Scotmid Co-operative has been named Convenience Retailer of the Year at the 2015 Convenience Retail Awards (CRAs).

The store also won the Best Multiple Store for the third consecutive year and Best Customer Service gongs in the awards run by British Baker’s sister titles Convenience Store and The Grocer.

Scotmid’s Moredun store was awarded the Energy Efficient Store of the Year award, its second national award win in the same week, following its success in the Sustainable Retailer of the Year category at the Scottish Grocer Awards on Thursday 12 March 2015.

Scotmid has placed a major focus on its bakery offer of late and has linked up with a number of bakeries north of the border.

Craig McAulay, Stockbridge store manager, said: “I’m absolutely gobsmacked. It’s a great achievement for the store, myself and Scotmid as a whole and I think it’s been a big team effort right throughout the whole year. I think we won because we’re trying to give something different to the customers, and we’ve given them what they asked for, such as an artisan local bakery.”

Kevin Plant, operations director for Scotmid, said: “Stockbridge is the latest offering of our premium black format, which combines smart design with an upmarket range and strong focus on delicious local produce. We’re delighted that the store has been recognised for its consistently high standards and its commitment to local suppliers and the community.”

Scotmid’s Stephen Brown, local sourcing and diversification manager, will be live during British Baker’s webinar this Thursday, discussing the reasons behind the c-store chain’s decision to join up with craft bakery chains in Scotland. Sign up here to listen to Brown and other industry professionals for the latest in bakery retail, as well as your chance to question them.