Quality Foods in Courtenay’s Driftwood Mall has been named the top grocer 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 national gold as the best of the best in Canada.
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 Tuesday night in Toronto.
The award was presented to the store in large part because of strong and consistent participation in community activities, the shopping experience from a customer’s point of view and many other criteria.
Store manager Dan Gigliotti was elated at the news.
“Being a newer store, this is only the second year we were eligible to compete against other independent grocers. 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,” Gigliotti added.
All 11 QF stores, including the one in Comox, 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, visit www.cfig.ca and see Friday’s Comox Valley Record.