Healthy Living Market named ‘Retailer of the Year’ by Grocers’ Association

first_imgKaty Lesser and Healthy Living, were honored by the Vermont Grocers’ Association with the VGA Retailer of the Year award during the association s annual convention at the Sheraton Burlington. The award was presented in recognition of their involvement with the community, food industry, store operations and customer service.Healthy Living is the state s largest natural foods market and has been family owned and operated for over 22 years. Its mission is to provide the community with a market that is dedicated to offering high quality food items at affordable prices, a child-friendly environment, and a place to gather, eat and learn. Lesser is joined in the operation of the store by her son, Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, and daughter, Nina Lesser-Goldsmith. The family has expanded the market several times culminating with the move to a brand new 35,000 square foot store on Dorset Street in South Burlington in 2008.They believe strongly in community service, and have donated to various local non-profits and charities since the store s founding in 1986. The Community Outreach Team at Healthy Living reaches many local organizations every year. As one example, throughout the months of March and April this year, Healthy Living Staff prepared and served five healthy meals a week to at-risk youth who use Spectrum Youth Services Pearl Street drop-in center. The partnership was a wonderful success for all parties and Healthy Living continues to foster similar partnerships with other non-profits in the community. We are very pleased to see Katy, her family and her store recognized with this award. They are dedicated to serving their customers and community, said Jim Harrison, VGA president, who presented the award. They represent that true entrepreneurial spirit as evidenced with the large investment in what is now a showcase of a natural foods marketplace.The Vermont Grocers’ Association is a statewide organization representing approximately 700 stores and 245 suppliers to the industry. The presentation took place at the association s annual convention at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel on September 12, 2009.Note: A photo of Healthy Living with the award can be accessed at: http://www.vtgrocers.org/files/files/Healthy%20Living%20Award.pdf(link is external)Caption: Katy Lesser (center) of the Healthy Living Natural Foods Market along with Ian Roos and Jessica Piccirilli with the VGA Retailer of the Year at the association’s 75th anniversary convention September 12.A video of Healthy Living showed at the award presentation can be found at: http://maltedmedia.com/recordings/ROY2009-97.wmv(link is external).Source: Vermont Grocers’ Association. 9.18.2009last_img read more