Sparkle Markets honored for industry success

Pictured are, from left, Sparkle owners Vincent Furrie Jr., Anthony Modarelli and Eric Gelsomino with Cleveland Food Dealers Representative Bob Lewis. Sparkle Markets was named the 2018 Retailer of the Year by the Cleveland Food Dealers Association for its success and achievements in the grocery industry. (Submitted photo)

YOUNGSTOWN–Youngstown-based Sparkle Markets was named the 2018 Retailer of the Year by the Cleveland Food Dealers Association for its success and achievements in the grocery industry.

Sparkle Markets was presented the award on March 24 at the association’s annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet. This event is the largest of its kind in Ohio and is an opportunity to honor one retailer in Ohio for their accomplishments in the food industry, as well as their dedication to the associates, customers and communities they serve.

Vincent Furrie Jr., president of the Sparkle board of directors, accepted the award on behalf of the 18 Sparkle stores.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our hard work and dedication in the grocery industry and our community,” he said. “Sparkle Markets has been in the Youngstown-area for almost 60 years and was started by many first-generation Americans whose stores are still family-owned and serving the communities they’ve been a part of for years. We pride ourselves on providing a great work environment for our employees, bringing quality groceries to our customers and being a positive influence in our neighborhoods.”

Locally owned and operated Sparkle Markets are located in Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For a complete list of Sparkle Market locations or for more information, visit sparklemarkets.com.

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