BARELY a year since opening, the revamped SUPA IGA at Mount Cotton has cleaned up at the annual Queensland and Northern NSW IGA Awards of Excellence.
The store - known among locals for its extensive fromagerie and coffee shop - took out seven awards at the event on the Gold Coast earlier this month.
These included prizes for its dairy/freezer, fresh produce, bakery, meat and delicatessen departments. The store was also named the Queensland SUPA IGA Store of the Year.
Manager Scott Elliot won the Rising Star Award, given to a staff member who displayed outstanding potential and dedication.
"(Scott) has been with the Jones Group for over two years and took on the role of store manager at SUPA IGA Mt Cotton eight months ago," a spokesperson said.
"Although he had never managed a store previously, Scott was able to adapt quickly into the role and drive sales using his skills, experience and vast retail industry knowledge."
Judges described the store as a foodie's paradise, with an in-store nutritionist to help with healthy lifestyle choices and a huge range of products.
Among the aspects recognised were the produce section's offerings of freshly-squeezed juices and the low and slow range and dry aged cabinet in the meat department.
"With an extensive range of speciality artisan breads and rolls, plus your regular loaves, specialty cakes, and yummy treats such as macaroons and doughnuts ... the team always strive to ensure the freshest quality by baking daily, from morning up until the evening trade," the spokesperson said.
The store also carries a fresh pasta selection, assortment of salads and specialty meats in its deli department.
"The highlight of the department is the Fromagerie and self-service cheese cabinet, where there are over 300 different types of cheeses on offer," the spokesperson said.