Local store Daybreak Clerihan has won a top award after less than a year in business, winning the Daybreak Convenience best store in Ireland accolade. Owners Dean and Triona Hand were absolutely delighted and more than a little surprised. “We were over the moon to have made it into the top 11 stores nationally and considering we are in business less than a year, more than happy to have achieved this much. When our names were announced we were in total shock”
There was great excitement in Clerihan at the start of October as village store won the prestigious Daybreak Convenience store of the year for 2013.
Daybreak Clerihan won the accolade at the retailer’s conference hosted in Wicklow on the 2nd of October beating over 190 other stores to scoop the award.
Owners Dean and Triona Hand were absolutely delighted with the announcement and more than a little surprised.
“We were over the moon to have made it into the top 11 stores nationally and considering we are in business less than a year, were more than happy to have achieved this much. On the night when our names were announced we were in total shock! To stave off competition from stores with such a depth of experience behind them was awesome. It’s a real testament to our team here in Clerihan and is a fantastic reward for all the hard work our staff have put in over the last 11 months.”
Dean and Triona Hand established the successful Daybreak store in November 2012 and have been working hard to maintain a high level of service to the local community and beyond. “We pride ourselves on sourcing a wide range of local products and will continually increase and support local suppliers within every possible category. Stocking local is the best way of continuing the positive growth in the immediate environs. This obviously encourages local job growth and helps keep the local economy moving in the right direction”.
The shopping habits of people have changed dramatically even within the last year. Gone are the days of one weekly visit to the large supermarkets for a household. People now shop little and often. This change in shopping habits has enabled the smaller retailer such as Daybreak Clerihan to provide fresh produce more effectively and ensures a higher turnover of fresh-food goods.
Dean and Triona hope to further improve the operation of the already successful store in the future with a planned roll-out of fresh take-home meals from their deli to accompany the extensive range of homemade salads that have been a popular choice for their customers during the summer