Forecourt stores from the UK and Ireland are vying to be crowned International Convenience Retailer of the Year 2013.

The awards are organised by Insight Research in the UK and NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) in the US.

The first stage is an on-line voting process, for retailers and industry suppliers only, and the stores with the highest votes will go through to the final which will be held in London in September.

Symonds Retail has entered its store at Wells, Somerset, winner of Forecourt Trader of the Year 2012. Also from England is Parkfoot Garage, a Spar store at West Malling, Kent, which was featured in last month’s Forecourt Trader.

Another Spar store, Spar Brackenvale, is in Belfast, Northern Ireland, while Sandyford Service Station is a Maxol site in Dublin in the Irish Republic.

See the story on our website for details on how to vote.