CHICAGO — IGA here said it has chosen three members as U.S. retailers of the year: Mike Carper, of Mick or Mack IGA, Newscastle, Va.; Tim Henderson, Henderson's IGA, Valentine, Neb.; and Gregory Lukeman, IGA Bohemia, Bohemia, N.Y. They were among eight retailers named as finalists last month. They are to be honored at a banquet March 29 during the IGA Global Summit in Carefree, Ariz. According to Mark Batenic, chief executive officer of IGA USA, the selection process began last fall when IGA asked its licensed distribution companies to nominate retailers who had achieve a five-star rating in the alliance's assessment program; those nominees were narrowed to eight and visited by Batenic and Doug Fritsch, senior vice president, for in-person store evaluations, after which the retailers were asked to submit essays explaining how their store demonstrates operational excellence. Of the three retailers, the one who is deemed to have achieved superior levels of excellence in IGA retailing based on global standards, will be named U.S. international retailer of the year, Batenic said.
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