Progressive Grocer Independent names Buehler’s Fresh Foods One of its 2015 Outstanding Independents
The independent retailer was honored in the “Wow” Factor category for its remodel of the Wooster Milltown location.

Progressive Grocer Independent
honored its 2015 Outstanding Independents at a reception held during the recent National Grocers Association (NGA) Show in Las Vegas on Monday, Feb. 9. Buehler’s Fresh Foods was honored in the “Wow” Factor category for its 14-month remodel of the Wooster, Ohio Milltown location. Pictured at the awards ceremony (left to right), Dan Shanahan, Buehler’s President and COO, and Bob Buehler, Buehler’s Executive Vice President of Marketing and Fresh Goods, and Katie Martin, Progressive Grocer Independent editor-in-chief.

“For the third consecutive year, Progressive Grocer Independent sought the best of the best in several different categories,” said Katie Martin, PGI editor-in-chief. “Buehler’s Fresh Foods truly expressed the ‘wow’ in the ‘Wow’ Factor category. The remodel not only encompassed cosmetic changes with a redesigned dairy department but also featured a retooling of product offerings with the revamped foodservice department as well as beer, wine and liquor categories. It was truly a floor to ceiling remodel.”

The annual awards focused this year on independent retailers who excelled in one of 11 categories: outstanding single-store operator, outstanding multi-store operator, bakery, center store, community outreach, deli/foodservice, meat/seafood, produce, sustainability, technology and “wow” factor. In addition to the awards reception, all of the winners are featured in the February issue of Progressive Grocer Independent.

Candidates for the awards are nominated by industry associations, suppliers, wholesalers/distributors as well as editorial recommendations. This year’s honorees come from a variety of operations throughout the country, but they all have one thing in common: all are independent retailers who have listened and made a connection to their community.

About Progressive Grocer Independent:

Progressive Grocer Independent is the standalone, bi-monthly publication published by Stagnito Business Information that covers independent grocers – defined as primarily wholesaler-supplied grocers. Readership includes the full membership of the National Grocers Association, the International Grocers Alliance’s U.S. membership, and the Food Marketing Institute’s Independent Operator members, as well as select subscribers to Progressive Grocer, PGI’s sister publication.

About Buehler’s:

E&H Family Group owns and operates fifteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods Supermarkets located in Wooster, Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina, Brunswick, Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township, Delaware, Coshocton, and Portage Lakes (Green), and Massillon, Ohio.

E&H Family Group also owns and operates fourteen ACE Hardware stores located in Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township, Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Avon Lake, Garrettsville, and Hilliard, Ohio. E & H Family Group is a family-owned company committed to environmentally responsible behavior.  For more information visit