The Association of Convenience Stores has created a new trophy in recognition of popular independent retailer Raj Aggarwal who succumbed to COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year.
The trophy will be awarded to retailers who have been “exceptional in community retailing and helping their fellow retailers,” ACS said.
James Lowman, ACS chief executive, unveiled the trophy, presenting it to Raj’s widow Sunita Aggarwal.
“We are delighted to be able to create the Raj Aggarwal Trophy to mark Raj’s enormous contribution to the people around him, the community that he served and the retailers that benefitted from his guidance.” He commented.
“We hope that this Trophy will make something positive out of Raj’s legacy for years to come.”
Sunita Aggarwal has asked for the award to be given to retailers that “embody the characteristics that Raj will be remembered for – unwavering commitment to the local community and a willingness to help others,” ACS added in a statement.
With almost four decades of experience in retail, Raj was a leading figure championing the cause of independent. He passed away on 9 April 2020, aged 51.
He was member of the ACS Independent Board.
ACS said the Raj Aggarwal trophy will first be presented to an outstanding community retailer at next year’s Heart of the Community conference in October 2021.