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    PGI Names Outstanding Independent Retailers

    Winners are named in 11 categories

    By Katie Martin, Progressive Grocer

    Leaders can distinguish themselves in a variety of ways, and this year’s Progressive Grocer Independent’s Outstanding Independents are a diverse group that uses a multitude of methods to succeed.

    The biggest aren’t always the ones on top, as the Outstanding Independents prove. They are managing to foster relationships in their communities and come out on top of their markets, using a variety of strategies to put them head and shoulders above the competition. Whether it’s employing an app that allows customers to scan products as they shop, installing energy-saving lighting to reduce their carbon footprint, or decorating the dairy department like a barn, this year’s crop of winners knows how to reach their target consumers.

    The winners are some of the best in the nation in the category in which they are honored and all offer valuable ideas that can be applied to retailers of any size or in any region.

    This year’s winners were honored last night at the NGA Show in Las Vegas, and will be featured in the February issue of Progressive Grocer Independent.

    Congratulations to this year’s winners!

    Outstanding Single-Store Operator:

    • Dorignac’s Food Center, Metairie, La.

    Outstanding Multi-Store Operator:

    • Super King Markets, Los Angeles


    • Dorothy Lane Markets, Dayton, Ohio
    • Walla Walla Harvest Foods, Walla Walla, Wash.

    Center Store:

    • Nugget Markets, Woodland, Calif.

    Community Outreach:

    • Best Buy Market, Hanford, Calif.
    • Darrington IGA, Darrington, Wash.


    • Harmon’s, West Valley City, Utah
    • Woods Supermarket, Bolivar, Mo.


    • Karns Quality Foods, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
    • Trig’s, Wausau, Wis.


    • Quality Foods IGA, Schofield, Wis.
    • Sendik’s Market, Whitefish Bay, Wis.


    • Brown’s Super Stores, Westville, N.J.
    • Market of Choice, Eugene, Ore.


    • Niemann Foods, Quincy, Ill.
    • Ravitz Family Market, Cherry Hill, N.J.

    “Wow” Factor:

    • Buehler’s Fresh Foods, Wooster, Ohio
    • Western Markets, Birmingham, Ala.
    By Katie Martin, Progressive Grocer
    • About Katie Martin Katie Martin is the editor-in-chief of Progressive Grocer Independent, in charge of the magazine’s daily operations, including visiting independent grocery stores for the Store of the Month features and working with industry experts to pass along best practices. Katie has more than 15 years of experience covering the retail food industry, previously on the bakery side with Modern Baking magazine, and enjoys covering small business owners and the joy, passion and drive they bring to their work.

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