Store manager at Herlihy's Centra Fermoy, Kate Walsh, has been named the 2014 NACS Insight International Store Manager of the Year at the 2014 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe, which was held this week in London.
Walsh, who has worked at the Herlihy Group for more than seven years, has held the position of store manager since April 2013. She was acknowledged for her 'knowledge and training in the fresh food arena', which has "given her the key skills to develop the business".
"Retail is a people-business and what unites all of these entries is the fantastic, positive impact that these managers have upon their colleagues, their communities and their store," said David Ringer, regional director at TCC Global, sponsors of the awards.
"All managers are facing pressure on margins, increased competition and less loyal shoppers. What differentiates this year’s nominees is their ability to tackle these issues and achieve so much more by bringing together their teams to fulfill their local community’s needs."
In addition, award nominee Serena Guihen was highly commended for her performance at Centra Moycullen, where sales have grown 43% since her tenure as manager commenced.
The award for NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year was awarded to US retailer Rutter's.
Pictured from left: Dan Munford, managing director of Insight Research; Kate Walsh of Herlihy’s Centra Fermoy; Derek Gaskins, Scott Hartman and Cathy Hartman of Rutter’s; Serena Guihen of Centra Moycullen.