Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Thu, Aug. 05

Bashas' named one of the 'Best Places to Work' in Arizona
Employees recognize family-owned grocer’s positive work environment

PHOENIX - Bashas' Family of Stores - the family-owned grocer that operates Food City, AJ's Fine Foods, Sportsman's Wine and Spirits, Ike's Farmers Market, Eddie's Country Store, and both Bashas' and Bashas' Diné supermarkets - was named one of the 'Best Places to Work' by the Phoenix Business Journal and BestCompaniesAZ. Bashas' is the only grocer that made the list for 2007 and this is the second consecutive year the hometown grocer has been recognized for its positive working environment.

"We're very pleased to be recognized for such an honor two years in a row," said Mike Gantt, Bashas' senior vice president of human resources. "The real honor, however, is knowing that our employees had the ultimate say in this award - it's wonderful to know they're satisfied with a well-balanced work environment that addresses both their professional and personal needs. Everyone benefits from this type of environment: our employees, our customers and the communities we serve."

The Best Places to Work award is based solely on employee survey results evaluated and ranked by Quantum Market Research Inc. The survey measured employees' opinions of the company's work environment; opportunities for personal growth and development; people practices; and how the company embraces innovation and new ideas.

In order to be named one of the Best Places to Work, companies had to receive an overall favorable composite score of 80 percent or greater from employee survey results.  According to BestCompaniesAZ, it was more challenging than ever to be voted onto the 2007 list, as there was a 40 percent increase in applications from local companies.

"Companies who receive the Best Places to Work honor are the best of the best," said Denise Gredler, president and founder of BestCompaniesAZ. "This award is extremely credible because it's the direct input from an employer's own workforce that determines whether or not a company makes the list."

Bashas' currently employs more than 13,000 people. The family-owned and operated grocer also has a higher employee retention rate than industry average.

Bashas' was founded 76 years ago by brothers Ike and Eddie Basha Sr. Since then, it has become the largest family-owned grocer in Arizona, and the 12th largest employer in the state. Bashas' is the 15th-largest privately-held supermarket chain in the nation. Bashas' owns and operates more than 160 grocery stores in Arizona, California and New Mexico. For more information, visit Bashas.com or BestCompaniesAz.com.

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