FMI Reveals 2019 Top Store Managers

Four leaders from ShopRite, K-VA-T, Fry’s and Sobeys recognized for their overall leadership
FMI Store Manager
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Four store managers whose talents are reflected in their stores’ strong financial performance and associate mentorship programs, as well as in their actions to create meaningful connections within their communities, were selected as FMI’s 2019 Store Manager Award winners.

The names of the four store managers were revealed at the food industry trade association’s Future Leaders eXperience event taking place this week at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in St. Louis. They are:

Category A (1-49 stores):

Lori Hodgkinson, ShopRite Supermarkets Inc., Croton-on-Hudson, New York

Category B (50-199 stores):

Tim Collins, K-VA-T Food Stores Inc., Pikeville, Ky.

Category C (200+ stores):

Bruce Yeo, Fry’s Food Stores, Chandler, Ariz.

Category D (international):

Niki Scott, Sobeys, Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador

People’s Pick Winner:

Niki Scott, Sobeys, Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador

“This industry thrives because of the people we celebrate today who bring their passion and talents to create unique food experiences for the grocery customer,” said FMI SVP of Member Services Dagmar Farr in a release. “They are the heart of the grocery store—motivating their employees to create memorable in-store experiences that keep shoppers engaged and coming back for more. Store managers don’t just lead—they lead with purpose, with compassion and with a special dedication to their communities.”

FMI’s 2019 Store Manager Award winners were awarded a $1,000 prize and a crystal keepsake award. In addition, FMI hosted the fifth annual People’s Pick contest, which garnered more than 13,000 votes. The People’s Pick contest winner receives a special trophy and $500 to celebrate their store’s employees.



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