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The store began retailing in 1959 with Paddy McCabe and his wife Margaret. Sadly, Paddy died in 1980 leaving Margaret to run the store with her five children. Margaret’s eldest daughter Hilary and sons Leo and Brian helped their mother through the 80’s and 90’s which were tough years. In 2000 Margaret retired and her youngest son Oliver returned from Australia. In September 2004 Oliver McCabe transformed Select Stores from a greengrocer into a nutritious health food store/cafe/juice bar/deli. He did this with his family whilst still keeping the shop open to customers. It took two weeks with lots of hard work and praying from Mrs McCabe and family. It worked.
Leo McCabe looks after the neighbouring Select Stores Fuel Merchants and McCabes Oil with a large variety of eco home fuels and oil.
Youngest daughter Mairead McCabe now works front of house at Select Stores assisting customer queries and service.
Select Stores can offer the customer a gateway and guidance to optimum nutrition with the odd joke and giggle thrown in so it’s not so serious.
Now in business over 50 years, Select Stores has become known as the “Hub” of Dalkey town.
In 2005 it won Best Retail Outlet in the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown area. Recently, Select Stores Dalkey has been featured on RTE’s ‘Nationwide’ and ‘Capital D’ shows plus TV3s ‘Ireland AM’ and ‘Xpose’ shows. Bridgestone awarded the business ‘Best Wholefood Shop’ in 2009 – 2014.
Top International Nutritionist and Author Patrick Holford appeared at The 2nd Dalkey Book Festival on Friday June 17th on behalf of Select Stores Dalkey. He spoke about his latest book ‘The Feel Good Factor’ for 2 hours at the Dalkey Heritage Centre and had a book signing at Select Stores. Earlier that day Patrick and Oliver spoke together on RTE Radio 1 ‘Today with Pat Kenny’. All events were sold out. Clodagh McKenna and Dorcas Barry also appeared at the Festival giving Food Demos at Writers Corner.
In May 2011 Oliver was invited to write for Irish Parent Magazine on issues that tackle parents day to day with their children on the subject of health and nutrition.
In January 2013 Select Stores was awarded Best in Dublin for local high quality artisan foods by Sunday Times Food Magazine.
In June 2013 Select Stores have organised the first health author event ‘HEALTH ON THE HILL’ at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel with Patrick Holford, Bernadette Bohan and Dr. Marilyn Glenville as part of Dalkey Book Festival with David McWIlliams.
Select Stores Dalkey chosen charities are Irish Cancer Society, Barnardos, Crumlin Children’s Hospital and Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
Select Stores is still seen as the local greengrocer with a good nose job. On the menu is an ever changing variety of delicious omelettes, homemade soups and stews, hearty salads and wraps that call out for a tuck-in.Check out the All Natural Juice Bar where juices and smoothies are made freshly in front of you. However, the gym bunnies flock for the delicious Green juices (the best in Ireland). Whipped up in front of you, it is clear from the taste that this company is all about the excellent quality ingredients. When you walk through the doors you will soon find out that there is something fresh and exciting around every corner.
Stay for an organic fairtrade coffee and spelt raspberry muffin or stay for lunch and have a Peach My Ass smoothie with Falafel hummus sweet onion marmalade wholemeal pitta.
Follow that by doing a bit of relaxed shopping in the store, buy your seasonal fruit and veg or step outside for the organic produce. Oliver loves to chat and you can pick his brains about any health/nutrition question or anything you need to know about health and practitioners in the local area. If its nuts and seeds or baby food or supplements you need, we have it under one roof and if we don’t, we’ll do our darndest to get it for you.
Our Core Values
- Selling quality natural and organic products available. We appreciate and celebrate the difference that natural and organic products can make in the quality of one’s life. We have high standards and our goal is to sell the highest quality products we possibly can.
- We define quality by evaluating the ingredients, freshness, safety, taste, nutritive values and appearance of all of the products we carry. We are buying for our customers needs, well-being and health.
- It’s about quality not quantity.