Super King Markets received Unified Grocers’ 2016 Ben Schwartz Retail Grocery Visionary Award at a special awards dinner Feb. 9 in Los Angeles. The award is named for Ben Schwartz, the 96-year-old former Unified chairman of the board. Schwartz was in attendance at the awards dinner.
“This is the 11th year that Unified has given the award to an outstanding independent retailer,” Bob Ling, president and chief executive officer of Unified Grocers, said in presenting the award. “On behalf of the entire Unified team, I’d like to congratulate and thank Super King and the Fermanian family for being part of our family.
“The Ben Schwartz Retail Grocery Visionary Award is given annually to the company in our membership that best embodies the spirit of Ben,” Ling continued. “There are lots of great stories of success in our membership, but I can think of no better recipient for this award. Super King has built a reputation as a forward-looking, creative and visionary company and I’m excited to see them grow and thrive as a Unified member in the years ahead.”
The Fermanian family opened the first Super King store in Anaheim, CA, in 1993. The company has grown and evolved, building a strong market share in and around Los Angeles. Today, Super King operates six markets, with locations in Anaheim, Altadena, Claremont, Van Nuys, Northridge and Los Angeles.
“Ben Schwartz is a legend in our business and it’s an honor to receive this prestigious award. My thanks to Unified,” Super King co-founder Vache Fermanian said while accepting the award on stage, surrounded by the rest of the Fermanian family.
In addition to the award that was presented to Super King Markets, a duplicate is on permanent display in the lobby of Unified’s headquarters building in Commerce, CA. A plaque recognizing Super King Markets has been added to the permanent award.