Ramsden’s Fiveways is ‘top of the shops’
Ramsdens Today’s Fiveways staff celebrate the award. Inset, Andy Taylor.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 10 Apr 2018
A CLEETHORPES convenience store has been voted top of the shops in a prestigious national industry awards ceremony.
Ramsdens Today’s Extra at Fiveways was given the Symbol Store of the Year award at the Today’s Group annual dinner in Liverpool attended by more than 500 group members and supplier partners.
The store is operated by the Ramsden Group, an employer of more than 200 in North East Lincolnshire, and since opening at the site in late 2016, has become a regular outlet for thousands of local residents.
Andy Taylor, retail director, said the award was recognition for the huge amount of hard work and investment by the company and its retail team to convert the unit from a dated corner shop into a vibrant convenience store.
It took on neighbouring premises, expanding to the planning limit before Sunday trading laws become an issue.
He said: “The Fiveways store opened in 2016 after some major re-structuring and refurbishment of the premises. Since then, it has become as much a community hub as a retail point and is also ‘home’ to a hugely popular Subway.
“We have an excellent team on site and we have even established links with local schools, introducing a successful World of Food programme to show children where our food comes from and how it gets to our dinner table. This year, Fiveways will be working again with a local school focussing on how we handle packaging waste and in particular the very topical issue of plastic waste.”
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At the same awards ceremony, Ramsden Group’s Dee Bee Wholesale was highly commended in the Retailer of the Year category.
Having served stores from the Adam Smith Street base in Grimsby for years, it returned to Hull after a 25 year absence in 2016, adding a drinks business late last year and equipping depots with the latest in pick and pack technology. Fiveways opened in the wake of the superstore closure directly up Park Street, on Cleethorpe Road. It is in the process of being demolished to make way for a new retail park, with Ramsdens working with pan-Humber developer Wykeland on the proposal.
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