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The Bend, Ore., Chamber of Commerce recognized community-based independent grocer Newport Ave. Market with the “Large Business of the Year award” at its 25th Anniversary SAGE Awards Gala.
“The SAGE Awards honor the very best business achievements in our community,” said Robin Rogers, spokesperson for the Bend Chamber of Commerce. “The success of the SAGE Award winners is a true testament to their dedication, ingenuity, and vision.”
The Large Business of the Year SAGE award recognizes a local for-profit business that has a strong community presence and exemplary operational successes in areas such as sound business planning, fiscal responsibility, community involvement and customer service philosophy. It must have more than 31 employees, be financially stable and operational for a minimum of three years, with strong business ethics and integrity and demonstrate work process innovation in operating the business.
Rudy Dory, Newport’s CEO, along with daughter Lauren G.R. Johnson, COO, accepted the award on behalf of the grocer and its staff. “We are absolutely thrilled to be honored with the Large Business of the Year award this year,” said Johnson.
Family-owned since 1976, Newport Avenue Market has been voted “Best of Central Oregon” 15 times by The Source Weekly; awarded “Top 50 Retailer” by The Gourmet Retailer; “Leadership in Composting Award” by the Oregon Refuse & Recycling Association; “Deli of Distinction” by Boar’s Head; “Business of the Year” by the Bend Chamber of Commerce; “Overall Outstanding Operator, Single-Store” by Progressive Grocer Independent (PGI); and most recently, Lauren G.R. Johnson was honored among Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery.