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    Nice N Easy Honored

    Company that prides itself on community involvement wins award, recognizes employees.

    CANASTOTA, N.Y. -- Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Inc. recently was named winner of the "Corporate Challenge" category as the leading sponsor of the 2002 America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk.

    Soliciting pledges from personal acquaintances, business associates, customers and family members, runners and walkers from Nice N Easy stores throughout central New York raised almost $16,000 for the Utica, N.Y. chapter of the American Heart Association.

    "This is a great tribute to our people who worked so hard to help make America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk a success," said John MacDougall, president of Nice N Easy. The company has been a leading sponsor of the event for over a decade.

    Nice N Easy employees had something else to cheer about when the company in an April 4 ceremony honored its top stores and employees at its annual awards banquet in Liverpool, N.Y.

    The "Store of the Year" award was given to a new location in Phoenix, N.Y. managed by Ione Hewitt. "Manager of the Year" was awarded to Lori Folgers, while "Assistant Manager of the Year" went to Patti Hopson. Karl Hopkins was named "Foodservice Manager of the Year."

    "These people have really shown leadership as managers, and the success of their stores is living proof of that fact," said MacDougall.

    "Nice Neighbor" location awards were also given to 12 locations for extensive community involvement.

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