A MUSSELBURGH store has scooped a string of accolades at the Scottish Local Retailer Rewards.

Dan Brown, 28, the driving force behind the award-winning Nisa Pinkie Farm Convenience Store, was named Scottish Local Retailer of the Year at the recent ‘virtual’ award ceremony.

The outlet on Moray Way also won the Food to Go Retailer of the Year and Scottish Brands Retailer of the Year titles.

It was also highly commended for the Chill, Fresh and Frozen Retailer of the Year award and a finalist for Community Involvement Retailer of the Year and Best Refit of the Year at the awards, run by Scottish Local Retailer Magazine.

Mr Brown, a Musselburgh resident, said: “We’re exceptionally proud of our fantastic team, as these awards are a direct reflection of the hard work they put in every single day. We would also like to thank our incredible suppliers for all of their help through this challenging year, and, last but not least, all of our amazing customers for their continued support.”

Mr Brown made history after becoming the youngest person ever to be appointed president of the Scottish Grocers’ Federation last year, taking on the reins as the convenience sector grapples with the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus crisis.

His inauguration as the youngest president in the organisation’s 102-year history took place during a virtual meeting of the SGF national executive.

His presidency will focus on supporting retailers and maximising the opportunities provided by the new customer appetite for shopping locally.

Mr Brown, who grew up in Kinross, will formally receive the chain of office at the SGF annual conference, scheduled for April, and will serve a two-year term.

In 2018, he was given the opportunity to become managing director of Lothian Stores Ltd, which operates Musselburgh’s Pinkie Farm Convenience Store, where he can be found most days. Mr Brown was appointed to the national executive board for the Scottish Grocers Federation in late 2018.