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YORK, Pa. -- The Griffin Report of Food Marketing, covering the food industry for supermarkets, restaurants and convenience stores from Maine to Florida, named Rutter’s Farm Stores as its 2008 Convenience Store Innovator of the Year.
The award criteria included foodservice offerings, store design, environmentally conscious initiatives and community outreach, the company reported.
"Rutter’s Farm Stores illustrates a history of innovation … that encompasses solid examples of the award criteria mentioned," The Griffin Report stated. "With this innovation has come success, and with this success has come an incredibly positive impact that can be felt throughout central Pennsylvania."
The Griffin Report cited Rutter’s "ambitious growth plan" in 2008 that included an investment of more than $55 million to build 10 stores and 11 car washes, create 350 jobs and add more than $4.5 million in annual wages and benefits to the central Pennsylvania economy.
The honor continues a string of achievements for Rutter’s in 2008, including a pair of second-place finishes for store design in the 2008 Retail Industry Awards (dubbed the "Oscars of the grocery industry") and Convenience Store News’ Store Design Contest.