Finnish store crowned the world’s best supermarket

"It is wonderful that we have received such international recognition" says retailer Markku Hautala.

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File picture showing interior of K-Market Järvenpää / Credit: Kesko

A K-Citymarket in Järvenpää has been named the world’s best supermarket at an awards ceremony in London.

There were seven finalists in their category among 750 nominated grocery stores from 20 different countries.

The Järvenpää store was nominated in the summer, and claimed victory at the International Grocery Distribution IDG awards on Thursday night.

Organisers say the top prize was given to a retailer who managed to create an innovate and original store which improves the shopping experience for the customers.

“I am proud of our achievement! It’s thanks to all the staff at the store. The fact that such a small business from a small town like Järvenpää in small remote country thrives internationally at best-in-the-world competition, that’s the top notch thing!” says retailer Markku Hautala.

“We have spent a lot of time and resources developing our trade and are passionate about
everything we do, even to the smallest detail. That is why it is wonderful that we have received such international recognition and have been selected as the world’s best grocery store” he explains.

The beaten finalists included supermarkets from the USA, Brazil, Ireland and Switzerland.