Esquires Coffee House makes shortlist for FBD Retail Excellence Ireland Awards 2009

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Esquires Coffee House, a North American coffee franchise, has been shortlisted for a national award at the 2009 FBD Retail Excellence Ireland Awards to be held at the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny in November. Carrick on Shannon, Franchisees, Fergal McGovern and Rhona O'Sullivan, will attend the awards ceremony to be hosted by Miriam O'Callaghan, along with 450 other representatives of the Irish retail sector.  An Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan TD will formally present a plaque to Fergal and Rhona in recognition of their achievement on reaching the final stages of the competition.

        Fergal McGovern and Rhona O'Sullivan Esquires Franchisees Carrick on Shannon

The National Awards established by industry group, Retail Excellence Ireland (REI), which is a non profit organisation representing more than 580 companies - 8,500 retail stores - more than one third of the total store numbers in the Republic of Ireland. REI's members collectively employ approximately 100,000 people across all retail sectors ranging from pharmacy and fashion, to grocery and homeware.  The awards have been sponsored by FBD Insurance for the past nine years and are the only awards in the country that seek to recognise and reward high  standards of excellence across the entire retail industry - not just one particular sector. This year, there are 14 category awards up for grabs and Esquires Coffee House, located in the Tesco Retail Park in Carrick on Shannon has been announced as one of the 6 finalists in the Best Medium Store category. Fergal and Rhona are particularly delighted with their award and also the fact that they are the only coffee house/restaurant selected in the top 30 stores across all sectors in Ireland.

The nominee process involves a mystery customer visiting each entered store to complete a full visit report, which is initially narrowed down to a ‘Top 100' list.  A fully trained assessor then conducts a thorough store assessment, which was used by the panel of 10 independent judges to create the shortlist and will eventually be the basis for selecting the final winners in each category.

The gala dinner will be held at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny on  Saturday 7th  November 2009 and Fergal and Rhona are hoping that they can go one better and win out their category. 

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