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    ShopRite Top Retail Employer in N.Y.’s Capital Region

    Managers also singled out for excellence

    A recent survey from the Albany Times Union lists ShopRite Supermarkets (SRS) as the top retail workplace in New York state’s Capital Region, and second overall among all companies with more than 500 employees in the area. SRS operates four ShopRite locations in the area, out of a total 32 stores in New York and New Jersey.

    The newspaper revealed the results of its annual “Top Workplaces” survey on Sunday, April 21, just two weeks after the grand opening of ShopRite’s Colonie, N.Y., store -- the chain’s fourth store to open in the past 18 months.

    In conducting the survey, the Times Union and its project partner, Workplace Dynamics, asked companies with at least 35 workers in the Capital Region to have their employees grade their workplace. The employers were then ranked based on the employee responses.

    Tom Urtz, SRS VP of human resources and community affairs, said that “it’s because of our fantastic team of Capital Region employees that ShopRite is a great place to work. Their dedication to our customers and each other is second to none, and they deserve all the credit.”

    ShopRite, the only unionized supermarket in the region, additionally received special recognition as the Standout Performer in the Managers category.

    According to the Times Union, ShopRite employees cited flexible scheduling, a family atmosphere, opportunities for growth and a strong sense of purpose among the reasons they enjoyed working for the company. Associates also noted the store’s policy of providing them with free Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) bus passes, which can be used to get to work or other destinations.

    “The Capital Region has greeted the return of ShopRite with open arms, both in terms of support among area shoppers, and the fantastic team of employees we have been able to hire,” added Urtz. “We couldn’t be more optimistic about our future.”

    ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a Keasbey, N.J.-based retailer-owned cooperative with nearly 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.

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