02 Nov 2017

Maxol Receives Honourable Mention from the National Association of Convenience Stores

Left to right: Mark Wohltmann, Director, NACS Europe, Henry Armour, President & CEO, NACS, Brian Donaldson CEO Maxol, James Collins MD Accenture Strategy.


Maxol, Ireland's leading family owned forecourt and convenience retailer recently received an Honourable Mention in the International Convenience Retailer of the Year category at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Awards.

Maxol M3 Mulhuddart Services was chosen by the judges to receive the accolade as a Large Format store, signifying the progression of the new retail offering that has been evolving within Maxol over the last two years.

The prestigious NACS Insight European Convenience Retail Awards, which took place on June 14th, were held at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London where judges agreed that the state of the art Maxol M3 Mulhuddart Services is an example of convenience retailing at its best, awarding it an Honourable Mention.

Brian Donaldson, CEO, The Maxol Group said

"We consider it a real honour and achievement to gain recognition from NACS as the organisation that sets the world standard in convenience store retailing.We are working hard at Maxol to bring consumers the choice and quality they want and deserve. This tribute, from such an esteemed panel of experts, gives us and our independent retailers real encouragement that we have made significant progress in creating a best in class retail experience for our customers. I want to thank our licensees Donal & Liam Fitzpatrick and all of their staff for making this award possible."

The €6 million investment created 84 jobs in the Mulhuddart area when the station opened in April 2016.The 2.5-acre site offers a modern forecourt design and includes well known Irish food franchises Freshly Chopped, Supermacs and Insomnia as well as Maxol's own food brand, Moreish.

Competition for this year's Convenience Retailer of the Year Award was especially strong with companies selected by convenience and fuel retailing industry peers as finalists from Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates.

The NACS Insight Grand Jury consisted of: Frank Gleeson, Aramark Ireland; Dan Munford, Insight Research; Michael Davis, NACS; Mark Wohltmann, NACS Europe; Joe Bona, MoseleyBona Retail; David Martin, M Worldwide; James Hallam, Accenture; Joe Barrett, Applegreen (2016 award winner); Santiago Ferreccio, YPF; and Markus Laenzlinger, Migrolino.

Since 2009, the NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award has recognized excellence in convenience and forecourt retailing on an international stage and celebrates the best convenience retail formats from around the world. Retailers are judged across key criteria including format innovation, range, people development, customer service initiatives, corporate social responsibility, technology and results.

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Note to Editors:

About the Maxol Group

  • The Maxol Group was established in 1920 by William McMullan. The 4th generation of the family are Company Directors.
  • Maxol makes a significant contribution to the economy on both sides of the border and markets a comprehensive range of oil and petroleum products to the Irish Market, through their Retail, Fuel Card and Lubricants divisions.
  • The Maxol Group had an annual turnover of €551m in 2016.
  • The company employs directly and indirectly more than 1,000 people across the island of Ireland.
  • Maxol has been investing and expanding in recent years and currently has a network of 234 service stations, of which 115 are company owned.
  • The new food brand Moreish – Fresh Food at Maxol was launched in 2014 and is currently in 31 Maxol service stations and growing. It won 'Best Oil Company Initiative' at Ireland's Forecourt & Convenience Awards 2015.
  • Maxol was voted the most reputable oil company in Ireland for four consecutive years between 2012 to 2015 by Corporate Reputations independent survey.
  • Maxol M3 Mulhuddart Services in south Dublin won 'Best Forecourt in Ireland at Irelands Forecourt & Convenience Awards 2016.

For further information on Maxol, visit www.maxol.ie

About NACS

NACS (convenience.org) advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

About Insight

Insight (insightresearch.co.uk) is a U.K.-based retail strategy business specializing in the convenience and fuel retailing industry. Founded in 1981, Insight offers international retailers strategic advice in developing effective and profitable convenience retail concepts and new store formats, based upon international benchmarking. Insight also publishes Global Convenience Store Focus, a monthly industry newsletter, and broadcasts television programs on the sector through its Retail Vision video platform (retailvision.tv). Insight is the NACS Partner for Europe and assists NACS with executing the Convenience Summit.

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