Spar has scooped first and second place in Robert Wiseman Dairies’ Neighbourhood Shop of the Year Awards.

The overall winner was Spar’s Gretna store, owned and managed by Keith and Jacqui Jackson. The family-run 18,000 sq ft store has 20 staff and serves 7,000 customers per week.

For the first time in the Awards seven-year history a runner-up was also chosen - Spar’s Capper & Co store in Tonyrefail, South Wales - managed by Lesley Male and Cheryl Creese.

The stores were picked out of 60 finalists from five British regions stretching from the north of Scotland to Wales and the South-West.