APCO Directors, Robert, Peter, Ron and Margaret Anderson, along with APCO Wangaratta retailers Brett and Karen Anderson are pleased to have their service station named the Asia-Pacific Convenience Store of the Year by NACS.
APCO is a member of the Australian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS), who in turn is a member of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) based in the United States. NACS segment the global retailers into two zones – the Asia Pacific Region and the European Regions. The Asia Pacific region includes all of Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand.
AACS runs an annual competition to identify the latest in store formats, retail innovation and brand development to identify the best Australian Convenience Retailer. The judging criteria is aligned with the NACS Global criteria to ensure consistency of the process. In March 2022, APCO Wangaratta was awarded the Australian Convenience Retailer of the Year award, which automatically enters them into the NACS Asia Pacific Convenience Retailer of the Year Award. The awards are held at the NACS APAC Convenience Retail Summit which were held in Singapore on 20 July. This year, there were over 15 entries into this award category, and the judging panel selects three finalists.
Australian retailers were strongly represented with two of the three finalists positions, which is a testament to the transformational journey of the traditional service station into a destination for the local community providing everyday essential products, grocery items, food for now and food for later, barista coffee to name a few of the services they provide.
APCO Wangaratta is known as “the friendliest and easiest place to shop on your block in Wangaratta, we offer customers a great choice – a mix of café ambience and boutique shopping to save time, with amazing value and a quality experience.”
“Our customers are delighted and surprised every day by their shopping experience and guaranteed to satisfy at any time, night and day, 24 hours a day!”
Store owner Brett Anderson said: “We are in shock. We like to provide a good service to our locals and the people who pass through Wangaratta, but we never dreamed we’d be named the best convenience store in Victoria or even Australia, never mind the Asia-Pacific.”
APCO Service Station Director Peter Anderson said: “We are extremely proud to have accepted this award. Brett and Karen are a big part in this because without their passion it would not have happened. But it is also the team everybody at head office retail partners and the last few franchisees we have has played a part.”
APCO Service Station Director Robert Anderson said: “I’m extremely proud of all the team, It is a testament to the collective effort of everyone to share a vision and then bring this to life, and importantly this is a well-deserved Award for Brett and Karen Anderson, our retail partners that pride themselves and passionate on providing an incredible customer experience.”