Derry shop owners celebrating 20 years of family business

Colm and Oonagh McGinley, who run McGinley’s SPAR on the Buncrana Road, are celebrating being part of the SPAR family for 20 years.

The pair began as licensees for Burmah Fuel, purchasing their premises in 1996 and have continued to serve their community with fellow family business, Henderson Group since 2002.

They began their journey with Hendersons as VG, developing the site over the years and changing to a ViVO store, before later becoming a SPAR in 2007. The store has been continually growing, with over £1 million being invested throughout the years.

The biggest development occurred in 2016 when the store was expanded from 1300 sq. ft to the 3500 sq. ft unit that it operates from today. The expansion has allowed the store to provide more quality products and the highest customer service to their local community.

Colm and Oonagh McGinley celebrating with their staff members Donna Gillespie, Leo Nicholl, Luke McLaughlin, Fontaine Porter and Shauna McElhinney.

The McGinley’s take great pride in their business, and Colm says their local community is right at the heart of their store. He said: “Running the local SPAR for 20 years creates close relationships with our local shoppers, who we know by name and love to offer a personal experience to everyone that comes through the doors.”

Oonagh McGinley said: “It is fantastic to reach this milestone of 20 years as a SPAR store, serving the local community, which we love playing such a part in. We have a brilliant team here working with us and that’s something we appreciate a lot as many have been with us on this journey since the beginning.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to improve our business and how we serve the community, and we pride ourselves on doing the best we can for our local customers, we have plans for further exciting redevelopments to make our store even better and we hope these will be completed early 2023, so shoppers can look forward to many more exciting things to come for this store.”

The store offers an extensive range to local shoppers, delivering a substantial fresh offering from a host of local suppliers, two Barista Bar coffee machines, Coke and Fanta ice blast machines and F’real shakes and smoothies, as well as being a Hermes agent and a hub for the family’s own oil business.

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Colm and Oonagh McGinley with Sharon Kernohan, Henderson Wholesale Business Development Manager, celebrating being part of the SPAR family for 20 years.

An essential part of McGinley’s SPAR Derry is the food-to-go offering. They offer the highest quality and range of hot food in-store with their Deli, which can be picked up on the go or enjoyed in the store’s relaxing upstairs seating area.