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    Stew Leonard's Named 2008 Retailer of the Year by Conn. Trade Group

    The Connecticut Retail Merchants Association (CRMA) said Friday it has named Stew Leonard's its 2008 Retailer of the Year.

    The Connecticut Retail Merchants Association (CRMA) said Friday it has named Stew Leonard's its 2008 Retailer of the Year.

    "[Stew Leonard's] are a great Connecticut retailer, and have achieved tremendous success by consistently working at giving their customers the best shopping experience, along with outstanding value and first-rate customer service," said CMRA president Tim Phelan. “In addition, their contributions to the community are marked by the countless causes they support and the high visibility in the markets they are in.”

    CRMA will present the award to Stew Leonard Jr. at the trade group’s annual awards luncheon scheduled for Nov. 13 at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford. Before that event CRMA will host a legislative panel discussion at the same location with four legislative leaders. Leonard plans to give a short speech at the luncheon about the three most important things he's learned about retailing.

    CRMA gave out its first Connecticut Retailer of the Year award in 1996. By a peer nomination and review process, the trade group chooses a retailer that delivers excellent marketing, customer service, employee relations, and community service.

    CRMA is a statewide trade association with 350 members that operate more than 2,000 stores in the state.

    Norwalk, Conn.-based Stew Leonard's operates four stores in Norwalk, Danbury, and Newington, Conn., and Yonkers, N.Y.

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