R Campbell & Sons in Leyburn has been awarded Grocery Retailer of the Year at The Bestway Awards 2023.
Bestway Wholesale, the UK’s largest independent food and drink wholesaler, announced the winners of The Bestway Awards 2023 at a prestigious ceremony at London’s Marriot Hotel on Park Lane.
The awards celebrate outstanding achievements and business successes from Bestway Retail and independent retailers up and down the country. They look to shine a light on those who go above and beyond in providing excellent service to customers.
The judges said Campbell’s was award-winning, family-owned supermarket and world-class wine retailer that has been meeting the needs – and exceeding the expectations – of people who live in, and visit, the Yorkshire Dales since 1868.
The store is owned and run by Kath Campbell, along with store manager, Richard Walker.
The judges added that the store served as a destination store for residents in the surrounding area and beyond, with customers travelling for many miles to enjoy its grocery offering.
The store was also praised for proactively supporting local Yorkshire farmers, artisan, and specialist food manufacturers, while catering equally diligently for the increasingly cosmopolitan tastes of its local customers and visitors.
The judges added: “The store has one of the widest selection of wines in the region, an impressive selection of spirits and ales and a thriving Wine Club. Its traditional butchers pride itself on sourcing local and rare breeds’ meat, and its delicatessen and cheese counters offer exceptional selections of local, national and international products.”
Bestway Wholesale, Managing Director, Dawood Pervez, said: “I would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Kath, Richard and the team on winning this award as the store is a beacon to all independent grocery retailers. As one of Wensleydale’s oldest businesses, Campbell’s is a supermarket which is absolutely at the heart of its local community.
“Here at Bestway Wholesale we have a profound commitment to growing together and supporting the local communities we serve, and retailers such as Kath and her team are a shining example of how we can make that possible, both now and in the future.”
Speaking of her win, Kath said: “I’m overwhelmed to be awarded Grocery Retailer of the Year at the Bestway Awards for our store. When we found out we had been nominated for this, we were over the moon that our store had been recognised as one of the best independent grocery retailers in the country.
“To then win the category against such strong competition was incredibly humbling and we are truly delighted. For us, this award gives credit to all of our store team members, our suppliers, and our loyal customers.”