Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. It’s a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and British.
The past week however it was visited by another group of rulers. In Maltese one would call them “Zokkor tal-Kavallieri” meaning “Knights of the Sugar”. In native Tzaneenese however, we know them as Stjohn Clegg and Lino “Sugarman” De Carvalho.
For the second time in the past three years, team OK Sugarhill Mini Mark blew away the competition to be named the best OK Minimarket store in the OK Foods, the retail division of Shoprite Checkers, franchise during their annual conference held in Malta.
Zokkor is Maltese for sugar. It is also the sound of applause when pronounced phonetically, and that is exactly what filled the conference hall in Malta, on Saturday evening, the 8th of September when OK Sugarhill Mini Mart took top honours in their category.
That’s right, Tzaneen’s favourite convenience shopping hub, OK Sugarhill Mini Mark, is the best in the country. The store known for its great range of grocery items, clean aisles and welcoming counter staff, is now officially the flagship Mini Mart in the retail group.
This follows the recent regional nominations which saw OK Sugarhill take top spot above all 112 stores in the Northern Division. This means that this afternoon when you greet those friendly ladies behind the counter, you are doing so inside the best OK Mini Mark store in the country. And it is right here, in this tiny farming town.
The victory came as no surprise with the management team and staff being known for their friendly, efficient service under the leadership of renowned retailer, Lino de Carvalho. The award followed closely on their achievement last year when Sugarhill was crowned the best of the best in St Petersburg, Russia. Bulletin congratulates our very own Sugarman and his team on this fantastic achievement. We are proud to be associated with the Sugar group and wish Lino, Stjohn, Hannelie and the rest of their team only the best for the coming year.