Dunshaughlin is one of five finalists in Ireland’s friendliest place competition at the National Retail Excellence Awards

Dunshaughlin retailers were assessed by mystery shoppers testing retail standards in the town and judged on how friendly they were to customers.

The businesses included in testing were SuperValu, Tara News, Haven Pharmacy Kavanagh’s, The Parcel Concierge and Sweet Planet Home Bakery.

“The standard was very high this year as all retailers are working so hard to make a strong recovery post pandemic,” a Retail excellence Ireland said.

Ireland’s Friendliest Place Award first began in 2016 to reward businesses promoting a friendly environment for consumers.

Meath County Council’s Local Enterprise Office has been driving financial and advisory support to the retail sector in Meath throughout periods of restrictions.

Each County and City Council is invited to enter their city, town or village into this award where up to a maximum of 10 stores in each place will be audited using the same criteria as the National Store of the Year Award. The three places with the highest average score are deemed finalists. The Top 3 finalist places are invited to attend the Retail Excellence Awards Ceremony where Ireland’s Friendliest Place will be announced.

The Final Awards event will take place virtually in November 2021 to reveal Ireland’s friendliest town.

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