Crescent Head's FoodWorks has been crowned Australian United Retailer's (AUR) NSW/ACT Local Store of the Year at the 2023 AUR Store Excellence Awards.
The award win is in recognition of the store and its staff's contribution to the local community.
Crescent Head FoodWorks is a member of AUR which has a network of more than 560 supermarkets and food and convenience stores Australia-wide.
Manager Rachel Fathers and staff member Sue Coren believe the recent extensive renovations of their store set Crescent Head's FoodWorks apart from other nominees.
"From the very old, dated looking shop and the effort that went into it has just changed it," said Ms Fathers.
They say the renovation was hard work but it paid off with this recognition.
"Huge effort but it's all worth it," said Ms Fathers.
"We're particularly proud of our outdoor facade when you drive up to Crescent and stop at the roundabout, it's the first thing you see and it's very beautiful," said Ms Coren.
"A lot of thought went into making it local."
Ms Coren says she receives positive comments from shoppers about the selection provided.
"They're surprised about how much we can fit in," she said.
"There's an Asian food section, vegan, gluten free... a lot of thought goes into it, they've built this up and they should be really proud."
Owner Kelly Smith says the award is a "wonderful recognition" of her team's hard work.
"After being named a finalist for this award on numerous occasions in recent years, it was so exciting to tell the team we had actually won," she said.
"We are lucky to be part of a fantastic community that supports our business and values having an independent, locally owned supermarket in town."
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