Wegmans, three other grocers make Fortune list

01/18/2013 01:29:00 PM
Coral Beach

For the 16th consecutive year, Wegmans Food Markets is on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best companies to Work For” list, coming in at No. 5. The Rochester, N.Y., grocer has been on the list since Fortune initiated in 1998.

Three other grocery retailers made the list for 2013:

  •  Nugget Market Inc., Woodland, Calif.;
  •  Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas; and
  •  Publix Super Markets, Lakeland, Fla.

The No. 1 spot went to Google, Mountain View, Calif. The complete list is scheduled to publish in the Feb. 4 issue of the magazine, which should be available on newsstands Jan. 21.

Wegmans’ chief executive officer Danny Wegman said in a news release that the chain’s employees are crucial to its success. He said he believes the only path to great customer service is to have empowered employees who feel their employer cares about them.

Wegmans has been in the Top 10 on the list for 11 consecutive years, the grocer’s news release said. It is one of 13 companies who have made the Top 100 cut every year since the magazine launched the list in 1998. Whole Foods and Publix have also been on the list every year since 1998.

Wegmans’ CEO said in the release that the chain will add employees in 2013 when it completes hiring for two stores that opened in late 2012 in Germantown, Md., and Montgomeryvile, Pa. Additional employees will be needed in early 2014 when Wegmans opens a store in Newton, Mass.

Nugget Market, at No. 37, has been on the list for eight consecutive years and is just a fun place to work, according to the report.

Nugget president Eric Stille said in a news release that an environment of trust and mutual respect helps the company keep employees and customers happy.

Whole Foods’ commitment to transparency in the workplace and allowing staff to know the salaries of all employees are two of the reasons the magazine included the chain on the list.

Publix Super Markets’ full-time turnover rate of 3.2% is described by Fortune as “unheard of in the grocery industry,” and is a key reason it made the list.



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