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Congratulations to our 2017 IGA International Retailers of the Year!

The IGA 2017 International Retailer of the Year Awards were bestowed upon the IGA retailers from around the world who, based on IGA’s globally applied standards, have achieved exemplary excellence in retailing and advancement of the IGA Brand.



IGA USA International Retailer of the Year
Kurt Rodhe
Rodhe's IGA Marketplace

Millersburg, Ohio
Serviced by: Merchants Distributors, LLC
Read Rodhe's perspective in the Independent View

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Kurt Rodhe is a third generation IGA retailer, making Rodhe’s IGA one of the longest standing IGA stores in the world. For the past 83 years the Rodhe family has been redefining the grocery experience in Millersburg, Ohio by anticipating shoppers’ evolving needs and exceeding expectations. In keeping with their tradition of progressive retailing, Kurt recently placed a focus on health, expanding the store’s wellness product offering and marketing with the help of a full-time certified natural health professional. This successful strategy boosted sales throughout the store, and made Rodhe’s IGA a destination location in northeastern Ohio.




2017 IGA Australia International Retailer of the Year
Nick Chapley
Frewville Foodland IGA

Frewville, South Australia, Australia
Serviced by: Metcash Food & Grocery
Read Chapley's perspective in the Independent View

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Nick Chapley, an IGA member since 1989, is owner of two retail locations. Award-winning Frewville IGA was Australia’s first certified organic supermarket, with one of the largest ranges of fresh produce in the state. The 3,100 square-meter store also includes prepared foods, a meat servery, bakery, cheese bar and readily available fresh seafood, a health-and-wellness section, and Mr. Nick’s Kitchen and Coffee bar.




2017 IGA Australia International Retailer of the Year
James Kelly
Taylor Rd IGA

Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
Serviced by: Metcash Food & Grocery
Read Kelly's perspective in the Independent View

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James Kelly’s 15,000 square-foot Talyor Rd IGA is known for innovative offerings and service. From providing freshly prepared specialty sausages, house-made tortillas, and duffins a donut/muffin hybrid, to delivering ready-to-eat meals created by in-house gourmet chefs, this award-winning retailer lives up to his motto: "for the love of food.”




2017 IGA China International Retailer of the Year
Weilong Li
Xinglong Happy Family Business Group Co., Ltd.

Shen Yang, Liaoning 110180, China
Read Weilong Li's perspective in the Independent View

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Weilong Li has been in business in China’s northeast region for 24 years, and in that time has grown his operation to include 35 IGA hypermarkets and 50,000 employees. He credits IGA Coca-Cola Institute training with rapidly improving his store’s customer service, and putting him well on his way to his ultimate goal: Becoming China’s Business version of Disney.





Congratulations to our 2017 IGA USA Hometown Proud Retailers!

IGA Licensed Distribution Companies (LDCs) were each asked to submit one Five Star retailer as a candidate for IGA USA International Retailer of the Year. These best-in-class retailers were recognized as 2017 IGA USA Hometown Proud Retailers at the IGA Awards of Excellence Brunch in Las Vegas in February—where Kurt Rodhe was named IGA USA International Retailer of the Year.



IGA Hometown Proud Retailer
Terry Harper
Wagner's Market Fresh IGA 1

Prineville, Oregon
Serviced by: Unified Grocers, Inc. - Portland
Read Harper's perspective in the Independent View

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IGA Hometown Proud Retailer
Joe Jester
Brookville IGA

Brookville, Indiana
Serviced by: Laurel Grocery Company
Read Jester's perspective in the Independent View

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IGA Hometown Proud Retailer
Bill Maffeo
Adams Hometown Markets IGA

Milford, Connecticut
Serviced by: Bozzuto's Inc
Read Maffeo's perspective in the Independent View

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IGA Hometown Proud Retailer
Scott McElroy
Houchens Industries, Inc. Price Less IGA #490

Franklin, Kentucky
Serviced by: Associated Wholesale Grocers - Nashville
Read McElroy's perspective in the Independent View

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IGA Hometown Proud Retailer
Skip Nugent
Best Buy Market IGA

Lemoore, California
Serviced by: C&S Wholesale Grocers
Read Nugent's perspective in the Independent View

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IGA Hometown Proud Retailer
Kurt Rodhe
Rodhe's IGA Marketplace

Millersburg, Ohio
Serviced by: Merchants Distributors, LLC
Read Rodhe's perspective in the Independent View

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IGA Hometown Proud Retailer
David Smith
Minford IGA

Minford, Ohio
Serviced by: SpartanNash
Read Independent View honoring Smith

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IGA Hometown Proud Retailer
Katherine Tatsuda
Tatsuda's IGA

Ketchikan, Alaska
Serviced by: SUPERVALU - Tacoma
Read Tatsuda's perspective in the Independent View

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