Chase Safety Mart earns national recognition
Safety Mart Foods showed that being a small town business doesn’t mean you can’t achieve big things, after making their mark on the national stage, and bringing home a silver award.
The 50th Annual Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Toronto, in front of a gala audience of more than 500 leading grocers, suppliers, and distributors at Grocery Innovations Canada 2012, Canada’s premier grocery conference and trade show.
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.
The 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 respected retail management expert, who evaluates competing stores based on retailing excellence and innovation, store team performance, customer service, space utilization, freshness and cleanliness.
This year, Chase’s hometown grocers beat the competition when CFIG announced Brooke and Linda Kynoch of Safety Mart Foods were the winners of the National Silver Award for Top Independent Grocer of the Year – Medium Surface category.
“Just as their slogan says, at Safety Mart Foods, customers are really everything,” said John F.T. Scott, president and CEO of CFIG. “For over 30 years, Safety Mart has been serving the residents of Chase and area with a dedication to customers and community that is second to none, and we are very pleased that they were recognized at GIC this year.”