From left, Samantha Rideout, representing award sponsor The Chronicle Herald, presents the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association’s emerging convenience store operator of the year award to Chad Howatt, on behalf of Howatt’s Shell in Borden-Carleton while Mike Hammoud, ACSA president, looks on. Submitted photo
A number of P.E.I. convenience stores were honoured during the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association’s fifth annual Retail Convenience Awards Gala.
Twenty-one finalists vied for excellence in seven categories. An independent panel of judges selected the winners from the over 80 nominations that were received.
Chad and Nic Howatt of Howatt’s Shell in Borden-Carleton were named emerging convenience store operator of the year. The other finalists in this category were Troy Santer, Needs 4431, Souris, P.E.I. and Kim Dixon, Wagmatcook Gas Bar, Wagmatcook, N.S.
The P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission received the industry partner (regulatory) award. The other finalists in this category were Environmental Health P.E.I. and Atlantic Lottery Corporation.
The winner of the independent convenience store operator of the year award for 2013 was Fred Saoud of Big General Store in Halifax. The other finalists in the category were Mike Leblanc of Mike’s Drive Thru & Convenience in Amherst and Soroush Yazdani of Downtown Convenience in Charlottetown.
The corporate operator of the year award was presented to Margie Boone of Kenmount Corner Store in St. John’s. The other finalists in this category were Cathy Colbert, Needs 0308 in Mt. Pearl, NL and Sharon Miller, Needs 4554/Shell 12327 in Truro.
The industry partner award was presented to PepsiCo Beverages Canada. Runners-up in this category were Nestle Canada Inc., and TRA Atlantic.
The nominees in the innovative beverage category were Tummy Tickler and BellyWashers, DEWmocracy Canada, and Red Bull Editions. Red Bull Editions was voted the 2013 winner.
The innovative product finalists were snus, Fresh Attitude Kits and Nestlé Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters. The award was presented to Nestlé Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters.
“All of the finalists are winners in my book," said Mike Hammoud, president of the ACSA.
The Atlantic Convenience Stores Association represents the 3,400 stores operating in the four provinces of Atlantic Canada and the 22,000 people these stores employ.
The gala was sponsored by Atlantic Lottery.