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LONDON — Brothers Zuber and Mohsin Issa, co-CEOs of Euro Garages, have jointly been named the 2016 NACS Insight European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year.
The award — sponsored by PepsiCo Inc. — will be presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe on June 9 in London.
Based in the United Kingdom, the Issa brothers founded Euro Garages in 2001 with the acquisition of a single gas station. By purchasing underperforming sites and redeveloping them, the brothers established Euro Garages as one of the U.K.'s fastest-growing forecourt operators, becoming known for their innovative approach to forecourt trading and establishing high-profile partnerships with BP, Esso, Shell, Starbucks, Subway, Burger King, Greggs and Spar.
Judges said the Issa brothers are demonstrating convenience industry leadership across the European market. Through their successful growth and acquisitions strategy, the retail firm is redefining the customer experience by bringing multiple brands under one umbrella to create a single stop for exceptional foodservice, c-store merchandise and fuel. This strategy allows Euro Garages to cater to multiple customer bases through innovation in various dayparts.
"I am delighted that Zuber and Mohsin Issa have won this award, which recognizes that progress in our sector is often driven by the energies, determination and vision of individual leaders," said Dan Munford, managing director of NACS Insight. "The Euro Garages U.K. story began with a single gas station. Hundreds of store openings and many new-to-industry site builds later, the Issa brothers are positioned for an even more exciting European and international future."
As winners of the European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year award, Euro Garages will deliver the keynote address at the awards event in June, in which the brothers will share the company's core business principles, operational execution and key trends impacting today's convenience retail industry landscape.
"PepsiCo congratulates Mohsin and Zuber for winning the prestigious European Convenience Leader of the Year award," added Angus MacDonald, vice president of sales, PepsiCo U.K. and Ireland. "Through their vision and entrepreneurship, the Issa brothers are transforming the convenience retail market into a one-stop shop for European consumers and global brands."
Now in its third year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professional from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections.
This year's event kicks off in Stockholm on June 5 and wraps up in Dublin on June 11. At the June 9 awards event in London, honorees will also be announced in the following categories: International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award, European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award, and European Technology Implementation Retailer of the Year.