Store manager

Jonesborough store manager named to Young Innovators list

Enya McAteer, Managing Director of Mulkerns SPAR, Jonesborough has been named to a prestigious national list of 30 under 30 retailers across the UK.

Enya is one of only two from Northern Ireland to make the inaugural list produced by RN Magazine.

Described as “the young innovators shaping the future of independent convenience retail,” the list is a first for the popular publication that sought to find and celebrate the next generation of independent retailers; “those who took the initiative and took advantage of new opportunities in an ever-changing industry,” said RN 30 Under 30 editor-in-chief Charles Whitting.

Enya, who recently won the Convenience Rising Star award at the Convenience Awards in London, has been described as a strategist in the list, using data from sales and order analysis to inform new stock orders and create plans. six-month strategies for the Company.

Commenting on her success, Enya said; “The past two years have been a whole new learning experience, and as store managers who have had to change things overnight, we’ve had to think on our feet. It’s retail, and it’s knowing who your customer is and what they want and expect from their local store.

“Working as an independent retailer with the Mulkerns family has improved my career tremendously. They trusted me with their Jonesborough store and alongside my team we rose to the challenge and delivered. I’m so proud of our store and our team, and really proud to be on RN’s 30 Under 30 list among some of the best independent retailers in the UK.

And as the list celebrates the stars of the future, Paddy Doody, director of sales and marketing at Henderson Group, owner of the SPAR brand in Northern Ireland, says retailers are making the difference here and now.

Paddy commented; “Enya is one of the store managers who went above and beyond for her local community when she needed her local stores the most. Independent retailing in Northern Ireland is the standard to beat across the UK – it was only recently that the Mulkerns team took home no less than six awards at national awards ceremonies in London. They set the bar alongside their peers here, and Enya’s place on this list is more than deserved. Congratulations!”

RN’s 30 Under 30 supplement is available for reading with the November issue of RN Magazine, on sale now.