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Congratulations to our 2014 IGA International Retailers of the Year!

Author: Mark Batenic
Mark BatenicDecember 16, 2013

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Mark Batenic 

Last week you'll recall that we devoted a full week in The Independent View to profiling our 2014 IGA USA International Retailer of the Year Finalists. While you were getting to know these retailers through their retailing "best practices" perspectives, IGA Senior Vice Presidents Doug Fritsch and Dave Bennett and I were traveling around the country to get a firsthand look at their stores.

Choosing which of these finalists would become our 2014 IGA USA International Retailers of the Year was extremely difficult—especially since we heard from employees and shoppers alike that each of these retailers delivers on the IGA Promise of personalized customer service and Hometown Proud commitment in every possible way. The incredibly high standards that our finalists maintain raise the bar for us all, making it easy to understand why we were so filled with pride after visiting each and every one of their stores.

While we consider all six of these retailers to be winners in their own right, we have chosen three who will be honored as IGA USA International Retailers of the Year at the IGA Global Rally in Las Vegas this February. Additionally, those three winners will be joined by two global International Retailers of the Year chosen from other IGA countries.

And so, without further ado, I introduce to you your five 2014 IGA International Retailers of the Year:

Sheila Austin
Buehler's IGA
Houchens Food Group
Darmstadt, IN
Serviced by Associated Wholesale Grocers

Charles Reichert
Southold IGA
Southold, NY
Serviced by Bozzuto's, Inc.

Kevin Young
Young's Payless IGA
Lockeford, CA
Serviced by C&S Wholesale - West

Woody Foster
Foster's Food Fair IGA
Georgetown, Grand Cayman Islands
Serviced by SUPERVALU - Quincy

Roger Drake
Golden Grove Foodland
Golden Grove, SA
Serviced by Metcash Food & Grocery - Kidman Park

Together these five IGA International Retailers of the Year represent the best the grocery retailing world has to offer, and we are particularly proud to have them as members of our IGA family.

We hope that you can make it to our Global Rally to congratulate all of our IGA International Retailers of the Year in person. Visit the IGA Global Rally website for program information and to register to attend.

Mark Batenic