Three forecourt stores are among the sites shortlisted by Budgens for its ‘Store of the Year’ 2015.

Stores are judged in four categories – small, medium and large store and community store of the year, with an additional award for the overall winner.

Two of the three stores selected for the shortlist for the Best Small Store (below 2,500sq ft) are on forecourts – Broadstairs in Kent and New Quarry at Cirencester in Gloucestershire owned by Top 50 Indie Simon Smith Group.

And three-strong shortlist for the Best Medium Store (2,500 – 4,500sq ft) includes Nailsea, near Bristol.

Mike Baker, Budgens director, said: “It’s great to see so many stores keen to enter our awards and it’s fantastic to hear so many stories of success. The shortlisting process wasn’t easy, there were many hours of consideration and, at times, some hot debate, but I’m confident we’ve put the right stores through to the final round.”

Independent retail consultant Scott Annan will complete the final round of judging next month and the winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner during the Budgens conference in September. Each category winner will receive a trophy plus a cash prize of £1,500, and the overall Store of The Year winner will also receive a grand prize of £3,000.