ShopRite, K-VA-T, Fry’s and Sobeys Employees Celebrated for their Leadership

St. Louis, MO – Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today recognizes four exceptional store managers whose commitments are reflected in their stores’ positive financial performance, associate mentorship programs, and their actions to create meaningful connections within their communities. The FMI 2019 Store Manager Award winners were presented at the Future Leaders eXperience event.

“This industry thrives because of the people we celebrate today who bring their passion and talents to create unique food experiences for the grocery customer. They are the heart of the grocery store—motivating their employees to create memorable in-store experiences that keep shoppers engaged and coming back for more,” FMI Senior Vice President of Member Services Dagmar Farr said. “Store managers don’t just lead – they lead with purpose, with compassion and with a special dedication to their communities.”

Congratulations to the 20th-annual Store Manager Award Winners: 

A Lori Hodgkinson ShopRite_150Category A: (1-49 stores)

Lori Hodgkinson, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc., Croton-On-Hudson, New York

B Tim Collins Food City_150Category B: (50-199 Stores)

Tim Collins, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc., Pikeville, Kentucky

Bruce Yeo_150Category C: (200+ Stores)

Bruce Yeo, Fry’s Food Stores, Chandler, Arizona

D Niki Scott Sobeys_150Category D: (International)

Niki Scott, Sobeys, Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador

People’s Pick Winner

Niki Scott, Sobeys, Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador

The 2019 Store Manager Award winners each receive a $1,000 prize and a crystal award. FMI hosted the fifth annual “People’s Pick” contest, which garnered more than 13,000 votes. The “People’s Pick” contest winner receives a special trophy and $500 to celebrate her store’s employees. Learn more about the finalists and winners at