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The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has announced its annual call for entries in the Store Manager Superior Service Awards, a yearly program recognizing store managers for their extraordinary achievements in customer and community service.

Store managers or their associates are invited to send in stories that demonstrate how the manager has gone above and beyond the ordinary to support their customers or communities. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and impact on store growth, customer satisfaction and community relations.

“Supermarkets strive to meet the needs of their customers by designing programs that enhance their communities and bring convenience to their lives,” said Tim Hammonds, FMI president and CEO. “Store managers deserve much of the credit for this success, by using personal knowledge of their customers to individualize programs and initiate new ones that best serve their local neighborhoods.”

Three grand prize winners will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize at the 2006 FMI Show in Chicago, IL. All 18 finalists, including the three grand prize winners, will receive two tickets to the FMI Show, three nights of hotel accommodations in Chicago and a certificate of achievement.

All in-store managers in the food, mass merchandise and convenience store industries are eligible to enter after one year of employment at the same store.

Entries will be divided into three categories based on company size. Category A will consist of retailers with 1-49 stores, Category B will include retailers with 50-199 stores and Category C will include retailers with 200 or more stores. Judges will select six finalists from each category and one grand prize winner from each category.

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