Five Grocers Named Among Fortune’s Best Places to Work

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.; Nugget Market; Whole Foods; Stew Leonard’s; and Publix have earned spots on Fortune magazine’s list of 2010’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” which will appear in the magazine’s February issue and is available now online at

Highest on the list is Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans, which took the No. 3 spot. Wegmans has appeared on the Fortune list every year since it was first published in 1998.

“It’s our people who make Wegmans a great place to work,” said CEO Danny Wegman. “They respect and care for one another and for our customers. I am very grateful and proud of what they are able to accomplish.”

Just two slots below, at No. 5, is Nugget Markets, which has made the list five years in a row.

Austin, Texas-based natural and organic retailer foods Whole Foods Market ranked No. 18, and, like Wegmans, has made the list every year since the its inception.

“We thank and congratulate our amazing Team Members for their commitment and dedication that has led to our continued success, and enabled us to once again be ranked on the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list,” said Whole Foods Market CEO and co-founder John Mackey. “We are very happy about this achievement, and pleased to have opened 14 stores in the last year, creating job opportunities for more than 3,300 new Team Members despite a challenging economy.”

Stew Leonard’s ranked No. 64 on the list. “We continuously strive to make Stew Leonard’s a better place to work, each year looking for new ways to recognize and thank our Team Members for their hard work and dedication,” said Stew Leonard Jr., CEO of Norwalk, Conn.-based Stew Leonard’s. “We’ve implemented extensive training and mentoring programs to help our team excel and grow within the company, and have been rewarded with tremendous loyalty and longevity — something that makes us all very proud.”

Regional independent Publix, based in Lakeland, Fla., has also earned a spot on the list every year since its inception, this year coming in at No. 86. “This recognition goes straight to our people, who help make Publix a great place to work every day,” said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “All of our retail and support associates should be proud of this achievement.”

According to Fortune, the driving factors for companies on this year’s list were hiring and the ways in which companies are helping their employees weather the recession.

Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on a survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management’s credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie. The remaining third is based on a company’s responses to the Culture Audit questionnaire, which asks detailed questions about pay and benefits programs, and open-ended questions about hiring, communication and diversity.
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