Exciting plans for award-winning Dolans MACE

Dolans Mace Strathroy has been recognised in the annual Musgrave Store of the Year Awards. The local shop was a finalist in the Store of the Year MACE under 1,800 sqft category and they received the Silver Award at the event held recently at the Culloden Estate and Spa, Belfast. Musgrave organises the awards each year to showcase and recognise its 240 independent retailers in Northern Ireland across MACE, Supervalu and Centra brands and finalists are selected using a rigorous selection process involving several rounds of performance and standard audits. Dolans MACE Strathroy has been trading in this site for over six years and has seen the store grow from strength to strength. They are providing a much needed shop and Post office for the Strathroy population and wider community.

Store manager Mairead Curran was delighted to receive the award on behalf of the store and its team. Keith Dolan, owner/director of Dolan retail which comprises of four sites, was this year invited to speak at the conference and share with the audience his life in retail and his journey with the Musgrave group over the past 15 years. Keith, who sits on the MACE Council, shared with the audience his plans to develop his store on the Gortin Road. The site has traded as a MACE store for the past seven years and will see a significant refit which will create additional employment. The refit will include the introduction of an in-house off licence, food to go concept under the Musgrave brand of ‘Munch and Co’ and the introduction of a bespoke branded gourmet coffee in ‘Frank and Honest.’

They will also introduce an extended fresh range in the ‘Fresh for You’ brand of chilled products and produce. The store will get a complete refresh with a new layout incorporating a new ice cream offering and work will commence in the next few weeks. Dolan Retail currently employs over 40 staff and this is set to increase by six over the next three months in conjunction with the MACE ‘Store of the Future.’ Speaking at the event, Musgrave managing director, Michael McCormack, congratulated Keith on his success to date and looked forward to seeing the MACE ‘Store of the
Future’ when it is completed. He went on to congratulate Strathroy in winning their award in what was a tough competition with many wonderful contenders and with the judging process this year as rigorous as ever.


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