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Sugar Loaf Ford Lincoln Recognized As Best Place To Work

2022-2023 Minnesota's Retail Champion Awards

sugarloafSt. Paul (October 4, 2022) –The Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to recognize Sugar Loaf Ford Lincoln with its Best Place To Work award as part of the 2022-2023 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“When you walk in the door of Sugar Loaf Ford Lincoln you instantly know why people love working there,” said Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “Mike and Andy make it their mission to have employees feel valued, recognized, and supported. The team at Sugar Loaf Ford has been working together for many years and it is evident the dealership is as much of a family as anything else. At Sugar Loaf Ford people come first and it’s our honor to recognize them as a Best Place To Work.”

“It is a serious honor to accept this award,” said Mike Puetz. “We are humbled and beyond proud. Our team is our family, and our organization is only as good as the employees that make things happen each day. Sugar Loaf Ford Lincoln is focused on a great customer experience. We believe that if our employees are happy working here, they will in turn treat our customers in the best way possible. As a result, our customers will be with us for a long time, and we are grateful to serve them. For over 45 years this has been our mission and our guiding principle. We are blessed by our employees and this award is because of them.”

Sugar Loaf Ford Lincoln was nominated by the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce and is the sole recipient of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Best Place To Work award. Ten other organizations will be recognized in other categories such as Retail Manager of the Year, Social Responsibility, Customer Experience, Advocate of the Year, Building Community Through Retail, Partner of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Special Achievement and Retailer of the Year.

Mike and Andy Puetz will accept the award during the Retail Rally event on Thursday, October 6, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Golden Valley. The event features practical, game-changing, cutting-edge retail innovation strategies and ideas. Retail Rally event information can be found at www.retailrally.com

Click here to see all the 2022-2023 Minnesota's Retail Champions award winners.

About the Minnesota Retailers Association: The Minnesota Retailers Association promotes, preserves and enhances the retail industry in Minnesota by taking a leadership position in development of public policy and regulatory measures that impact members. MnRA also works to enhance the public image of the retail industry by providing information, services and support that adds value to its members. www.mnretail.org.

Contact: Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (651) 227-6631

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Dan Wolter, Hy-Vee Recognized With Advocate of the Year Award

2022-2023 Minnesota's Retail Champion Awards

Screenshot 2022 10 03 at 13 20 24 DRAFT NOT FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION Minnesotas Retail Champions 2022St. Paul (October 4, 2022) – The Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to recognize Dan Wolter, government relations director at Hy-Vee, with its Advocate of the Year award as part of the 2022-2023 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“Dan is an outstanding advocate not only for Hy-Vee but for the retail industry across Minnesota. Dan has a unique ability to tell the story of retail and its importance to our economy,” said Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president.  “He takes sometimes complicated issues and breaks them down to impacts on customers, employees, and communities. In addition, Dan has the ability to relate to anyone he meets and is able to build effective coalitions on issues impacting Minnesota’s retailers. This award could not go to a more deserving person.”

“Whether it’s buying groceries for tonight’s dinner or having a good-paying job opportunity to pay for that dinner, the lives of Minnesotans are meaningfully impacted each and every day by our retail industry,” said Wolter. “I feel truly fortunate to be able to come to work every day representing not only the helpful smiles of Hy-Vee, but a sector of our economy that puts our customers and our communities first. I am deeply grateful to the Minnesota Retailers Association for this humbling honor.”

Dan Wolter is the sole recipient of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Advocate of the Year award. Ten other organizations and individuals will be recognized in other categories such as Retail Manager of the Year, Social Responsibility, Retail Innovation, Customer Experience, Best Place to Work, Building Community Through Retail, Partner of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Special Achievement and Retailer of the Year.

WEmployee Owned 2olter will accept the award during the Retail Rally event on Thursday, October 6, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Golden Valley. The event features practical, game-changing, cutting-edge retail innovations strategies and ideas. Retail Rally event information can be found at www.retailrally.com.

Click here to see all the 2022-2023 Minnesota's Retail Champions award winners.

About the Minnesota Retailers Association: The Minnesota Retailers Association promotes, preserves and enhances the retail industry in Minnesota by taking a leadership position in development of public policy and regulatory measures that impact members. MnRA also works to enhance the public image of the retail industry by providing information, services and support that add value to its members. www.mnretail.org.

Contact: Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (651) 227-6631

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Buncha Recognized With Partner of the Year Award

2022-2023 Minnesota's Retail Champion Awards

bunchaSt. Paul (October 4, 2022) – The Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to award Buncha with our Partner of the Year award as part of the 2022-2023 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“Buncha has a mission to reinvent the last mile to the customer through scheduled, weekly deliveries, with a focus on neighborhoods, lowering costs, and cutting carbon emissions. And Buncha’s retail partners are loving it,” said Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “Based in Minneapolis, Buncha is one of the fastest growing social commerce platform in the U.S., with plans to expand to 12+ markets in the next 12 months. As a key partner to Minnesota retailers of all sizes, Buncha has changed the way customers look at delivery and its value.  We are honored to celebrate the entrepreneurial team at Buncha with our Partner of the Year award and we look forward to their continue success.”

Buncha is the sole recipient of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Partner of the Year award. Twelve other organizations will be recognized in other categories such as Lifetime Achievement, Retailer of the Year, Retail Manager of the Year, Best Place To Work, Advocate of the Year, Social Responsibility, Special Achievement, Customer Experience, and Building Community Through Retail.

The team at Buncha will accept the award during the Retail Rally event on Thursday, October 6, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Golden Valley. The event features practical, game-changing, cutting-edge retail innovations strategies and ideas. Retail Rally event information can be found at www.retailrally.com.

Click here to see all the 2022-2023 Minnesota's Retail Champions award winners.

About the Minnesota Retailers Association: The Minnesota Retailers Association promotes, preserves and enhances the retail industry in Minnesota by taking a leadership position in development of public policy and regulatory measures that impact members. MnRA also works to enhance the public image of the retail industry by providing information, services and support that adds value to its members. www.mnretail.org.

Contact: Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (651) 227-6631

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