Wednesday, November 08, 2006

National award for newsagent

A local newsagent has beaten off thousands of hopefuls to win a national award. Saltburn Spar owner Mike Gosnay was awarded the accolade of Independent Newsagent of the Year from the Retail Industry Awards. The award pinpoints newsagents with traditional values and those who support their local community. Judges thought an in-store butcher and hot-food counter made Mr Gosnay's store particularly impressive and a hub of the community, offering quality services to customers and supporting local producers. But it was the extensive news section - and the only home delivery service in Saltburn - which was the clincher for the award. Mr Gosnay said: "We are delighted about winning this award. This is a real honour, and I want to especially thank the staff, without whom this would not have been possible, the Saltburn community for their loyal custom and James Hall and Co retail distribution centre for its support." John Hodgson, from James Hall and Co, said: "It is fantastic that Spar stores such as Mike's get the recognition they deserve from the Retail Industry Awards for responding to the community's needs and supplying its quality news service. Spar Saltburn delivers to people across the town, from young families to OAPs, providing an invaluable link to the news, whether it be local stories or international events. "Mike strives for excellence within his store, and it is marvellous to see this rewarded."

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