Australia’s best servo has been named at the Australian Association of Convenience Stores 2024 Gala awards, with APCO Alfredton in Ballarat, Victoria, taking out the prestigious award.

The 24/7 service station was awarded Overall Store of the Year at the AACS Gala, while also being crowned Independent Store of the Year.

AACS CEO Theo Foukkare congratulated APCO Alfredton retailers Olivia and Ivor Riesewyk on their win.

“This really is the biggest honour in our industry, especially when you consider there are more than 7,000 convenience stores across Australia.

“For Olivia and Ivor to snag both independent of the year and store of the year is just phenomenal and I think their regular customers in Ballarat, as well as those just stopping by, all know just how great of an operation they’re running.

“Quality food and coffee is paramount in the modern convenience store and APCO Alfredton now proudly owns the title of Australia’s best servo.”

Mt Foukkare said there were several reasons why APCO Alfredton took out two top AACS awards.

“APCO Alfredton offers a terrific combination of an IGA X-press in-store with very competitive pricing for everyday supermarket grocery items, and there’s also an expanded fresh food offering, including deli and gourmet foods,” he said.

“Then you’ve got the APCO Cafe24-7 Barista Coffee bar and café quality foods and it’s all within reach of the growing new residential hub of Ballarat.

APCO Cafe24-7, which operates in stores across the nation also won the top prize for Excellence in Food and Coffee Offer Development., with Mr Foukkare congratulating APCO Directors Robert and Peter Anderson on the win.

“APCO really did dominate this year’s AACS Gala and in an industry that is ever-evolving to meet the needs of the modern customer that’s a huge gong, especially when you consider just how much Aussies love quality coffee and wholesome, tasty food and great customer service,” Mr Foukkare said.

Theo Foukkare is available for interview on 0423 003 133

APCO’s Jess Guareschi can also be contacted on 0428 233 457 to arrange interviews with the winners

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