Scotmid ‘s Craig comes up trumps

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Former Hawick man Craig McAulay, who manages a Scotmid Co-operative store in Edinburgh says he’s “gobsmacked” after his shop was awarded a prestigious industry gong.

Scotmid Co-operative in Stockbridge, managed by Mr McAulay, a former pupil of Drumlanrig and the High Schools, was named Convenience Retailer of the Year at the 2015 Convenience Retail Awards (CRAs) – the prestigious national awards run by trade magazines Convenience Store and The Grocer.

The store, which also won the Best Multiple Store for the third consecutive year and Best Customer Service awards, beat off competition from across the UK to claim the prize in London on Thursday 19 March 2015.

Stockbridge store manager Craig McAulay, who lived at Longbaulk Road, studied architecture at Edinburgh University while working for Scotmid part time, said: “I’m absolutely gobsmacked. It’s a great achievement for the store, myself and Scotmid as a whole and I think it’s been a big team effort right throughout the whole year. I think we won because we’re trying to give something different to the customers, and we’ve given them what they asked for, such as an artisan local bakery.

“Hopefully we’ll get stronger and stronger and develop year on year. There’s a lot of competition in Edinburgh city centre and it gets harder and harder each year, but we’ve got a good focus and we’re going in the right direction.”

Also commenting on the success, Kevin Plant, Operations Director for Scotmid, said: “Stockbridge is the latest offering of our premium black format, which combines smart design with an upmarket range and strong focus on delicious local produce. We’re delighted that the store has been recognised for its consistently high standards and its commitment to local suppliers and the community.”