Applegreen has won the NACS Insight 2016 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award for its recently opened M1 Lisburn Motorway Service Area in Northern Ireland.

The award, sponsored by Accenture, was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 9 at this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala.

Top 50 Indie Applegreen’s M1 Lisburn has a floor area of 16,000sq ft with seating for 300 customers. With food becoming a main focus in convenience retailing, it provides six foodservice options including a Chopstix Noodle Bar, Subway, Burger King, Greggs and Applegreen’s proprietary Bakewell concept, which includes the Eat Smart range of products, focusing on the use of clean and natural ingredients without additives and preservatives.

The site also features a new Lavazza Coffee Bar, a concept designed and led by Applegreen in partnership with Lavazza. The Coffee Bar occupies a much larger space in comparison with other traditional coffee offers in a similar setting, as well as soft lighting and intimate seating areas.

The award judges agreed that Applegreen’s M1 Lisburn site displayed an excellent and effective use of space, as well as a great mix of proprietary and branded food concepts.