2019 IGA USA Hometown Proud Retailers Awards

    2019 IGA USA HOMETOWN PROUD RETAILERS 

    Across the nation, IGA USA store owners work day‐in and day‐out to serve their communities with the kind of personalized service and attention to detail that only comes from a locally owned IGA store.
    Each year, IGA honors a select few who stand out as the best retailers among the nation’s more than 30,000 independent retailers. From this winners’ circle of IGA Hometown Proud Retailers, IGA then chooses its IGA USA International Retailer of the Year.

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    Left to right: IGA Chairman Mark Batenic; Mack McLamb; Kevin and Rose Schild; Laura Malisani; Jim Shook and his daughter Allison; IGA CEO John Ross

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    Gary & Leo's Fresh Foods IGA

    Laura Malisani
    Havre, Montana
    Serviced by: UNFI

    Laura Malisani grew up working in the family’s Gary & Leo’s grocery store learning valuable business lessons from her father, Gary, and his business partner, Leo. Today Laura, her husband John, and their business partner Tracy own three Gary and Leo’s Fresh Foods IGA locations, including the award-winning Havre store known for its commitment to local products and high-quality offerings.

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    Mack McLamb

    Carlie C's IGA

    Mack McLamb
    Dunn, North Carolina
    Serviced by: Merchants Distributors, LLC

    As a second generation IGA owner in charge of 25 locations in eastern North Carolina and over 1,500 employees, Mack McLamb is no stranger to change. Over the years, Mack and his family have seen the communities they serve grow, their customer base evolve, and their approach to meeting customer needs transform—but one thing remained the same. Love has always been the driving force of the family business. 

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    Kevin and Rose Schild

    Schild's IGA

    Kevin & Rose Schild
    Grafton, Ohio
    Serviced by: Laurel Grocery Company

    Kevin Schild has been working in his family’s Grafton, Ohio IGA for 43 years—first for his father, and now with wife Rose. The Schilds are committed to providing quality food and great service to their shoppers, which means the store has to keep evolving with the community. From focusing on local, natural, organic and vegan mainstays, to hosting weekly wine tastings and delivering ready meals to the doorsteps of those who can’t make it into the store, Schild’s IGA works hard to stay in tune with their shoppers’ changing tastes and needs.

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    Jim Shook

    Lake Region IGA

    Jim Shook
    Hawley, Pennsylvania
    Serviced by: Bozzuto's Inc.

    Jim Shook has spent over 30 years of his life as an IGA retailer, more than of half of which has been as the owner and operator of Lake Region IGA in Hawley, Pennsylvania, a sleepy resort town with fewer than 2,000 full-time residents. While the town itself might be a little behind, Jim is anything but. He has his nose on the trends, implementing improvements aplenty across the store all in the name of customer satisfaction.

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