SALISBURY — Food Lion has named the manager of one of its Robeson County stores as it 2016 Ralph W. Ketner Store Manager of the Year.
Wendy Thompson manages the Food Lion store located at 2710 Roberts Ave. in Lumberton. She was selected from a group of more than 1,000 store managers across the company. The grocer’s Store Manager of the Year Award was renamed this year in honor of Ralph W. Ketner, Food Lion’s co-founder, who passed away in May 2016.
“It is such an honor to receive this award and be able to bring it home to my store and my region,” Thompson said. “2016 was an extraordinary year for my team and my peers. They endured and persevered through life-changing moments and came out better than ever. They make me a better person each and every day, and this award is for them.”
Thompson was presented the honor on Feb. 16 at Food Lion’s headquarters in Salisbury, which was attended by her family, colleagues, and Food Lion associates and leaders from across the company.
“The annual Store Manager of the Year event is one of my favorite days of the year, and I can’t think of a better way to honor Mr. Ketner than naming this prestigious award after him,” said Meg Ham, president of Food Lion. “Our store managers bring to life our brand, our strategy and everything we do for our customers. Wendy does a tremendous job leading her team of associates and serving the community every day, especially during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Whether it was her customers or her own store associates, Wendy was there for her associates and neighbors during this difficult time. We’re so proud Wendy is a member of our Food Lion family, and we thank her for everything she does each and every day.”
Thompson, who is also Food Lion’s 2016 Southern Division winner, has been a Food Lion associate for 22 years, including the last 14 years as a store manager.
To honor Thompson, the company will donate $1,000 to Robeson House, Inc. and $1,000 to Borderbelt AIDS Resource Team, the two local feeding agencies that her store partners with throughout the year for food donations and other associate volunteer projects.