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IGA Names 2005 International Retailers of the Year

CHICAGO -- IGA Friday revealed the names of its 2005 International Retailers of the Year, selected for the annual award from the more than 4,400 IGA retailers worldwide.

The winners are Alan Atwood of Payless IGA in Coeburn, Va.; Kevin Brouillard of Tri Town IGA Foods in East Lyme, Conn.; Brendon Goddard of Long Gully Supa IGA in Long Gully, Victoria, Australia; Tim Myers of Roselawn IGA in Roselawn, Ind.; Louis Young of Payless IGA Market in Copperopolis, Calif; and Paul VanderJagt of Van's Evergreen IGA Plus in Billings, Mont.

A committee of IGA executives and food industry experts made its decisions based on the performance of the retailers in areas ranging from leadership and innovation to hometown involvement and employee development. All six retailers will be honored at an awards dinner ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, March 1 at the Marriott's Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Palm Springs, Calif.

"Our 2005 International Retailers of the Year represent the very best IGA has to offer," said IGA chairman and c.e.o. Thomas S. Haggai in a statement. "While each has demonstrated a strong desire to succeed, coupled with innovative leadership techniques, none has forgotten the simple hometown values that make their stores more than supermarkets, but rather true community centers."

IGA, the only global supermarketer based in the United States, is the world's largest voluntary supermarket network, with aggregate worldwide retail sales of more than $21 billion per year.
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