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Delhaize Group has chosen Michael Rondenelli, manager of the Herkimer, N.Y., Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy, as its Store Manager of the Year for 2015. Rondenelli was selected from among the 3,500 store managers in Delhaize’s six-country footprint.
The annual award honors outstanding performance as demonstrated by store leadership, operational excellence, people management, financial performance and upholding company values. In addition to his store manager duties, Rondenelli is known for his charitable activities and championing of local causes.
Earlier this year, Hannaford named Rondenelli the Ronald C. Hodge Retailer of the Year from among the chain’s store managers in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.
“This is truly a great accomplishment,” noted Delhaize Group President and CEO Frans Muller, who bestowed the award via video link at a recent event. “Michael, you give the best of yourself every day, and you are known for your great leadership, positive attitude and excellent customer service.”
The award marks the second year in a row that a Hannaford store manager has earned the company-wide honor. Michael Carrier, who manages Hannaford’s Londonderry, N.H., supermarket, garnered the recognition for 2014.
Scarborough, Maine-based Hannaford operates 189 stores in five northeast states, employing more than 27,000 associates.