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Heysham store shortlisted for national award

A popular convenience store in Heysham has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Beech Stores, a branch of Nisa Local, on Middleton Road is a finalist in the category of Small Convenience Store of the Year in The Convenience Awards, it was announced today (Tuesday December 5).

The Convenience Awards are the most prestigious awards in the UK convenience industry calendar and provide an excellent stage for acknowledging and rewarding the sector's skills and achievements and all those who contribute to it.

Organised by Convenience Store, The Grocer and Lumina Intelligence, the Convenience Awards 2024 will take place on Thursday 21 March 2024, at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

This is the first time the event has been held outside of London. It has moved to Manchester in order to bring the event closer to retailers from all over over the UK.

Editor of Convenience Store Aidan Fortune highlighted how tough judging was this year. “Not only did we receive more entries for the awards than in the previous two years, but the standard of entries was exceptionally high.

‘’Our panel of expert judges had to work very hard to decide on finalists and winners. It’s a testament to the entire sector that the quality of stores is so high and that retailers are willing to invest in their businesses at a time when costs are so high.

“We’re very excited about bringing the Convenience Awards to Manchester in March. It promises to be a fun night that well celebrate all that is good in the convenience sector and give you an opportunity to mingle with the biggest names in the industry.’’

Last year James Brown, proprietor of Beech Stores, has made it onto the Top 100 list of independent retailers in the UK and Ireland.

The store underwent a full refurbishment in the summer of 2019 costing £150,000, and since then has launched a home delivery service.

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