The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has unveiled a new trophy to mark the legacy of independent retailer Raj Aggarwal.
The Raj Aggarwal Trophy is to be awarded to retailers who have been exceptional in community retailing and helping their fellow retailers.
The trophy was presented to Raj’s widow Sunita Aggarwal by ACS chief executive James Lowman in recognition of Raj’s incredible contribution to his local community and his tireless efforts in sharing ideas and helping other retailers to improve their businesses.
In receiving the trophy, Sunita Aggarwal has asked for the award to be given to retailers that embody the characteristics that Raj will be remembered for – unwavering commitment to the local community and a willingness to help others.
Raj Aggarwal was an award-winning independent retailer and member of the ACS Independent Board who passed away from Covid-19 in April 2020. In one of his final social media posts before his passing, Raj was seen dropping off supplies for NHS workers at Glenfield Hospital.
The Raj Aggarwal trophy will be presented to an outstanding community retailer at next year’s ACS Heart of the Community conference, due to be held in October 2021.
ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We are delighted to be able to create the Raj Aggarwal Trophy to mark Raj’s enormous contribution to the people around him, the community that he served and the retailers that benefitted from his guidance. We hope that this Trophy will make something positive out of Raj’s legacy for years to come.”