Jeff Brown, founder and CEO of Brown’s Super Stores Inc., has been named the “Pete Manos Retail Executive of the Year,” the publishers of Food World and Food Trade News announced this month. Brown’s selection was the result of tabulating votes from Best-Met Publishing’s web site, www.best-met.com, e-mail correspondence and phone calls from our readers.
The award was first presented to Pete Manos in 1999 and was subsequently named after him. Manos, the former chairman and CEO of Giant Food Inc., received the award upon his retirement from the Landover, MD chain where he spent 39 years. The award is now given to a food industry executive annually, in recognition of distinguished industry service, leadership and community involvement.
Brown’s Super Stores, the Westville, NJ based company that Brown heads, operates 10 ShopRite supermarkets in the Philadelphia area as well as maintaining a partnership with the Klein family on two other ShopRites – one in Parkville, MD and the other to open next year in the Howard Park area of Baltimore City. He is a fourth generation Philadelphia grocer and is the founder, president and CEO of the company which employs more than 2,300 associates who are committed to making a difference for their customers and the local community that they serve.