IGA Names 2009 IGA USA International Retailer of the Year - 11/19/08
Rick Stewart, Susanville Supermarket IGA, Takes Home Prestigious Award
Chicago, IL – IGA announces that Rick Stewart, owner of Susanville-Calf.-based Susanville Supermarket IGA, is its 2009 IGA USA International Retailer of the Year. Stewart was named IGA USA International Retailer of the Year at the IGA USA Awards Banquet held in Merrillville, Ind., on Friday, Nov. 7. He was chosen from among IGA’s USA retailers for having achieved exemplary excellence in retailing and advancement of the IGA Brand in the industry, the IGA Alliance and his community. Stewart will be honored along with fellow IGA Retailers of the Year from other countries at the 2009 IGA Global Summit Awards Gala on March 15, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.
Stewart and his business partner Dennis Darling purchased Susanville Supermarket IGA 15 years ago. Stewart maintains extremely high standards of operation within this store, consistently excelling in IGA’s training and assessment programs. Additionally, Susanville Supermarket IGA sponsors many community events, including the Susanville Symphony, the Fishing Derby, youth soccer and basketball leagues, and local school events, to name only a few. Stewart himself was a founding member of the Susanville Economic Development Commission, Lassen County Planning Commissioner and Lassen Career Network Business Associate of the Year.
“Having visited Susanville Supermarket IGA myself during the judging process, I can truly say that the character and personality of this award-winning store is summed up in two very important words: Hometown Proud,” IGA USA CEO Mark Batenic said. “Rick took home IGA USA’s top retailing honors because his dedication and commitment to his customers and community is obvious in everything he does. We are honored to have him as a member of our IGA retailing family, and commend him for setting such an incredibly high standard for IGA retailers around the world.”
“I am humbled to have received this award,” Stewart said. “No one knows better than I that the people who truly deserve this award are the employees of Susanville Supermarket IGA. It is their dedication and pride in serving our community that has made us successful.”
IGA is the world’s largest voluntary supermarket network with aggregate worldwide retail sales of more than $21 billion per year. The Alliance includes nearly 4,000 Hometown Proud Supermarkets worldwide, supported by 36 distribution companies and more than 55 major manufacturers, vendors and suppliers encompassing everything from grocery to equipment items. IGA has operations in 46 of the United States and more than 40 countries, commonwealths and territories on all six inhabited continents.