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Food City Store Manager Named National Award Winner

“Progressive Grocer Top Women in Grocery”

Abingdon, VA (Thursday, July 5, 2012) – Terri Gilbert, Store Manager of Food City’s Clinton Highway location in Knoxville, TN was recently named among the 2012 Progressive Grocer Top Women in Grocery Award winners.  The program recognizes “the critical role the honorees play within an industry that touches each and every American’s life in some way or another on a daily basis”. 

According to Progressive Grocer, “the judging panel has not only seen the quality of candidates steadily rise, but also the number of worthy candidates,” since the award program’s inception in 2007.  Winners are selected from three separate categories, senior-level executives, rising stars and store managers.

“We are extremely proud to have a member of our store management team receive such a prestigious honor,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.  “Terri is an exceptional store manager.  She is dedicated to her customers, her associates and her community and is most certainly a tremendous asset to our company.”

Gilbert began her career with the retail supermarket chain serving as a cashier while attending high school.  She quickly progressed to scanning coordinator, computer room and front-end manager.  Following graduation, Gilbert accepted a position as head cashier and relocated to Knoxville, TN, where she was promoted to front-end supervisor.  Gilbert later entered the company’s assistant store manager training program and advanced to her current position of store manager.  She is responsible for the daily oversight of 118 associates.  Over the last year, Gilbert’s store has seen significant increases in sales and profits, combined with notable decreases in expenses.

She is a member of the company’s Best Practices Committee, responsible for setting standards with regard to recruiting, interviewing, hiring/orientation and training.  Gilbert chaired the company’s 2012 HOPE Leadership Conference mentoring committee.  Her potential earned Gilbert a spot among the company’s management associates selected to attend a Dale Carnegie course and she was among 45 of the company’s top executives hand-picked to attend the 2011 Food Marketing Institute’s Future Connect Conference.  Gilbert is also a recipient of Food City’s ECO conservation award.  She is active within her community, volunteering her time and talents as a mentor with the Tennessee Scholars; and she currently serves on the board of the Norwood Kiwanis Club, where she is an active participant in fundraising and other club events and activities.  

“I am surprised and honored to receive this award,” said Gilbert.  “I feel extremely fortunate to work for a company that supports and encourages its associates to excel and make a difference in the communities we serve”.

Gilbert will be formally recognized at Progressive Grocer’s Women in Grocery event in Chicago later this year.

Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. currently operates 105 retail food outlets in the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.  For more information on the company, visit their website at