Local Giant manager gets industry award

Local Giant Manager
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A local Giant Store manager has received a national award, The GIANT Company announced this week.

Local manager gets award
Gary Cottingham

Gary Cottingham, store manager at the Chambersburg GIANT, 925 Norland Ave. is the recipient of a 2020 FMI – The Food Industry Association Store Manager Award.

Recognized in the category for retailers with 50-199 stores, Cottingham received a $1,000 prize. Through an online voting contest, Cottingham was also named the “People’s Pick” contest winner and received an additional $500 to celebrate with his store team members.

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“Congratulations, Gary, on this well-deserved achievement,” said John Ponnett, senior vice president, retail operations for The GIANT Company. “Whether it be his active engagement with team members, the excitement he demonstrates in merchandising his store or finding unique ways to exceed customer expectations, Gary’s purposeful leadership is the foundation of his store team’s success.”

The consummate team player, Gary approaches every day with the expectation that he and his store team will achieve greatness together,”

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Awarded annually, FMI’s Store Manager Awards recognize the store managers’ work in generating sales growth, providing great customer service, and playing an integral role in local communities. FMI cited Cottingham’s authentic communications style, his leadership in driving total sales, customer count, team engagement and promotion of GIANT Direct, and his work in celebrating diversity as vice president of the National Black MBA Association, Harrisburg chapter.

Cottingham joined The GIANT Company in 2005 and has held several roles with the company, progressively advancing from an assistant store manager trainee to store manager.

As the food industry association, FMI works with and on behalf of the entire industry to advance a safer, healthier, and more efficient consumer food supply chain.

FMI brings together a wide range of members across the value chain – from retailers that sell to consumers, to produces that supply food and other products, as well as the wide variety of companies providing critical services – to amplify the collective work of the industry.

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