January 31, 2014
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Associates at BI-LO store No. 5707 in Walterboro, S.C. receive their “Best of the Best” awards from a community newspaper Jan. 30. From left, Shawna Gerard with her “Best Cashier” award. Store Director Robbie Smoak, with the “Best Grocery Store” and “Best Local Meat Market” awards and Assistant Director Joelena Vanhulst, with the store’s “Best Bakery” award.​

BI-LO store No. 5707 in Walterboro, S.C. was honored by readers of its hometown newspaper Jan. 30 as they lauded it with seven “Best of the Best” awards, including “Best Grocery Store.”

For three decades, readers of The Press and Standard have voted for the best of Colleton County, S.C. and the results showed that local residents have taken notice of the Walterboro BI-LO’s commitment to customer service.

Ballots were sent to the thousands of readers of The Press and Standard and The Rockin’ Shoppers beginning in November and collected through the end of December.

Colleton County residents were given categories and were able to write in their favorites. With seven recognitions, BI-LO was clearly top of mind in the grocery store category.

BI-LO received first place for Best Grocery Store, Best Bakery, Best Local Meat Market and Best Cashier – Shawna Gerard. The store took second place for Best Pharmacy and Best Customer Service; and third place for Best Local Produce.

“We have really upped our customer service game, and customers really saw the difference,” said Robbie Smoak, store director at BI-LO store No. 5707.

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