constantly asking “what’s next?” so innovation is crucial even though it would be likely to take years to exhaust all of the food to go options at Mulkerns. Recent innovations include an afternoon tea option complete with take-away display while was offered a sneak peek at the store’s tapas range.

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Homemade soups, salads and sandwiches form a big part of Mulkerns’ food to go offering, particularly at lunchtime


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The store’s food to go offering branches out to deli offerings, meaning that there’s something for every taste


One part of the store that has seen tremendous growth is its off licence area. Run with military precision, the section has benefitted from the introduction of minimum unit pricing in the Republic of Ireland that has attracted people across the border, but its main appeal is its wide range of beers, wines and spirits as well as its online offering. Web sales make up a huge proportion of category sales, something that was introduced during the pandemic. The section is kept separate from the rest of the store which makes it the perfect space for tastings at weekends and evenings.

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The off licence section of the store has a major focus on international wines


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Customers looking for a treat can avail of the store’s dessert counter


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Or pick one up from one of the many chillers around the store