Quality Foods in Courtenay’s Driftwood Mall has been named the topgrocer in all of Canada by the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG).
Regionally, the store came out in the top spot in the large store category for B.C. and the Yukon for the second year in a row, then went on to capture the national gold as the best of the best in Canada.
“Being a newer store, this is only the second year we were eligible to compete against other independent grocers,” said store manager Dan Gigliotti. “The quality of stores competing each year here and across Canada is very high. The independents in this category are the best of the best, so we are thrilled with this recognition.”
“This award is because of our people who work in the store every day; really it belongs to all of them. It’s hard to express how very proud I am of their character, hard work and commitment to providing the best shopping experience possible.”
The honour, part of the Independent Grocer of the Year Awards program, was accepted by QF founding partners John Briuolo and Ken Schley on behalf of Dan Gigliotti and his store people at the annual awards dinner on October 2 in Toronto.
Nanaimo’s Northridge Village Road Quality Foods’ entry into the Master Merchandiser Awards was the judge’s favourite in the medium store category, winning the gold across Canada. The store went on to win a Platinum Award as the best in all categories across Canada.
All 11 QF stores received an Award of Merit from judges who visited all applicants across all Canadian provinces and territories. An Award of Merit qualifies a store for further awards. For more information about the awards, visit:
– Submitted by CFIG/QF