Excellence Awards

AWG presents yearly Excellence Awards to retailers and community leaders for their individual and often unique efforts.

The purpose of these awards is to recognize retailers and community leaders who have demonstrated innovative, creative, and thought-provoking ideas, as well as to challenge others to identify new opportunities.

Every AWG member is eligible for an Excellence Award, regardless of store size, location, or length of time with AWG. Throughout the year we encourage stores to share their success stories so that we can recognize those members who demonstrate merchandising expertise. Click Here to see award criteria for each category.

2022 Award Winners

Lou Fox Community Service Award

Kevin Ladd
President & CEO of Food Giant
Supermarkets, Inc.
SVP of Houchens Food Group, Inc.

Store Manager of the Year

Al Cole
B&R Stores, Inc.

Store Merchandising Awards

AWG presents Store Merchandising Awards in the following categories.


Strack & Van Til
Highland, IN
Owned by Indiana Grocery
Group, LLC


City Market
Burleson, TX
Owned by Crandall City Market, Inc.


St. Clairsville, OH
Owned by Riesbeck Food Markets Inc.

Merchandising Event

B&G Fresh Market
Chalmette, LA
Owned by B&G Fresh Market, LLC


Ralph’s Market
Gonzales, LA
Owned by Trosclair &
Trosclair, Inc.

Food Service

Henderson’s IGA
Valentine, NE
Owned by County Fair, Inc.


Corner Market
Hattiesburg, MS
Owned by Roberts Company, Inc.

Center Store

Edwards Food Giant
Brinkley, AR
Owned by GES, Inc.


Crest Fresh Market
Oklahoma City, OK
Owned by Crest Discount Foods, Inc.


Uptown Grocery Co.
Oklahoma City, OK
Owned by Pruett’s Food, Inc.

AWG Brands

Country Mart
Hollister, MO
Owned by RPCS, Inc.