FMS Solutions Announces 2013 “Store of the Year” Winner

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Winner of Second Annual Award Posted Greatest Sales Increases over 12 Months

FMS Solutions ( is proud to announce that Locust Valley Market of Locust Valley, New York is the 2013 FMS Store of the Year. FMS made the announcement during its 40th Anniversary Reception at the 2014 NGA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The grocery store, located in Long Island, has been a consistent contender for FMS’s Store of the Month award, winning it once in 2012, and again in 2013. This consistent ability to maintain sales growth month after month, as well as providing its community with a positive alternative to a big-store format was what made Locust Valley Market the clear-cut winner in 2013.

Locust Valley Market storeowner, David Mandell stated, “This is our fifth year of running the store, and now it’s really hit its stride. Before we took over, the previous owners had been running the store so poorly for so long, there was a lot of negativity within the community to overcome. But in these past five years, we’ve made a lot of inroads with the community and showed them that we’re doing things right and we’re here to stay. We’ve been able to turn that negative will into positive will.”

Mark Ehleben, FMS Vice President, went on to add, "It is a tremendous testament to the leadership and staff of Locust Valley Market to sustain such positive gains throughout 2013. In today’s competitive environment retailers must continue to evolve and serve their customers. FMS is proud to serve Gemstone Supermarkets and Locust Valley Market and congratulate them on their sustained success."

About FMS: In January of 2014, FMS Solutions ( celebrated over 40 years in business. FMS is a 100% Employee-Owned (ESOP) company providing approximately 2,300 Independent Retailers with financial, accounting, and consulting services such as benchmarking, best practices, and mission-critical decision reports throughout North America. FMS is proudly the National Grocers Association’s preferred provider of industry benchmarking, best practices, and mission-critical decision support.


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