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THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  Novmber 2, 2011   ---   The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers hosts the  Dan Stezenko (Quality Market), Steve Fox, Exec. V.P. Nestle Canada (Presenter), David Stezenko (Quality Market)national “Grocer of the Year” awards every October.  Hundreds of independent grocery stores are inspected throughout the year, and rated on a wide spectrum of criteria. 

Photo Dan Stezenko (Quality Market), Steve Fox, Exec. V.P. Nestle Canada (Presenter), David Stezenko (Quality Market)

This year, Quality Market’s Campus Hill store was named “Best Small Surface Store” for the Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario Region.  In addition, our store was named “National Bronze Medal Winner” for all small surface stores in Canada.

We are incredibly honoured to win these awards in a competition which featured hundreds of fabulous stores across the nation.  We believe this is the first time a store from Thunder Bay has ever won a medal in this contest, which has been going on for over 20 years.

Each year, the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers’ (CFIG) Awards Program recognizes the success of outstanding independent retailers and offers insights into innovations that are changing and enhancing the way retailers compete.

This year, CFIG is proud to announce that Dan and David Stezenko of Quality Market, Campus Hill in Thunder Bay, ON were awarded the BRONZE AWARD for Top Independent Grocer of the Year - Small Surface Category

“We couldn’t be more proud of Dan and David” said John F.T. Scott, President and CEO of CFIG. “Their hard work and commitment to their store over the past year has really shown. We are very pleased that they were recognized at GIC this year.”

Quality Market Campus HillThe Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year is the most prestigious award CFIG can bestow. Each year Independent grocery stores from coast to coast in Canada compete for the coveted title in each of the specialty, large, medium and small surface categories. Each of the competing stores is visited personally by a highly respected retail management expert, who evaluates competing stores based on retailing excellence and innovation, store team performance, customer service, space utilization, freshness and cleanliness. Awards are then presented to the best Small, Medium, and Large Surface category winners at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) is a non-profit trade association founded in 1962, which continues to be a collaborative community, equipping and enabling independent, franchised and specialty grocers for sustainable success. Representing over 4000 grocery retailers from every part of Canada, CFIG is a strong and united voice for independent grocers, providing programs for operational excellence, facilitating educational and training programs and fostering enabling-relationships among retailers and suppliers. CFIG is a respected organization that speaks confidently for its retail members to industry, government, and the consumer.

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