Marshchapel Stores has won the Blakemore Wholesale Regional Store of the Year competition. Marshchapel Stores are the winning store in the region covered by the Blakemore Grimsby depot, which stretches from Bridlington to Sleaford and as far West as Scunthorpe. Rob and Brenda Joynson bought the store in 2007 and have used Blakemore as their main supplier since 2010. They won £1,000 plus £500 for Marshchapel First Responders.
The store serves the communities of Marshchapel, Grainthorpe and North Cotes and provides employment for 8 local people
Rob Joynson said: “Although the most important judges of our performance are our customers, it is good to be appreciated by other people in our business. The recognition is the most important aspect of the prize but, at a time when banks are unwilling to offer assistance, the £1,000 is also very welcome.
“This is especially good timing as we have just committed to nearly £20,000 of new refrigeration for the store.”
Marshchapel Stores is now one of nine regional winners that will be judged for the Blakemore National Store of the Year.
Several customers have given video testimonials to help in the next part of the competition these include –
Local Councillor Edward Mossop who said: “It’s essential that we keep our community facilities going and to be able to have a convenience store in a village is quite a rare luxury these days and we’re very fortunate that we have a high quality store in Marshchapel.”
Customer Stacey Bostock said: “It’s my local shop. I live just down the road and they have everything I require. Anything I need coming home from work I just pop in and I know they’re going to have it. It’s brilliant. The staff are fantastic, the management are fantastic, they make you feel at home – it’s not just like shopping.”
Customer Marty Cooke said: “Great convenience store. You can come in here and get everything you want and it’s on my doorstep. It’s brilliant. I find it very easy to just come in here, get what I want, go home, it’s done.”
Poctured at the presentation of a plaque, and a £1,000 cheque are Paddy O’Connor (Blakemore, Grimsby Depot Manager), Steve Nelson (Blakemore National Sales Manager), Brenda and Rob Joynson (who own Marshchapel Stores) and Tony Bromwich (Blakemore Sales Director).