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Deadline Approaching for Outstanding Independents Awards

The deadline for the 5th Annual Outstanding Independents awards is fast approaching. Progressive Grocer editors want to know about all of the great independent operators across the country. Nominate your business or one you know by Nov. 1. The nomination form can be found at

Winners will be featured in the February 2017 issue of Progressive Grocer.

The editors will use several criteria to judge the nominations, including fresh departments such as produce, meat and seafood, bakery, and deli/prepared foods, as well as operational ingenuity in areas like technology and sustainability. Community outreach programs also are open for nominations, as well as any way that operators “wow” their customers.

From the nominations, we will select two Overall Outstanding Operators (one single-store and one multistore) in addition to awarding the departmental and operational honors.

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