Spar Parkfoot has shattered the perception of a forecourt as a simple petrol top-up and snack stop. The site was rebuilt and extended last year with the sole purpose of becoming a destination food store. Since then turnover is up 60% and basket spend up 65%.

Judges were dazzled by the vast array of fresh and local produce from about 60 suppliers, including a butchery counter staffed by two full-time butchers.

The store employs energy-saving features throughout and is completely self-sufficient in water.